Good to see the family again.

Thanks for enduring another day of silence yesterday.  I promise that I spent it enjoying the wilderness and enjoying the all-too-rare time with my parents. I have found that my best thoughts are seldom revealed by sitting down and forcing myself to think.  No, I’ve had my best ideas by placing myself in an atmosphere [Read More…]

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Kansas City Atheist Coalition turned away as volunteers for feeding the poor.

For the last several years the Kansas City Atheist Coalition has provided the Kansas City Rescue Mission with, by far, it’s largest group of volunteers every Thanksgiving when the group distributes meals to the poor.  This includes driving meals to residences and other work.  Here’s a picture of me and Michaelyn last year volunteering: And [Read More…]

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What about forgiveness?

While tabling the other day, a woman with a sizable cross necklace approached the table and opened with “So you guys are what, atheists and agnostics?  Why?” with a tone suggesting that not believing a person rose from the dead was something out of the ordinary. Take a moment and imagine if an atheist went [Read More…]

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Kansas student suspended for wearing a purse.

Ok, last post for today, then I seriously need to get on the road.  A middle school student in Kansas has been suspended for wearing a purse to school: A 13-year-old boy in Kansas was suspended on Wednesday for wearing a Vera Bradley purse — and officials say he can’t come back until he takes [Read More…]

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Christian claims atheism is a result of a tense relationship with one’s father.

Another quick post I couldn’t help but put up.  A psychologist is saying that atheism is not the result of merely finding the claims of religions (like people rising from the dead, walking on water, etc.) unbelievable.  No, there must be some deeper explanation for when someone reads stories about a global flood that somehow [Read More…]

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Tabling and the Subway dream.

This morning I’m tabling with the KU atheist group SOMA.  It’s Carl Sagan’s birthday tomorrow and we’re handing out candy (with information about the group).  Michaelyn’s tongue is blue, so I’m wagering she dug into the nerds when nobody was looking… They also put a hat on me… After we’re done, Michaelyn and I are [Read More…]

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Doug Phillips resigns from Vision Forum Ministries over extra-marital affair…but his marriage is still sacred.

Doug Phillips, megapastor of Vision Forum Ministries, loves marriage.  He really wants to protect its sanctity.  It’s between one man and one woman not, say, one man and two women.  He also doesn’t like the idea of marriage equality.  He even thinks Sarah Palin is too pro-gay.  He thinks allowing same-sex people to marry violates [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: babies with rubber bands.

Thank (or blame) my mother for this one. [Read more…]

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Old video: Hilary Clinton defends abortion against pointed question – and goes ham.

This video is from over three years ago, but I just saw it today. For those who don’t know, “going ham” is a term gamers often use, with “ham” being an acronym for “hard as a motherfucker”.  That is what Hilary Clinton did when Christopher Smith (R-NJ) asked her if the Obama administration’s definition of [Read More…]

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Dad on the sticky tentacles of government.

This interaction took place between me and my dad this morning: He linked me to a piece in my hometown newspaper down in Bumblefuck, Arkansas and boy, was he ever not kidding.  Here’s the article. And here’s the comment my dad left: This is the dumbest pile of drivel I have read in a long [Read More…]

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Skepticon 6 nearly funded, just needs a little more.

Got this from Lauren with the Skepticon team. We are so unbelievably close to fully funding Skepticon 6. In order to finish payments on the event, we only need to raise $3,000 before next week. Now, any other community or organization would look at this situation and assume that it is insurmountable. Not us. We here [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Sagan, black holes, and faith in us.

I’ve been meaning to post a pic of Amanda Knief’s dog, Sagan, as the morning happiness for a while.  Today is that day.  Here she is right after she got groomed with bows in her hair.   And here’s a vid my brother sent me.  It’s a recent Symphony of Science song about black holes: [Read More…]

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny Defies the Church Again

First he delivered a blistering reprimand to the Catholic Church over the Cloyne Report. Then he offered a heartfelt apology to the women incarcerated and forced to labor as slaves in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. (Full text is of the 19 minute apology is here.) (The church, of course, has yet to apologize.) Now he’s publicly [Read More…]

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Leave Orson Scott Card alone! *tears*

Maurine Proctor, columnist for the Mormon Meridian Magazine is very upset that Orson Scott Card (author of Ender’s Game and brazenly opposed to all things gay, the very definition of a proud bigot) is being treated like a proud bigot. Instead it has been an opportunity for much of the press to malign him and [Read More…]

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