Report Released on How Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible

Anne here… Nearly 50 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, and held that public school courses that use the Bible in a purely secular manner, and which do not cross the line into religious instruction or present the subject from a particular religious viewpoint, are acceptable. Ever since, [Read More...]

Comment roundup 2/1 part II.

And the glory keeps coming.  Next is Harv, who doesn’t like perversity. when DIVERSITY becomes PERVERSITY The typical UNIVERSITY now prides itself on DIVERSITY. But watch out when DIVERSITY becomes PERVERSITY. That’s when God will put His CURSE-ITY on the whole world (see Malachi 4:6 – NIV)! For dessert Google “Separation of Raunch and State,” [Read More...]

Comment roundup 2/1 part I.

I’m going to have to do a couple comment roundup posts today, since there were a lot of comment gems this last week. First, a Mormon commenter who thinks I overstated the inequality of women in the Mormon church. This article makes me sad and most of the comments even sadder. I can understand how [Read More...]

When Christians try to “help” gay teens.

The “don’t say gay” bill in Tennessee died last year, but it has now resurfaced with provisions that would require teachers and counselors to out LGBT teens to their parents. The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, [Read More...]

Can’t a Christian just be cruel on the down low?

Last week, a picture got popular on reddit.  It seems a table of 20 (most likely a large post-church gathering which, I can tell you after years of working restaurants, is the most sure way to get a lousy tip) didn’t like the auto-gratuity of 18% for large groups getting added to the bill.  So [Read More...]

I’m a big bad columnist. w00t!

American Atheist magazine has published my first article, The Power of Coming Out.  To get a digital subscription to the magazine, all you have to do is become a member of American Atheists.  Easy, right?  Here’s an excerpt. Realize that part of the reason it is so hard for you is that generations before you [Read More...]

Wayne LaPierre misses the point.

The NRA’s executive VP has been trotting out this argument that we don’t need background checks for firearms purchases because criminals will just get guns anyway – as if that’s a good reason to make it easier on them. He tried it while testifying to congress yesterday, saying you’ll never get criminals to go through [Read More...]

Who could’ve known that?

So…a guy who had sex with a thirteen year old girl won’t be going to jail.  Why?  Because he didn’t know it was against the law.  Seriously. A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school [Read More...]

What’s your Space Jam?

I thought you could use some inspiration. Not cool, Robert Frost. [Read more...]

A Rainbow in the Kentucky Mountains

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to give a good legal roundup for a couple of weeks – I’ve been having trouble with my right hand, and what I thought was arthritis behaving badly has turned out to be a couple of gnarled tendons that are going to have to get cut [Read More...]

The GOP has some real problems with racism.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a mystery to me.  They support a group that positively despises them and want to make their lives less happy.  The Hispanic Buzzword Leadership Network is kind of in the same vein.  It’s a group of racial minorities supporting the party that regularly attempts to discourage minority voters and has [Read More...]

LaPierre: it’s all or nothing on gun control.

Wayne LaPierre is keeping up with the insights on how to reduce gun violence. There’s no point in pursuing universal background checks for firearms purchases, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre plans to tell the Senate tomorrow, because bad guys will get guns anway. Yes, we won’t stop all criminals from getting guns, so [Read More...]

Foster Freiss is going to keep investing in Rick Santorum.

Foster Friess is a very rich man.  No big, he earned it.  However, I’m at an utter loss for how somebody so completely clueless can get that rich. Friess was a big donor to Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries this last election, and boy, does he ever want Santorum again in 2016. Friess jumped [Read More...]

Ethics in Illinois.

After all the fallout with Rod Blagojevich, it’s probably a good thing that the state of Illinois has an Ethics Commission.  It’s also a good thing for those of us who appreciate irony like, say, a former commissioner for the Ethics Committee getting popped for violating ethics laws. A former member of the Illinois Executive [Read More...]