The smoke is white, just like every pope ever.

Apparently a new pope has been elected by mortals, rather than appointed by god.  Again.  I’m sure this guy will be an absolute gem, and that reading the Catholic blogs on my reader over the next week won’t make my brain bleed. As Matt Dillahunty tweeted, are we sure the white smoke isn’t just god [Read More...]

Excommuncation app.

Want to formally request excommunication from the Catholic Church?  There’s an app for that. Welcome to the Excommunicate App the formal application people can use to express and request a formal Excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. People for differing reasons may wish to be excommunicated; perhaps simply they don’t wish to be counted as [Read More...]

Rand Hultgren: abstinence-only education has “incredible success records.”

“Use, do not abuse.  Neither excess nor abstinence ever rendered man happy.”  ~ Voltaire Rand Hultgren just went on the Washington Watch to trumpet his new legislation, and to brag about how abstinence-only education works. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) appeared on Washington Watch yesterday with Family Research Council Tony Perkins to discuss his legislation that [Read More...]

CIA Director takes his oath of office the right way.

New CIA Director John Brennan has been sworn in, not on the bible, but upon a draft of the Constitution. The Christian Post reported that shortly after Brennan took office, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Brennan had been sworn in on “an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal [Read More...]

League of Legends amazing game.

I’ve been playing a fair amount of League of Legends lately.  I have a history of always picking the weakest character in a game and trying to make it work.  In LoL, that character is Heimerdinger.  You never see him, and he has the lowest winning percentage in competitive play.  So, of course, I bought [Read More...]

Greta was already a hero…but recognition never hurt.

Ed Brayton announces some awesome news: last year atheists broke a bunch of fundraising records for the Light the Night fundraiser. Foundation Beyond Belief announced this morning that its Light The Night Walk Team raised $430,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last year, the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team [Read More...]

Lawsuit Filed to Remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. Money

Here’s a fun read: A 116 page complaint filed in federal court February 1st. Why is it fun? The plaintiffs say all the things we’ve said for years. FFRF is the lead plaintiff. Its press release, issued late yesterday afternoon, follows the giant upvote. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with 19 other plaintiffs, is [Read More...]

New bill would allow therapists to refuse to treat LGBT people.

How can our legislators, who are supposed to represent equality, decency, and every single American vote for something like this? The Christian Right’s latest attack on the state’s LGBT community zipped out of the Senate Education Committee yesterday by a 7-2 vote. Nashville Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson was among the yes votes. The bill bars [Read More...]

Give praise where it’s due, and only where it’s due.

I have a system.  I go through all the news sites in my reader every day first to soften me up for when I get to the religious blogs I read.  Otherwise I might not get past lunch without a concussion from all the face-palming. First up in my religious reader today was Mark Shea [Read More...]

Cop demoted for refusing to pray.

In San Juan, a cop is suing his precinct for demoting him after he refused to participate in compulsory prayer to Jesus. The complaint (PDF) alleges that officer Alvin Marrero-Mendez’s superior officers often engaged in religious activities during precinct meetings, including an officially sponsored prayer. Specifically, it alleges that officer Mendez was asked to give [Read More...]

It’s all about respect for St. Patrick.

You may have heard by now (Hemant, as usual, has a lot of the details), but the Kansas City Atheist Coalition wanted to be in the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade but got denied by the parade committee because… “Kansas City’s parade celebrates the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, [Read More...]

Sarah Palin’s “liberty”.

I saw this over at TPM and it put a few thoughts in my head: Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Monday couldn’t hide her satisfaction with a judge’s decision to strike down the ban in New York City on large-sized sugary beverages, declaring over Twitter that the ruling represented a triumph for [Read More...]

I want to buy this book. Help make sure it gets written.

I’m a little late to this party since Stephanie Zvan and Ed Brayton have already blogged on this, but Ania Bula is writing a book about depression that will lambast the copious amount of alternative treatments that seek to profit, not by alleviating mental illness, but by capitalizing on desire to be cured.  She will [Read More...]

Maddow on the flagrantly illegal abortion law in Arkansas.

Grab a bag to throw up in as you watch. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The term “unborn child” is so ridiculous. Anybody who uses it should refer to themselves as an undead corpse. [Read more...]