NCAA National Championship open thread

Tonight Kentucky plays Kansas for the national title. Kentucky is a juggernaut this year, and I have a really hard time imagining they’ll lose this game.  They’re not invincible, but they’re damn close. However, John Calipari is a cheater.  Perhaps, even though he vacated final fours with UMass and Memphis for cheating, he’s legitimately landing [Read More...]

Hey all you apologists for Christianity, wanna make a bet?

Just read this. GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ)-Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  The explosion started a  fire that quickly burned itself out. The fire and explosion caused a small amount of damage [Read More...]

Religion and science not compatible. /obvious day

From the American Sociological Association. While trust in science remained stable among people who self-identified as moderates and liberals in the United States between 1974 and 2010, trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent during the same period, according to new research from Gordon Gauchat, a postdoctoral fellow at the [Read More...]

On the suicide of Fakhra Younus

Christina here… On March 17th, 33 year old Fakhra Younus, Pakistani victim of an acid attack (allegedly) perpetuated by her then-husband, committed suicide. Her suicide brings attention to the horrific human rights violations of the patriarchical, male-dominated Islamic country of Pakistan. After undergoing 30+ operations to repair her body, probably countless hours of physical therapy, and living [Read More...]

Ok, ok, I'm not *really* becoming a musician

Ok, I’m not leaving atheism in order to become a Christian rock singer.  Yesterday was April Fools Day.  I had spent the previous three days doing set up for Greta’s April 1 post on twitter.  I was talking about how much I miss singing, about how hard it is to make money as a singer, [Read More...]

To the more hateful commenters on this blog

There’s been an uptick in the drive-by “insult JT personally” brand of believers lately.  Whether it’s making fun of me for my mental illness or hypothesizing about the size of my genitalia, there are a couple things you true believers should bear in mind. 1.  Note our differences. You may not like it that I’m [Read More...]

Congratulations to Stephanie Zvan – FtB will miss you!

Last month I got to give a talk in Minneapolis where I was given Conan the Bar-Bear-ian in exchange for speaking.  One of the attendees was sci-fi writer Stephanie Zvan, the author of the blog Almost Diamonds here on FtB.  I had wanted to meet her for a while and was pleasantly surprised to find [Read More...]

Tim Minchin nails it

Michaelyn sent me this picture with one of Minchin’s quotes from the Reason Rally. It reminded me of Sam Harris’ opening to his Atheist Manifesto. The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny [Read More...]

Signing stuff

Christina and I got asked to sign a bible at American Atheists 2012.  So disrespectful, so irreverent (yet so true…).  Blasphemy is, well, a blast. Thanks to Steve Groesbeck for the pic.  Doesn’t it seem like his pictures are always the ones that retroactively define big conferences? [Read more...]

What the fuck, Kansas?

I really hope that the legislature in Kansas is ramping up for a big April Fools joke, because otherwise the shenanigans they’re pulling are the opposite of funny. In a typical Math 002 class, you might find an 18-year-old freshman sitting next to a 35-year-old mother of two. The freshman might be there because he [Read More...]

Kansas House passes bill allowing religious people to discriminate against homosexuals

I used to think tornadoes were the most destructive things in Kansas, then I got a good view of their state legislature. The Kansas House on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow a religious defense to discriminate against gays. Yes, you read that properly.  The Kansas House, charged with maintaining equality for its citizenry, just [Read More...]

Atheists: open your mouth and we hate you.

Christina here… I’ve noticed since the Reason Rally, certain attitudes about atheists are cropping up in news media outlets and blogs. Not that I’m surprised. It will be a cold day in a nonexistent hell when atheists hold a rally or event and get only positive reactions in the USA. Now, a lot of news [Read More...]

it's not all doom and gloom

DrB- JT said I should put a picture at the top of posts. I countered that then somebody might recognize me, and no good could come from that. That would reduce my ability to sit quietly in the back. Does this count? I’m in there somewhere.   Now with that over with, I did come [Read More...]

Thank you to the American Atheists crowd

At the American Atheists conference I was scheduled to speak at the costume dinner (which had a price tag of $200 $50 to get in, I believe).  All day on twitter people were wondering if people who didn’t pay for the dinner could get in to see my talk.  Dave Silverman, who freaking rules, saw [Read More...]