In need of a personal break, Lyz Liddell has left the Center for Inquiry.

Today we start with a story that’s both happy and sad but, to my eyes, one of the biggest things to happen to the secular/atheist movement in my life. Lyz Liddell has stepped back from leadership roles, which includes leaving CFI: When Robyn Blumner first approached me about the possibility of working on Openly Secular [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Baby bulldog scaling Mount Door Frame.

Good morning, all! Have some good cheer before I spend the rest of the day trying to depress you. Chunks, she never gives up [Read more…]

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NCAA pulls multiple championship games out of North Carolina in response to anti-LGBT legislation.

The NCAA just became the next income stream lost by North Carolina for its anti-LGBT laws: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Monday that it would pull seven championship games from North Carolina over the states anti-LGBT law known as HB2. In the announcement, the NCAA said that North Carolina laws make it [Read More…]

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Ohio mayor who dedicated his life to Christ arrested for raping a four-year-old girl.

Back in 2010 a man by the name of Richard Keenan was sworn in as mayor of Hubbard, Ohio. Keenan wouldn’t be alone in trying to improve the fortunes of the town, for he brought an all-wise being with him (an all-wise being who, it would seem, couldn’t be bothered to help until Richard Keenan [Read More…]

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Michele Bachmann warns that Hillary is going to steal the election.

Michele Bachmann has a dire warning: Hillary, who has lead Donald Trump in the polls since the nominations were set, is going to steal the election: On Thursday, Michele Bachmann told “Washington Watch” host Tony Perkins that President Obama is planning to steal the election for Hillary Clinton, pointing to recent comments by Department of [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Jon Gomm.

Good morning! I have a local friend who is a classically-trained guitar player (and he is ludicrously talented). We were jamming out the other night and he told me I had to hear this guy. I hope you enjoy his talent as much as I: [Read more…]

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Trump says debate should not have a moderator to keep it from being “rigged and unfair.”

In an interview on CNBC today, Donald Trump says the forthcoming debate should have no moderator to ensure fairness to him. Yes, he said without the sole job that exists to ensure fairness, the debate would be rigged and unfair: This reminds me of a clip from Seth Meyers recently, where he talks about how Trump’s [Read More…]

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Phil Robertson rails against secular humanism at Value Voters Summit.

First, the very notion of a “value voters summit” is plain stupid. All voters have values, and acting like they don’t if they’re not in your camp is about the dumbest thing since the last time Donald Trump opened his mouth. What’s more, I’m happy to debate whose values are better (mine). Anyway, Phil Robertson [Read More…]

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Pope, who lives in a gilded palace: the devil will destroy the church with money.

Vatican radio reports: Commenting on the reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians — where St Paul rebuked the Corinthians for their contentiousness — Pope Francis said, “The devil has two very powerful weapons to destroy the Church: divisions and money.” Oh, money’s going to destroy the church? Don’t you guys live in a [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: One takes.

Good morning! I’ve got a feeling the news is going to be nothing but sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns today! Yesterday was a teaching day for me. In between students I decided to dick around with some singing. I recorded some stuff in one take, without listening to the recording, and posted them to facebook. Now [Read More…]

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Mother considering suing church over baptizing her autistic son without her consent.

The parent of an 11-year-old boy is considering legal action against Morning Star Friends Church in Ohio as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Her autistic son’s “big brother”, along with the church, baptized her son without her permission. The baptism was done by full submersion and has apparently left her son with [Read More…]

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Hillary Clinton: “Next President should be a praying person.”

I will still happily pull the lever for Clinton, but god dammit this grinds my gears: Hillary Clinton quoted biblical scripture. She talked about her youth minister who took her from the safe harbor of suburbia to the inner city of Chicago, and she shared the memory of seeing her gruff father bent on his [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Otter having a blast with two rocks.

Good morning, everybody!   Otter having the time of his life with 2 rocks [Read more…]

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Proposed amendment in Ohio would classify abortion as aggravated murder.

A proposed amendment in Ohio would mean that anybody getting an abortion could be arrested and tried for aggravated murder: A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution to classify abortion as aggravated murder has been presented to the Ohio attorney general for review. Petitions were submitted Friday to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office —  the [Read More…]

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