Captain Picard talks morality.

I saw this on reddit this morning and couldn’t help but pass it along.  If given the choice which fictional character to listen to on morality, you could listen to the one who decided to genocide an entire planet through the painful means of drowning when, even if genocide were moral, there were more merciful [Read More…]

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Texas legislators attempting to make “so help me god” mandatory again.

Two Congressmen in Texas are buckling down and focusing on real legislation.  In this case, it’s attempting to make the “so help me god” part of the Air Force honor code mandatory once more: Two Texas Congressmen are teaming up to reinstate a religious phrase in an Air Force Academy honor code that was recently [Read More…]

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Illinois Rep. Dwight Kay wonders why we’re so occupied with human rights instead of scripture.

So gay marriage is coming to Illinois.  One of the legislators who fought against it was Dwight Kay, who is miffed about all this “human rights” stuff he’s been hearing. Illinois state Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) on Tuesday complained that supporters of same-sex marriage frequently spoke about human rights but neglected the Biblical scriptures. [Read More…]

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Pretty much nobody reacting properly to gospel singer’s leaked gay sex tape.

There are some situations where pretty much everybody pisses me off.  This is one of them. You may have heard the hullabaloo over gospel singer Kevin Terry’s leaked sex tape…where he is performing oral sex on a man (I watched the vid on youtube and it’s clear this is not Terry’s first crack at giving [Read More…]

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I suspect there’s no way this is legal. There’s certainly no way it’s ethical.

Someone sent me this photo the other day. At first glance it’s nothing out of the ordinary.  But cast your eyes to the two signs by the road.  One designates the church as a place to vote.  The one next to it instructs people how to vote. I looked around but couldn’t find any relevant [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: gay marriage in Illinois!

The frowns of religious conservatives and Tea Partiers everywhere droop a little lower this morning.  Yesterday the nation took another step toward its inevitable future: a time when prejudice against gay people, no matter how clearly commanded in scripture, is considered as grandiose an exhibit of  arbitrary hatred and lack of compassion as racism.  Illinois [Read More…]

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Texas student suspended for tearing pages from his bible.

Isaiah Smith, a Texas high school student, was getting bullied by other Christian students on account of his homosexuality (shocking, right?  There’s that Christianity making people better human beings again).  He was taunted by these students by being told he was going to hell for his sin.  Isaiah had a perfectly reasonable reaction – he [Read More…]

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Parents who beat their child to death to obey god get maximum sentences.

Two years ago I wrote about two parents who beat their child to death following the child rearing advice from the book To Train Up A Child.  The authors of this book have no formal training in child psychology whatsoever, but they believe they have an ancient book containing the will of the wisest being [Read More…]

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Vote to give a grant to a theater troupe renovating a theater.

I received an email yesterday from one of the members of SOMA (the atheist group at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where I now live – they put on Reasonfest every year).  It read: I’m trying to help [my boyfriend’s] theatre group get enough votes online to apply for a grant to buy and [Read More…]

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Study: atheists get divorced less than deeply religious couples.

A study released by the Barna Group has revealed that deeply religious/conservative couples are more likely to get divorced: According to a study conducted by the Barna Research Group, divorce rates are higher among “Bible-believing” Baptists and nondenominational Christians. Divorce rates are lower among the more liberal Methodists, and even lower among atheists. The study [Read More…]

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LA Times board weighs in on Greece v. Galloway.

Paul Fidalgo pinged out a piece by the LA Times editorial board, which had a great quote about the Greece v. Galloway case: Ideally, the court would … recognize that, in an America in which an increasing number of citizens identify with no religion, even nonsectarian, lowest-common-denominator prayers can exclude and marginalize nonbelievers. Obviously a [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Uncle Drew.

Today’s morning happiness comes in the form of a commercial, but it’s an awesome commercial.  A year ago my mother turned me onto the Uncle Drew commercials for Pepsi Max.  They took NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and got professional makeup artists to turn him into an old man.  Then they followed him and another player [Read More…]

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Tea Party wants David Barton to run for Senate.

The Tea Party in Texas has found their new political hero: sham historian David Barton.  I’ll bet they even get him a training montage and everything. Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David Barton to [Read More…]

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Candidate for governor of Maine comes out of the closet in response to whisper campaigns – and owns it.

Mike Michaud is running for governor of Maine as a Democrat.  Whisper campaigns have been organized to imply that Michaud is gay which, to some Americans, still matters more than his competence.  So Michaud has published an op-ed announcing that yes, he is gay – and that it doesn’t matter a lick! Once I jumped [Read More…]

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