County Commissionar in Maryland defies judge, plays martyr at the thought of going to jail.

Back in April both Hemant and I wrote pieces about Carroll County (Maryland) Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.  Frazier opened city meetings with sectarian prayers to Jesus.  Some members of the community felt it was inappropriate (including a local Catholic) and the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit on their behalf, which they won.  Frazier twice [Read More...]

Pastor who raped woman he was counseling gets three years probation.

What was it Hemant said the other day?  “The lesson is clear: If you’re committing a crime, just remember to do it in the name of Jesus.”  That certainly goes for a pastor who abused his position as a counselor by coercing a woman into sex. A Dodge City pastor will serve three years of [Read More...]

Turns out Republicans love Obamacare.

A part of the Commonwealth Fund study I missed yesterday was that Republicans generally like Obamacare: Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Bride and Groom run off.

Josiah and Tyler (the photographers at our wedding) posted this image of the bride/groom run off to facebook yesterday.  Doctor Who fans will get it when I say “RUN!” Also, part of the dialogue in our ceremony went: Dr. Dave (officiant):  Do you, Mr…um… Me:  Smith.  John Smith. Dr. Dave:  Do you, Mr. Smith, take… [Read More...]

Case Study – Larry – A call for submissions

Larry is a goldmine. My intention is to go through his assertions about science and evolution, and run them through the ringer wringer, through an ongoing series. [Read more...]

Could gay marriage be coming to Kansas?

Something I failed to note yesterday when I talked about Utah appealing the gay marriage ruling (in favor of equality) to the Supreme Court is how far the 10th circuit court’s ruling applied: Besides Utah, the June 25 decision applies to Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming, but the circuit court put its ruling [Read More...]

Anti-Obamacare ads may have increased enrollment.

This makes me so, so happy. The millions of dollars being spent in televisions ads that criticize Obamacare might have actually backfired and led to increased enrollment under the health care reform law, according to a study published Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. Brookings fellow Niam Yaraghi observed “a positive association between the anti-ACA spending [Read More...]

US Bank fires woman for proselytizing on the job. She sues for “persecution.”

I just don’t know what to believe sometimes.  Christians are always telling me how faith in Jesus makes people better, stronger, tougher, etc.  But then I see Christians left and right screaming persecution practically every time they stub their toe.  They’re giving me mixed messages. The example that brings that thought to mind is of [Read More...]

Arguments against Gay Marriage via Children

I thought we had some interesting (if not frustrating) debate about why the LGBT community generally shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Instead of allowing those discussions to be lost in the endless noise of the Disqus universe, I thought I’d catalog those arguments here (and their rebuttals) in a slightly less endless-noise realm of a [Read More...]

BREAKING: Colorado’s gay marriage ban is gone.

In my last post I wrote that one state per week is a good pace.  It allows us to drink in the shadenfreude of conservative tears. This week’s state is apparently Colorado: A judge in Colorado has struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 [Read More...]

Democrats propose bill that would reverse the Hobby Lobby decision.

Senate Democrats have drafted a bill that, if passed, would effectively reverse the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and require owners of closely held businesses to provide birth control as part of health care coverage. Democrats on Wednesday, however, charged that the Supreme Court misinterpreted the law. The RFRA, Sen. Barbara Boxer, [Read More...]

Jesus in the Hobby Lobby bible.

It’s been a while since I read the bible, but I don’t remember this part… [Read more...]

Conversation: Utah appealing gay marriage ruling to the Supreme Court.

It’s just been announced that Utah will appeal its gay marriage defeat to the Supreme Court.  I’m excited and trepidatious.  The SCOTUS ruled in favor of equality for gays in striking down Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Kennedy has shown he’s willing to throw in with gays in terms of equality, but after the Hobby Lobby [Read More...]

For those who didn’t think Sarah Palin could be less self-aware.

Sarah Palin thinks Obama should be impeached!  Driven out of office!  Why?  Dereliction of duty. Sarah Palin is now calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. In a column published on Tuesday, Palin accused the president of “purposeful dereliction of duty,” likening Obama’s treatment of the United States to that of an abusive spouse. This, [Read More...]