Cardinal asserts that child raping priests shouldn’t be punished.

I give up on satire for the rest of my life.  I couldn’t even make this shit up. “If I – as a normal being – choose to break the law, knowing that I’m breaking the law, then I think I need to be punished.” He said he knew at least two priests, who became [Read More...]

Another company that sucks: Jimmy John’s.

Man, it’s going to pain me to give up Jimmy John’s, but it’s the thing to do. A CEO who has publicly railed against the cost of providing health insurance to his employees has donated tens of thousands of dollars to a private health care clinic in his Florida community. In an interview with Fox [Read More...]

Atheists, get your bracket on!

BOOM!  Here’s a WWJTD bracket group over on ESPN courtesy of Matthew.  I’m gonna go fill mine out right now. Last year Michaelyn got lucky and leap-frogged me at the last second because she took KU to the final game.  She’ll make the same mistake this year even though she insists she won’t. Although, to [Read More...]

Atheist NCAA brackets?

I’m going to fill out an NCAA bracket.  I’d love to do it with other atheists.  First person to submit a link to a WWJTD group on some bracket site will have the link posted here. [Read more...]

Thanks for the feedback, Peg.

More Catholic commenters.  Peg is displeased with my article about the KC Atheists getting barred from the St. Patty’s Day parade. Well, to be annoying, that would “pedantic.” And the notion that a bunch of heathens adopt my cultural heritage observation day to drink green beer, get drunk, and wear green is offensive to my [Read More...]

Thanks for the feedback, Emmet.

Oh goodie!  Some Catholic commenters came over to play while I was in Wichita.  My favorite has to be Emmet. Exactly – “pretty much everything” – so when it comes to having a go at the Catholic Church, evidence for claims isn’t required as long as “pretty much everything” is correct? Right. Of course you [Read More...]

Tips for new debaters.

There was a debate at Skeptics of Oz that had me salivating to be up on stage destroying the theist side.  But it’s important to let new debaters get their feet wet.  It was kind of heartwarming to watch the atheist team make some of the same mistakes I made when I first began doing [Read More...]

Two more “Go Godless” billboards going up in Texas.

Woke up to another American Atheists press release in my inbox.  Dave Muscato apparently takes his job pretty seriously.  :P  Anyway, two more of their “Go Godless” billboards are going up in Texas.  From the press release: Featured on the two new billboards are former Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry. The [Read More...]

Off to sunny St. Louis!

I’ll be at the Schlafly Bottleworks tonight at 6pm hanging out and answering questions for the St. Louis Atheist Meet Up.  Also drinking.  If you like any of these things and if you’re in or around St. Louis, pop on down.  [Read more...]

Back in Lawrence.

Just got back from Skeptics of Oz.  Good times.  Will write some more tomorrow as I’m presently beat and getting ready to go celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Michaelyn. I just opened up my laptop and, in the space I usually reserve for the things I need to blog about, I found: How pretty Michaelyn [Read More...]

These shirts are epic.

Oh, those Kansas City Atheists.  Barred from participation in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, they are making waves and are going to be operating an Ask an Atheist booth at the parade…all while wearing these shirts. I love euphemisms.  Something as simple as “Lucky to be a Kansas City Atheist” can convey a message like [Read More...]

Pakistani ambassador accused of blasphemy on account of opposing the death penalty for blasphemy.

Sherry Rehman is a Muslim, and Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States.  She has recently been accused of blasphemy, a “crime” for which she could be put to death. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, an outspoken advocate for freedom of the press and for reforming the country’s harsh death penalty laws, was [Read More...]

A strange justification for a new student group.

A student named Ken Harding is starting a second secular group at Missouri State, where I went to college.  I support him and wish him all the best.  But in his write up over at the CFI On-Campus blog, this paragraph struck me as odd: Springfield, Missouri, affectionately known as the buckle of the Bible [Read More...]

Off to Wichita to give the mental illness talk.

Today I’m off to Wichita for Skeptics of Oz.  After I gave my Skepticon 4 talk on mental illness I got flooded with requests to give the same talk.  I was touched, but had to decline all of them.  I’m glad I gave the mental illness talk, but it took a lot out of me.  [Read More...]