Supreme Court to Decide Same-Sex Marriage Issues

HUGE news from the trenches of human rights warfare: This afternoon Bloomberg reported that, for the first time, the Unites States Supreme Court will address issues pertaining to same-sex marriage. SCOTUS will take issues related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s same-sex marriage, which has seemed like a yo-yo the way it [Read More...]

Comment roundup 12/7.

The other day I posted a letter to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette griping about how those mean atheists are insisting that a school/church in Little Rock, Arkansas obey the law.  I also posted my father’s submission rebutting said letter. Someone by the name of Ben Allen did not care for dad’s opinions and released his [Read More...]

Old friends.

I drove to Springfield, MO today so I could fly out tomorrow to speak at the Humanist Community of Central Ohio’s Winter Solstice Banquet.  I went to college here, so I came up a day early to hang out with old friends. Many of them have bought houses.  We’re all so different, and we haven’t [Read More...]

Charlie Brown Christmas Field Trip Cancelled

The field trip by the local elementary school to a church to see the Charlie Brown Christmas play, complete with Bible soliloquy, has been cancelled. This is not a win for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. Why not? Because the church, and not the school, is the entity that blinked. And that’s too bad. We [Read More...]

A Reader’s Legal Question: Student-Led Prayers

Reader questions are edited to eliminate references to specific people and places, unless there’s a need to call out the cavalry. If you see something here that almost resembles your question, but your main concern isn’t addressed, go ahead and ask again in the comments. I’ll do my best to respond.   Reader Question: I [Read More...]

Sanal Edamaruku Proves, Once Again, No Miracle

So, there’s this statue of the Madonna that sits in a small grotto near Ballinspittle, County Cork, Ireland, that allegedly started breathing and gesturing when it was approached by some worshippers back in 1985. “It’s a miracle!” cried devout Irish Catholics, who flocked to observe the moving, floating statue by the thousands. Since then, more [Read More...]

The Week in Review – Law and Atheism 12/6/2012

This week’s legal roundup: The Christian Family Coalition persuaded the Miami-Dade County Commissioners to institute a prayer to start off each meeting. Commissioner Dennis Moss was understandably upset at the passage of the ordinance, and objected vociferously, which displeased the CFC. It seems that they expect their elected officials never to defend the wall of [Read More...]

Dad throws down on the Charlie Brown case.

The story about the production of A Charlie Brown Christmas has reached our state newspaper.  This letter made it into the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. It’s freedom of choice It seems the freethinkers are raising a stink about some primary-school kids going to see A Charlie Brown Christmas as a school field trip. The person being [Read More...]

The Legend of Uncle Bobolink, Part III.

THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART I THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART II This continues the saga of a troll who keeps swapping his IP address to get around being banned, and who keeps having his comments mysteriously altered by a powerful sorcerer. With sudden relief, Bobolink remembered some of Faithbrand’s magical qualities: it [Read More...]

Marco Rubio defers to science…kind of.

Marco Rubio has gotten a little more specific about the age of the Earth. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attempted to clear up Wednesday his controversial answer to a question about the Earth’s age last month. “Science says (the Earth) is about 4.5 billion years old. My faith teaches that’s not inconsistent,” Rubio said [Read More...]

The Legend of Uncle Bobolink, Part II.

THE LEGEND OF UNCLE BOBOLINK PART I Bobolink has returned, once again morphing his IP address.  Once again, his comments were edited for my (and now your) amusement. “For Reasonsbane!” shouted Bobolink, charging the castle with a vigor accumulated over years of stewing and grumbling to himself while reading atheist blogs. Sadly, in the dark [Read More...]

The rod was not spared.

A couple in Las Vegas has beaten their seven year-old child to death for not reading the bible. Police say Palmer later admitted that he beat Roderick with numerous household items, including a belt, a spatula and a wooden paddle, as well as with his hands. Dina Palmer, who initially denied involvement in the beatings, [Read More...]

The Legend of Sir Uncle Bobolink, Mightiest of the Trolls.

Some bloggers just ban trolls who hinder the conversation.  Not I.  If somebody trolls my blog, I edit their comments to amuse myself before adding their new IP to the ban list. There is a group of sock puppet trolls in the Kansas City area who are, to be perfectly frank, deranged.  They are banned.  [Read More...]

The American Psychological Association removes Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

The APA is apparently reclassifying those who have Asperger’s, which will no longer be a diagnosis under the DSM-V: The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be [Read More...]