My take on Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter.

The other day Sara Lin Wilde posted a rundown of Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter.  It’s not too flattering to unbelievers so I thought I’d take a stab at its premises. Atheism weakens community ties. For some reason, Francis seems to believe that religious faith is required to “build our societies in such a way [Read More…]

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Mike Deangelo sees Hobby Lobby’s dishonest quote-mining and raises us…the same dishonest quote.

Earlier I posted about the FFRF’s glorious smackdown of Hobby Lobby’s dishonesty regarding the founding fathers.  It wasn’t long before a believer by the name of Mike Deangelo found his way into the comments and, rather than condemning or defending Hobby Lobby’s dishonest quote mining, started throwing out more quotes.  This was apparently done in [Read More…]

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Girl scouts drop “to love my god” from their official promise.

The girl scouts have dropped the obligation “to love my God” from their official promise. A lifelong girl scout who can finally recite the promise with a clear conscience shares her elation at the change and talks of what it means to people like her: What the new wording of our Promise does is help [Read More…]

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Theist kills atheist over argument about god’s existence.

A couple dudes got into an argument the other day over whether or not god exists.  The Christian closed his case by shooting the nonbeliever. Yim killed 25-year-old Dzuy Duhn Phan after a night of partying and playing video games. Another friend, Paul Park, testified the two men had engaged in a heated discussion about [Read More…]

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Tim Tebow is out of a job because he can’t throw, not because he’s a Christian.

On Saturday the New England Patriots cut Tim Tebow, probably because in a pass-heavy offense you want a quarterback who can throw the ball and, well, Tebow can’t do that.  But many Christians are unconvinced – surely Tebow was cut for publicly being a part of the most popular religion in the United States, one [Read More…]

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FFRF catches Hobby Lobby lying for Jesus and doesn’t let them get away with it.

First, some back story: The Christian trinket-purveyor Hobby Lobby places religious holiday ads in national newspapers reaching in some cases more than 47 million readers. Hobby Lobby’s July 4, 2013 ad features quotes from the founders scattered around huge font screaming, “In God We Trust.” The quotes are meant to give the false impression that the [Read More…]

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GAMING: Game Theory Podcast episode 1.

David Drake and Jeremiah Beene are two good friends of mine.  Jeremiah is pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology while David has his masters in French literature.  They have started a podcast where they will apply their expertise to analyzing games and gaming news. I will likely eventually be a guest on the podcast.  Will [Read More…]

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Iran bans female champions from League of Legends tournament.

I have a new article up over at The Secular View (you know that feminist atheist site I write for) about Iran’s recent decision to ban all the female champions in League of Legends at the Iran World Cyber Games to comply with religious notions of propriety.  Here’s the take home from the article: When [Read More…]

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Australia has some rad politicians too!

Ok, so we can’t have the same appreciation of having scientific genius present in our government as Italy, but maybe would could have some politicians who aren’t so afraid of losing the vote of religious fundamentalists that they’ll shoot them down in a ball of flame like Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: Added Rudd: “Sit [Read More…]

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John McCain on Fox News: Muslims thanking god is no more offensive than Christians thanking god.

Where did this guy go in 2008?  Seriously. There was nothing for McCain to gain for telling the truth on Fox News there and plenty for him to lose politically by saying that Christians do the same thing they find deplorable in other faiths to an audience guaranteed to be outraged at having their hypocrisy [Read More…]

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Father captures my thoughts on the situation with Syria.

My father wrote a post on facebook the other day that pretty much echoes exactly my position on the growing situation in Syria: The question keeps coming up: There have been 100,000 killed in Syria and another 7 million displaced. Why get all worked up now because 1,000 people were killed by poison gas? The [Read More…]

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Bakery that denied service to lesbian couple is closing its shop.

Earlier this year a bakery in Oregon refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple citing their religious beliefs.  You can understand the outrage that ensued, and on Saturday they closed their shop saying they would be moving the bakery to an in-home business. But they left a sign on the door: “This [Read More…]

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God will have to beg my forgiveness.

I saw this image on facebook and it really hit home. I do not understand how this is not the response of every person to travesties.  If god could cure cancer and doesn’t, allowing a person to die without pain rather than with it, then god is not anything that could be considered kind.  The [Read More…]

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Scientific geniuses in government? Why didn’t we think of that!

In the United States our Congress is comprised primarily of businessmen.  The Committee on Science is populated with a cast of the most scientifically ignorant people imaginable. Meanwhile, in Italy, they’re appointing senators for life who did instrumental work on the Large Hadron Collider and won the Nobel Prize: On Friday the President of the Italian [Read More…]

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