Duggars invited married couples to post kissing pictures…then something really beautiful happened.

The Duggars have some pretty strict rules for their children’s dating lives.  Their most recent daughter to tie the knot was only allowed to side hug and hold hands with her partner (after they were engaged).  Their first kiss, it was decreed, could only happen at the altar. However, the couple decided, after they got [Read More...]

Got questions about transgender?

With all the attention on Danielle Muscato coming out of the closet as a transgender woman, it occurs to me that people might have questions.  If so, let’s get them answered.  I’ve acquired the help of Stephanie Guttormson, the Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation and a transgender woman herself.  If there are specific [Read More...]

Mississippi seeks to make Christianity its state religion

Mississippi is seeking to throw their citizens backwards a few hundred years. The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, which sounds harmless enough, is seeking to overhaul the state with its proposed constitutional amendment, Initiative 46. The initiative would amend the state’s constitution to establish English as the official language of the state, make April “Confederate Heritage Month,” [Read More...]

Pope expressly condemns gay marriage.

An old man in a cape said a bunch of things about marriage and children that were sillier than his hat: Francis on Monday opened an interreligious conference on the “complementarity” of men and women in marriage and sex. He said marriage between a man and woman is a “fundamental pillar” of society and that children [Read More...]

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, lone nonreligious member of Congress, selected for leadership position

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is the only member of Congress that does not claim a religious affiliation. According to a press release on the Congresswoman’s House website, she has been selected as the Chief Deputy Whip, a key position within the minority party’s leadership. The Chief Deputy Whip is the leading aid to the Minority Whip, [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “the spirit of curiosity distances one from god.”

Via Vatican radio reporting on the Pope’s most recent homily: The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Curiosity generates confusion?  No…curiosity is the antidote to confusion.  It’s what happens when [Read More...]

After firing a woman for having a legal medical procedure, Catholic school argues it shouldn’t have to go to court because of “religious freedom.”

A woman has been fired from the Catholic school where she taught English.  It turns out she *gasp* used birth control, and that somehow impacts here ability to teach English apparently: When Emily Herx first took time off work for in vitro fertilization treatment, her boss offered what sounded like words of support: “You are [Read More...]

Debate with John Lepp: Do the findings of science entail that Christianity is false?

A while back John Lepp emailed me about doing an online debate.  I agreed.  Since then, as many of you know, I have been sick and dealing with rapid weight loss, etc.  He has been very patient.  Today, it finally begins.  We’re doing four rounds, each gets an opening, rebuttal 1, rebuttal 2, then closing. [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: a winter like this.

These dogs are like me: they know when you have a few feet of snow that it’s time to get outside and play! I have my therapist appointment at 1pm today, so posts are going to be short sweet and to the point (with an exception or two).  Ok, on it! [Read more...]

Some fundraisers to make sure Santa brings you lots of goodies.

Christmas is coming up, and since atheists have no moral compass you’re probably looking for ways to make Santa forget about all the criticisms of religion, your signing up to fight the war on Christmas again this year, or all the steamy sex outside of wedlock you’ve been having so you get the maximum amount [Read More...]

A couple awesome talks coming up if you’re in Arkansas/Missouri.

Skepticon is coming up this weekend in Springfield, MO where you can hear presentations by luminaries such as Scott Clifton, Hemant Mehta, Ben Blanchard, and Cara Santa Maria.  I’ll also be giving a talk on why god’s “perfect” plan isn’t exactly perfect. But there are a couple other talks coming to that region soon that [Read More...]

“God speaks to me, and me, and me, and me…”

DarkMatter 2525 puts out some excellent videos.  Check him out if you’ve not seen them. [Read more...]

Danielle Muscato’s gender identity means nothing to me. Her courage is why I love her.

As you may have heard by now Dave Muscato, the PR Director for American Atheists, is now Danielle Muscato.  For those of us close to Danielle, she’s been Danielle for years now.  But now she’s out of the closet as a transgender woman. Support is understandably pouring in for Danielle.  Given our society’s uneasiness with [Read More...]

School board which proselytizes during meetings dares the FFRF to sue them. The FFRF has obliged.

After giving them multiple chances to stop breaking the law, the Chino Valley School District is being sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation: School board meetings open with a prayer, and often include bible readings and proselytizing by board members. Board President James Na injects Christianity into many of his official statements, FFRF’s legal [Read More...]