Judge rules a California school denied kids right to appropriate sex education by having abstinence-only programs.

A judge in California has ruled that abstinence-only education programs don’t adequately provide realistic information about sex.  Duh. A judge in Fresno County, California, has ruled against an abstinence-only sex education program, saying a school district violated state law by failing to provide adequate instruction on sexual health and HIV prevention. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: I think these people might be losing money…

One of my twitter followers recently made me aware of some of the, shall we say, fascinating ad placement on my blog. @jteberhard they’ve nailed their advertising audience on your blog! pic.twitter.com/cdjpfKm3MM — The Prophet Jeremiah (@nrrprophet) May 11, 2015 Meh, studies show atheists know the bible better, so maybe they just know their target [Read More...]

Texas Senate passes a bill guaranteeing clergy rights they already had.

Remember, the GOP is the party that hates wasting government resources like, say, time.  So one can only wonder why they are taking the time to pass this measure: The Texas Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to allow clergy members to refuse performing marriages that violate their religious beliefs, as top Republicans move to further [Read More...]

Mullah Krekar in Norway says people should be killed for burning the Koran, and much more.

This guy’s a charmer. [Read more...]

Third secular blogger in Bangladesh killed this year.

Another secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death by a group of men wielding machetes.  This morning Ananta Bijoy Das was slain: Ananta Bijoy Das, a Bangladeshi writer known for advocating science and secularism, was hacked to death by masked men wielding machetes while on his way to work Tuesday morning. Das died instantly [Read More...]

They’re invited to the party, and they’ll attend eventually (and claim they started the party).

Saw this on facebook and had to share: [Read more...]

PEW: There are now more religiously unaffiliated in the United States than Catholics.

It’s clear that we’re winning.  Christians will counter “But you haven’t won!”  No, we haven’t.  Christians overall are still the majority, but when “atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular” has become more popular than “Catholic,” it’s a good sign, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down: The Christian share of the U.S. [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Guys, wait for me!

Good morning! I have five vetting calls to make with The Hotline Project starting at 10am Central, each of which take 25-35 minutes, so posts will be short today. [Read more...]

Disproving Evolution – Part 6 – Science Education and Evolution of Wings

[Index of series posts] Continuing the rebuttal of the article,  “9 Scientific Facts Prove that “The Theory of Evolution” is wrong.” [Read more...]

Fear and loathing in Lawrence.

The local Pay Less Furniture Store in Lawrence, KS, where I live, is going out of business.  The owner, Robert Fyfe, had a send off for the only blue city in the entire state of Kansas: He seems like a well-adjusted individual.  Also, I’ve always wondered how “candy ass” got to be an insult.  I [Read More...]

Why you need to plan on voting in the next Presidential election.

This chart, from the Rachel Maddow Blog, is why each and every one of you who cares about equality or, hell, who cares about the the rights of atheists being even moderately protected needs to vote in the upcoming presidential election.  It’s not about who’s on the ballot entirely (though as we approach the election [Read More...]

Chairman of Lincoln County BoC won’t let non-Christians pray, wonders what the big deal is with minorities.

The chairman of the Lincoln County board of commissioners in North Carolina recently found out that a federal judge had ruled against the county.  It turns out they were using government time to issue sectarian prayers, inviting people to know Jesus, and blocking out any other religion that wanted to be represented.  Carrol Mitchem, the [Read More...]

The devil went down to Georgia to make a teacher say racist things.

A Georgia educator recently made the mistake of ending her school’s graduation ceremony before the valedictorian was allowed to speak: Footage of the event at TNT Academy showed Gordeuk criticizing crowd members after she mistakenly ended the ceremony before the valedictorian made his speech. Hey, no prob.  Mistakes happen.  Easy fix: “Hey guys, my bad. [Read More...]

Jeb Bush hints he would let his Christianity influence how he governs as President.

When giving the commencement speech at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Jeb Bush strongly hinted he would not be religiously neutral as President: “I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith,” Bush told the group of 34,000. “Whenever I hear this, I know what [Read More...]