Teacher fired at Catholic school for her gayness.

I guess I shouldn’t rag on Kansas too much.  Eventually I’ll have to head back to Columbus, OH where I live and where this happened: This week students found out about the firing of Carla Hale, a longtime teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, according to local news outlet Outlook Columbus. Two [Read More...]

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Sam Brownback is a Republican douche.

Sorry for the redundancy. I’m kind of torn on Kansas.  On the one hand, it has my fiancee in it.  On the other hand, it has Sam Brownback. On Tuesday, Kansas GovernorSam Brownback (R) signed a law aimed at prohibiting local governments from requiring contractors to pay prevailing wages on public works projects: “HB 2069 prohibits cities, [Read More...]

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Scientists continue to find things we’d expect in a godless universe.

Beneath the thousand stories about the Boston bombers, there was an article on CNN this morning about three new planets we’ve discovered that are among the most likely candidates for harboring life.  This part in particular stood out to me: “With all of these discoveries we’re finding, Earth is looking less and less like a [Read More...]

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Doctors save teenage boy’s life against his will.

This is a conundrum to me: Doctors from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick made an urgent application to the Supreme Court to help them save the boy, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, who is fighting Hodgkin’s disease. In a judgment handed down on March 28, Justice Ian Gzell immediately ordered a blood transfusion after doctors said [Read More...]

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The day after.

A couple years ago bad episodes were frequent and lasted days/weeks.  Now they are rare and, today, I’m feeling a lot better.  I woke up spacey as all hell and I’m pretty sure I’ll be exhausted all day, but better.  When I began writing about mental illness I half expected to lose an abundance of [Read More...]

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First depressive episode in a while.

For those who don’t know, I am a recovering anorexic with depression and hallucinations when I’m in the middle of an episode.  in 2011 I decided to write openly about my condition and also when I’m in a bad spot to give solidarity to other people in my shoes and to provide some perspective for [Read More...]

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Pat Robertson doesn’t want you to play D&D

DrB- As best I can tell, my Magic: The Gathering habit is also a problem.   You can find me on twitter, @DrDavidBurger [Read more...]

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Protest the injustices against atheists in Bangladesh.

I’ve written a few posts about the horrors in Bangladesh.  Now, a group of atheist organizations are going to at least make their voices heard. An international coalition of atheist and humanist organizations, led by the Center for Inquiry, the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and American Atheists will protest the arrest and persecution of [Read More...]

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Where our empathy should not end.

Ed Brayton has written a powerful piece about finding perspective in the wake of the Boston bombings.  Everybody should read it. The rage that we feel and the desire for vengeance on those who perpetrated such evil is nearly a daily occurrence in Pakistan, for example. The bombs aren’t left in garbage cans, they are [Read More...]

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Another high school hero.

George Washington High School in West Virginia is, I assume, burdened with the same charge of all other public schools: teach children factually correct information.  And by virtue of teaching some facts, you must necessarily teach that some other claims are not true.  If George Washington was the first President, then it wasn’t Genghis Kahn.  [Read More...]

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This is why we dont let JT use technology

DrB- Maybe if you all tried praying for him? Oddly, there is no category for me to tag this post as “snarky”     You can find me on twitter, @DrDavidBurger [Read more...]

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When Religious Freedom Isn’t Freedom

Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, a bill designed to prohibit the government from interfering with any religious liberties. The Kansas law was drafted in the style of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said RFRA could not be applied to [Read More...]

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Ask an Atheist Day is today! I’m an atheist. Ask me stuff.

Today’s national Ask an Atheist Day.  I’ll keep tabs on the comments all day and all questions will receive an answer. So go nuts. [Read more...]

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Atheists excluded from Boston interfaith initiative.

Today there will be an interfaith event to mourn the victims of the Boston bombing.  The President himself will be in attendance.  But when they say interfaith, they really mean interfaith. According to the program (PDF) for today’s “Interfaith Service” at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, which will be attended by the [Read More...]

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