Law and Secularism – the Week in Review 3/7/13

Reproductive Rights News Arkansas has passed the most restrictive abortion laws in the entire country. Both bills were vetoed by the governor, who said they were unconstitutional,  but the state legislature overrode both vetoes in quick measure. I ranted about this on my own blog earlier this week, and all the depressing details are there. [Read More...]

Global warming to be taught in public schools.

Holy shit!  Public schools are actually going to teach science in science classes! New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation’s classrooms. The [Read More...]

Madison Freethought Festival getting clever.

The Madison Freethought Festival is this weekend.  It’s in Madison, WI (hence the name), it’s free, and it will be home to some of the most influential people in atheism like Dan Barker, Eugenie C. Scott, Hemant Mehta, Katherine Stewart, Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Darrel Ray, Dale McGowan, Amanda Knief, Andrew Seidel, and Chris Calvey.  [Read More...]

Way to represent, Polyskeptic!

Polyskeptic, friends of this here blog (or, I should say, a blog I’m friends with), were featured on Our America with Lisa Ling.  Amazingly, the story gives a positive, slantless, realistic look at polyamory.  I know I was shocked. I Love You & You… & You: How To Create a Polyamorous Family Philadelphia couple Gina [Read More...]

Anti-choice…because of compassion?

Here’s a terrible story that shows just how fucked up a person’s idea of compassion can be.  A woman named Crystal Kelley agreed to be a surrogate mother for a couple.  The couple would get a healthy child, and Kelley would get a $22,000 fee for carrying the baby and the joy that comes with [Read More...]

Rebecca Hamilton doesn’t like DoJ’s amicus brief to overturn DOMA.

Rebecca Hamilton, over at Public Catholic, is worried about the amicus brief filed by the Obama DoJ imploring the SCOTUS to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  Her gripe is it twofold.  First, she complains that it would muddle the laws: The act does not prohibit states from allowing gay marriages, neither does it obligate [Read More...]

Vatican insists a man who shielded child rapists must help elect their new moral leader.

By now we all know the name Roger Mahoney (if you don’t, click here, here, and here).  It turns out that many Catholics, who align themselves with a church that claims the Pope is infallible, don’t like the Pope’s decision to have Mahoney help decided who gets to be the next Pope. Cardinal Roger M. [Read More...]

Iowa bill would make divorce most difficult to prevent promiscuity.

A GOP lawmaker in Iowa has introduced a bill that would make it harder to get a divorce, and Monday this bill was actually moved out of committee.  His motivation is to decrease promiscuity in women. “This basically is an attempt on my part to keep fathers in the home,” Gassman said. “I sincerely believe [Read More...]

Maybe we should suffer a witch to live?

It’s been discovered that a couple who believed their daughter was a witch had locked her in a room without food and beat her. A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his six-year-old daughter, Edidiong, as a result [Read More...]

Dave Muscato: best hire of the year.

Dave Muscato has a post over at the Friendly Atheist in which he becomes American Atheists’ employee of the year on his first day on the job.  He’s talking about the Sarah Palin billboard that ever so slightly misquotes her (though it did not at all alter intent) and what they’re going to do about [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: what would you do?

There are some days when I miss performing.  I’m the type of performer who doesn’t need an audience (though, like all performers, I can certainly appreciate one).  I just like being with a cast and creating a role, and falling into that character.  I always considered myself an actor who sang, not the other way [Read More...]

Dad on wealth inequality.

A friend of my father’s posted my link to the wealth inequality video.  In came Agatha (name changed) with the following objection: ok. I watched it. and I have a couple problems with it. First off… how do you know his statistics (or ANYONE’s for that matter, are correct and accurate? (Oh that’s right, if [Read More...]

The ultimate anti-gay marriage commercial.

Behold!  A commercial for how things would really look if marriage equality could really destroy the institution of marriage. [Read more...]

I think Bad Catholic gets a lot wrong about the Pope.

Marc has a post on Bad Catholic that is getting shared around about the Pope stepping down.  I don’t like it.  Here’s why. On the day of his anointing he wore a sweater underneath his finery, for it was cold. “Pray for me,” he said to me, “that I may not flee for fear of [Read More...]