Happy birthday to one of the greatest activists you might not have heard of.

Today is the birthday of Lauren Lane, co-creator and current organizer of the Skepticon conference.  I’ve often said that some of the best, most efficient activists for our side are ones you seldom hear of: like Lyz Liddell, the force of nature that is the heart of the SSA or Amanda Knief with American Atheists.  [Read More...]

Infinite Punishment for Finite Crime Pt 3 – Followup Thoughts

I’m still thinking about this topic, apparently. I have some (relatively) brief thoughts about it. [Read more...]

Over 100 GOP ex-lawmakers endorse Democrat opponent to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

It’s a hard knock life for Sam Brownback, the Tea Party governor of Kansas.  He’s gotten to do everything the Tea Party has ever wanted: tax cuts on top of tax cuts (especially for the rich), spending cuts (especially with education), and pretty much everything else in the Tea Party playbook.  How’s it working out?  [Read More...]

Head of NOM doesn’t like Obama’s executive order either.

Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage (a hate group), doesn’t care for Obama’s executive order either, and he’s got all kinds of doom-sayin’ ready to go, almost all of which has no bearing on the actual executive order.  But it sure sounds scary.  Booooooooo!  (H/T to Joe My God): “The fact [Read More...]

Bryan Fischer is not happy about Obama’s equality order.

Bryan Fischer took to twitter to express his outrage about Obama’s anti-discrimination order which prohibits companies that work for the federal government from discriminating against gay people.  Apparently if you don’t let Christians discriminate against gay people, you’re oppressing the Christians. Sexual deviancy?  Deviant in regards to what?  How Bryan Fischer thinks people should have [Read More...]

Two Syrian women stoned to death for adultery.

In Syria two women have been stoned to death for “adultery.”  Bear in mind, in one case adultery was “not being a virgin.” In separate incidents in a span of 24 hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) carried out executions against two woman in Syria, sentencing them to death by stoning over [Read More...]

John Oliver breaks down why America’s prison system sucks.

I love John Oliver’s new show for its innovation and brilliance…but damn if it ain’t depressing. [Read more...]

Family Research Council not happy with Obama’s anti-discrimination order.

I’ll just post the FRC’s press release about the executive order Obama signed today forbidding companies who work for the federal government from discriminating against LGBT people.  My thoughts, as I read the release are in red: Today, President Obama issued an Executive Order mandating that all federal contractors and subcontractors grant special treatment to [Read More...]

Pro-life nurse who refuses to dispense birth control sues family planning group for not hiring her.

This is the pinnacle of stupidity: In an email exchange with Chad Lindsey, the human resources director of TFHC, Hellwege was asked about her membership in the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and asked her if her beliefs would prevent her from working there. Hellwege said that while she would be able to “counsel” [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: wedding photos!

Hey all.  It’s probably going to be a pretty light day around here (of course, once I start reading the news I might just post a dozen things).  I flew out Saturday morning, gave a talk Sunday, and flew back.  I’m a little tired.  But the Mid Ohio Atheists put on a great event and [Read More...]

Infinite Punishment for Finite Crime Pt 2

The other day, I was mashing on the keyboard about how little (a common version of) Christianity makes sense to me. A fellow, Scott, took issue, and attempted to set us straight. [Read more...]

Michael Sam receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Michael Sam, the Rams defensive end who made waves by coming out as gay while playing D1 college football at Mizzou, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award a couple nights ago.  His speech definitely, most certainly, did not make me cry, for I am tough.  So tough. It makes me so happy when I get [Read More...]

Headed to Ohio.

Taking to the skies again today because tomorrow I’ll be giving a talk at the Mid Ohio Atheists annual picnic, which is always a load of fun.  Here are the deets as provided by Marisa Hills. Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Time: 12pm to 5pm (speakers start approx at 2pm) Location: Mohican State Forest, Perrysville, [Read More...]

BREAKING: Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT will NOT have religious exemptions!

Hell yes!  So Monday Obama will sign an executive order that forbids federal contracts going to companies that discriminate against LGBT people.  Religious groups, in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, have been pressuring Obama to add an exemption for religious groups.  Essentially they want him to say organizations that work for the federal [Read More...]