Poll: should doctors be able to refuse treating a patient due to religious beliefs?

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is running a poll on their website about whether doctors have a right to refuse services to women based on the doctor’s religious beliefs (it’s on the right-hand side bar). I just voted and, right now, 85% of respondents think doctors should be allowed to refuse treatment [Read More…]

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Epic Rap Battles of History: Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye.

This newest Epic Rap Battles of History came out today and it’s god damn epic.  And that actor playing Isaac Newton looks and sounds awfully familiar… [Read more…]

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Romney and McCain disingenuously criticize Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

On Friday Mitt Romney said, of Obama withdrawing our troops from Iraq, “Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.”  I could write about the obscenity of that statement, but an actual veteran of the war has written a viral [Read More…]

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Pastor scars child by burning him with hot stones in order to expel demons.

In Ghana a pastor and his assistant have been convicted of using hot stones to brutally burn a nine year-old boy in order to expel demons from him: A pastor and his assistant who used heated stones to burn the body of a nine-year-old boy at Mankessim in the Central Region under the pretext of [Read More…]

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35 years later military changes lesbian’s discharge to “honorable.”

Army vet Lisa Wiszmiller describes how gay people were treated in the military back in the day.  It turns out some people are just too gay to fight for their country: “Back then, the treatment was barbaric,” Weiszmiller said, recalling that soldiers who were thought to be gay were interrogated for hours and punished with [Read More…]

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How many second generation atheists out there?

I heard atheists accused of indoctrinating people this morning and it got me thinking.  Could we even do that?  When I’m giving a talk and I ask “How many of you used to be religious?” usually almost every hand goes up, suggesting that by and large atheists escaped indoctrination of religious parents, not the other [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Obama will issue executive order to protect LGBT workers.

Hat tip to Zack Ford for breaking this one: The White House announced Monday that President Obama will issue an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The order, expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is [Read More…]

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Glenn Beck warns that Obama about to start putting conservatives in concentration camps.

When you’re not being oppressed but you still want a piece of that oppression pie, just make shit up.  It works about as well: A Mormon pissing and moaning about how his opponents are indoctrinating people is too much irony even for a connoisseur like myself. [Read more…]

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SCOTUS refuses to hear appeal of a public school that held graduation in a megachurch.

The Elmbrook School District thought this was a suitable setting for a graduation: At the graduations, students received their diplomas underneath an immense Christian cross. Parents and children sat in pews filled with Bibles and hymnals, “Scribble Cards for God’s Little Lambs” and church promotional cards that asked them whether they “would like to know [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: so much cute.

You cheeky bunch went and got the blog to 6,000,000 hits yesterday anyway, even without me posting anything substantial.  I’ll figure out some way to celebrate once I’m back in Kansas.  Speaking of which, I’ll be married in less than two weeks.  O.o  HO LEE SHIT. Anyway, I couldn’t decide which image to post for [Read More…]

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Some guy decided to evangelize to Michaelyn at her bachelorette party.

While waiting for a taxi after her bachelorette party, someone apparently told Michaelyn that god was pleased she’s getting married (someone should tell god who she’s getting married to). Without missing a beat, drunk Michaelyn says “No, he’s not pleased because I don’t believe in god. *I’m* pleased.” I’m gonna marry her. [Read more…]

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Stealing glory from our troops.

I saw this today and it made me glare. Way to thank god for what the soldiers do.  You’re not honoring them, you’re crediting someone else for their effort and sacrifice.  Not cool.  If you’re not going to blame god for what criminals do, don’t thank him for what soldiers do. What really pissed me [Read More…]

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Premature 6,000,000 hits party.

Hey everybody.  Back when I was with Freethoughtblogs I was generally their third most-read blog on most days (behind PZ Myers and Ed Brayton).  I remember starting out at about 95,000 hits per month, which is still pretty solid in the blogging world, then watching as my daily traffic eclipsed high-traffic blogs like Greta Christina’s.  [Read More…]

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Pastor John MacArthur: you must alienate gay kids and turn them over to Satan.

A California pastor has said on his show that the answer to gay children is to ostracize them and “hand them over to Satan.”  Here’s the video:   Pastor John MacArthur, host of the Grace to You show, has a solution for the whole gay…thing. Parents struggling to reconcile their faith-based bigotry with the news [Read More…]

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