MORNING HAPPINESS: Restaurant owner reaches out to feed a homeless person.

This story renewed some of my faith in humankind: Ashley Jiron, a sandwich shop owner in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, one day found that someone had torn open the shop’s trash bags and taken out some food from the dumpster behind her building, according to TV station KFOR. Instead of ignoring it, she put out a sign [Read More...]

BREAKING: Tennessee Senate kills the bill that would make the bible the state book.

Man, maybe I was wrong all this time – maybe miracles do happen. I just put up a post about how the GOP in the TN House advanced a bill to make the bible the state book in the face of warnings from the state’s Attorney General that it would be inviting a lost lawsuit.  But [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Tennessee House advances bill to make the bible the state book despite being warned its illegal.

Despite warnings from their legal allies that the bill is almost certainly illegal, the Republicans in the Tennessee state House have advanced a bill that would make the bible the state book: Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday (April 15) advanced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, a measure the state attorney [Read More...]

ACTIVISM: What it’s like to run an atheist group in Turkey.

You guys know Turkey, right?  The great success story of moderate Islam, not like all those other countries where Islam seems to produce barbaric laws, discrimination, and lower standards of living.  Yes, journalists can still be imprisoned there for years for publishing a picture of Mohammad.  Yes, if you’re accused of desecrating the Koran there [Read More...]

APPEARANCES: I’ll be on with Godless Engineer tonight at 10pm Eastern for Ask An Atheist Day.

As many of you know, today is Ask An Atheist Day.  John Gleason, the Godless Engineer, has gathered a bunch of questions atheists are frequently asked.  I’ll be joining him to answer some of them at 10pm Eastern Time.  At that time, just click here to tune in. If you want to check out the [Read More...]

FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Bible distribution is a widespread problem in Oklahoma schools. The FFRF is putting a stop to it.

I recently wrote about an Oklahoma third grade teacher who handed out bibles to her students.  Would you believe this problem is more widespread in Oklahoma than this single teacher?  I know, get ready. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is offering support to Oklahoma schools to “defend religious freedom”—which [Read More...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Parent receives threat after complaining of public school bringing in Bible Man.

A parent has contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation over her son’s public school in Tennessee bringing in a guest speaker named Bible Man (not joking) to evangelize to the students: The Christian-themed superhero character played by Horace Turner has been visiting Grundy County schools for nearly 40 years, but the atheist mom contacted a national [Read More...]

FAITH, LAW, & POLITICS: Canada’s Supreme Court rules no prayers before government meetings.

Back in 2011 a man sued  the town of Simoneau in Quebec over the town reciting explicitly Catholic prayers before city council meetings.  He was victorious in his efforts: In 2011, Quebec’s human rights tribunal ordered an end to prayers, demanded that a crucifix in the city council chamber be removed and awarded damages to Simoneau. [Read More...]

FAITH: Leaders booted from the Boy Scouts for their atheism now making a huge difference with Camp Quest.

Camp Quest recently posted an article (that was also picked up by the Rainbow Times) about two of their leaders, Shawn Jeffers and Neil Polzin, who were both barred from participation with the Boy Scouts of America due to their atheism: Camp Quest, a summer camp serving youth from non-religious families, is now led by [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Dog found the best pillow ever.

I want a tubby cat who lets me use it as a pillow: Yesterday was a solid day of progress with my voice students.  Working with my private voice students has been such a fulfilling experience. But most of all it reminds me of how much Pearl, my first voice teacher, taught me. It also [Read More...]

Atheism and Stalin

Unless you’ve been living under an atheistic rock, you’ve probably encountered assertions from theists, such as “tens of millions of people were murdered in the name of atheism“, or “atheism is the cause for a hundred million deaths.” I’m going to analyze and address it here, but mostly it’s for another project that I’d like to [Read More...]

FAITH: Matt Dillahunty in the role of god.

So, I wanted to blog more about the news today, but I’ll be honest: I just spent the last 40 minutes watching one of Matt Dillahunty’s talks from the Unholy Trinity Tour.  He gives this talk from the perspective of god and, holy crap, I laughed throughout: I’m now off to give voice lessons. Maybe [Read More...]

Walgreens is selling homeopathic ASTHMA medicine.

Hi everyone! This is Christina! The other day my husband was having an asthma attack and he could not get a prescription for an Albuterol inhaler, so he asked the pharmacist if there was anything over-the-counter that he could get. The pharmacist showed him AsthmaCare, and he bought it (For $22.00). Here’s a picture I [Read More...]

FAITH: Pastor Corey L. Kennard rails on doctors for relying on verifiable facts and clinical data.

Pastor Corey L. Kennard is the Manager of Spiritual Care for the St. John Hospital and Medical Center.  So he works in a hospital, but his degree is a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary.  In short, he’s not a doctor.  But he has a blog in the New York Times [Read More...]