Response to a comment on grieving.

I got this comment from Mary a few days ago: Has anyone here experienced the loss of a parent? Has your atheism helped or hindered your grieving process? I’m going through a very difficult loss right now and am having trouble reconciling my stated belief (or non-belief as the case may be) with what I’m [Read More...]

Go see a musical about leaving faith.

While in college I was cast in the premier of a show called Frog Kiss.  It was one of the more enjoyable shows I ever did. It was directed by a man named Chris Levy and his partner Ned Wilkinson.  They have since moved to Orlando and are making it as musicians.  Well, Ned has [Read More...]

Underselling love.

Bhaas left me this comment last night: I’m sad that I live in a world where sex is thought of as cheap entertainment with the value of a handshake. I think eventually, a generation is going to see through the muck, religious or not, and want something deeper and more sacred than what you describe [Read More...]

Owl cake!

While grocery shopping the other day, Michaelyn spied an issue of Better Homes & Gardens with an owl cake on the front.  She insisted she had no choice but to add it and a bunch of cake stuff to the cart.  So yesterday Michaelyn and I spent a part of the day making a blue [Read More...]

Law and Secularism – The Week in Review

Religious Freedoms The Kentucky legislature overwhelmingly voted Tuesday night to override the governor’s veto of HB 279, a controversial “religious freedom” bill. The one paragraph bill states: Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief [Read More...]


Hey people! Christina here… Even though JT tells me I can write whatever I want, whenever I want on this here blog, I sort of made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t turn this space into ZOMG-AMPUTEE-DISABILITY-ADVOCACY-CHECK-OUT-MY-LEG central. However, I owe you guys. I owe you guys a big thank you. This journey to [Read More...]

Americans United: Marriage Equality is a Matter of Simple Justice

The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing oral arguments in a case about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law that bars federal government recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. Yesterday, the justices heard arguments in a case dealing with Proposition 8, a California constitutional amendment that removed the right of same-sex [Read More...]

If two men/women can marry, Christians will be forced underground.

Pastor Jim Garlow, one of the primary figures behind prop 8.  He’s this guy: Anyway, he just went on Janet Mefferd’s show to talk about gay marriage.  Did you know that if we let two consenting adults get married, even if they are of the same gender, that Christians will have their property seized and [Read More...]

Letter from an ex-believer.

While on the road a couple years ago, I met a friendly young woman who was a Christian.  We didn’t argue, but she knew who I was and what I did for a living.  Several years later, that allowed this conversation to take place: JT, these people are going to give me an aneurism. This [Read More...]

People still beheading witches.

Just a reminder: people are still beheading witches in the world because their religions have passages instructing them to (looking at you Islam and Christianity): Police in Kayunga District are hunting for a group of residents in Tangoye Village over allegedly beheading of their colleague, whom they accused of being a witch. I’m curious if [Read More...]

When your favorite tactic doesn’t work.

Ed Brayton posted a link to the FRC where they are encouraging their followers to pray that the SCOTUS judges make the “right” call in the two gay marriage cases they’re taking up this week. May God guide us in praying for each member of the Supreme Court: for Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader [Read More...]

Atheist packages more likely to go missing.

This is interesting.  An atheist German shoe company ran an experiment by shipping two packages to all their USA customers for a while.  One package was taped using their “Atheist” branded tape, and the other with normal old tape.  The result?  Packages branded with the word “Atheist” were ten times more likely to be lost. [Read More...]

Help support Reasonfest in any way you can.

Hey gang. I used to organize events – the free kind, so that all the people who couldn’t afford to get into American Atheists or TAM would still be able to be a part of that community.  My dream was not just a second-hand conference for those who were financially barred from the big conferences, [Read More...]

Huckabee: If GOP accepts gay marriage Evangelicals will form a third party.

It’s funny.  Only two years ago the GOP was continuing to use gay marriage as a wedge issue.  We were to believe that there was a pernicious homosexual agenda at work that would undermine and destroy straight marriage – and that the GOP were the ones to stop it.  Now that people are catching wise, [Read More...]