This Congress could be fun.

The 113th Congress includes a record seven openly gay lawmakers and an unprecedented 20 female senators, including the chamber’s first lesbian, Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, and its first Buddhist, Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono.  Also for the first time, women and members of minority groups hold a majority of the Democratic Party’s House seats. Nineteen of the 84 [Read More...]

Mental health: eating disorders affect more than the mind.

I take care of my mouth.  I brush twice a day.  I floss.  I don’t floss EVERY day, but I floss most days. I just went to the dentist and found I need to have about $1,600 worth of medical work done.  Writing’s great, but it’s not the kind of high-paying work that makes that [Read More...]

Volunteer for Camp Quest Kansas City!

I have volunteered at Camp Quest Ohio for the last two years and I will likely do so again this coming summer.  It’s about the closest thing to magic as I’ve ever experienced.  Being a part of young people developing critical thinking skills and, frankly, watching many of them know more about religion and science [Read More...]

Catholic Church to the Netherlands: it’s your country’s job to spread our religion.

The Netherlands just passed legislation that will stop government funding of televised programs for various religions. The announcement by Dutch Culture Minister Sander Dekker that the government’s plans to overhaul the way public broadcasting in the Netherlands is funded, includes withdrawing subsidies for religious broadcasting, has infuriated the Catholic Church. At present religious groups are [Read More...]

The Week in Review: Law and Atheism 1/3/13

Happy New Year! Maryland celebrated with lots of weddings New Year’s Day as same-sex marriage became legal south of the Mason-Dixon line for the first time. There’s a Cardinal in Illinois, though, accompanied by his bishops, who is urging Catholics there to contact their state legislators in an effort not to let Illinois pass such [Read More...]

New study: the Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets.

A new study puts the number of planets in our galaxy at at least 100 billion – and this is a conservative calculation. The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable [Read More...]

Bill Elliff: 9/11 and Sandy Hook caused by lack of Christianity.

Bill Elliff, a pastor from right here in Arkansas, went on the American Family Association’s radio show yesterday to talk about how the 9/11 and Sandy Hook attacks weren’t the result of maniacs with too much power in their hands, but because of humanism and gay marriage. Elliff: I think what’s going to happen is [Read More...]

American Atheists and FFRF Sue Internal Revenue Service – Again

On December 21, American Atheists, Atheists of Northern Indiana, and Atheist Archives of Kentucky joined together and filed suit against the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for giving preferential tax treatment to churches and religious organizations. Last Thursday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Triangle Freethought Society, a North Carolina group, filed a similar suit. [Read More...]

Atheistish pictures 1/2/13.

There is literally nothing exciting in my reader for today, and I’m sure you guys are getting enough fiscal cliff drama to make you puke elsewhere, so I’m not going to do any of that today.  So here are some pictures.       [Read more...]

On Christians who cite scripture in an attempt to win arguments.

We’ve all had those conversations with believers, where we cite scientific and historical fact as supported by mounds of evidence and they respond with trotting out scripture, as if scripture carried more (or any) weight to us.  My father just watched this happen in a thread and made the following comment. I just do not [Read More...]

After years, some of Hannity’s viewers starting to recognize he’s wrong a lot.

Most people, when choosing their favorite news network, expect their anchors and reporters to be, y’know, right more often than not.  Ordinarily this doesn’t seem to bother the watchers of FOX News, who seem to prefer being told what they want to hear.  However, after assuring his audience that Obama would lose the election, despite [Read More...]

Well hi there, 2013.

2012 was the best year of my life.  In 2012 I became a writer full-time, I got engaged, and I discovered Teemo.  2013 can’t make any of that happen all over again, so it has its work cut out for it. I got my kiss as the ball dropped.  It was pretty swell. I’m going [Read More...]

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Michaelyn is back in Arkansas for the New Year and staying throughout the week.  So my strategy for tonight is to play lots of poker, watch bowl games, and drink copious amounts of alcohol with my fiancee and my family.  I also plan to get my first ever New Year’s kiss (from Michaelyn, not my [Read More...]

Hobby Lobby: we’re religious, so we shouldn’t have to obey the law.

The owners of Hobby Lobby are saying they shouldn’t have to abide by America’s healthcare laws because of their religious convictions.  This makes them the most recent entry to the long list of religious groups/people who have argued that their belief in a guy rising from the dead should allow them to skirt the law. [Read More...]