Over the past couple of years, what began as a personal blog has turned into a hub with several contributors and multiple posts per day. I like to think the quality of posts has gone up significantly along with the increase in quantity and I'd like to expand the reach of this site. Show More Summary
Late last week, George Leo Thomas, bishop of the Helena, Montana archdiocese, received an unwelcome surprise: a petition calling out the Catholic hierarchy for the callous dismissal of a pregnant schoolteacher. The statement had been...Show More Summary
Here's how you know the college you go to is a really shitty one: Administrators force faculty members to sign pledges that they won't teach real science. That's what's happening right now at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. If the...Show More Summary
A British mother and father who invoked religious teachings to refuse medical help for their young son will be spending up to three years in jail. The five-month-old boy, Ndingeko Kunene, died of rickets, a bone condition caused by vitamin D deficiency.
Last week, Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer vetoed the revolting right-to-discriminate bill passed by her state’s legislature. Like the similar bill that collapsed in Kansas, this one moved rapidly at first but then stalled when it gained national attention. As Brewer dithered, both Mitt Romney and the state’s Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urged [Read More...]
The Press Tribune newspaper was supposed to be a voice for liberal Pakistanis who'd had it with their country's Islamist thugs. A partner of the New York Times, the Tribune launched four years ago, covering topics that most of the country's...Show More Summary
Picture of Larry the Cable Guy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I've always been interested in how people can assign such vastly different meanings to words and then experience impaired communication because neither understands that the other party is using a word in a different sense than they are. Show More Summary
If you're a man and you want to get married in the Santa Cruz Basilica (pictured below) at Fort Kochi, India, Catholic vicar Francis Fernandez would like to make sure you can produce sperm. So says this article from the New India Express. Show More Summary
When a man of God meets a mentally challenged young woman who has the brain capacity of a seven-year-old, what ensues? It doesn't appear to have been Christian love in the case of Baton Rouge pastor David "Scott" Lemley. Lemley allegedly...Show More Summary
In a dramatic (if commonplace) turn of events, a prominent Christian luminary who advocated home-schooling, traditional gender roles, and purity before marriage has been removed from his position following allegations of sexual misconduct. At...Show More Summary
From the Onion the Courier-Journal: In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door...Show More Summary
If you saw "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway, then you'll undoubtedly remember when the main character sings, "I believe that God has a plan for all of us. I believe that plan involves me getting my own planet." That idea is so obviously ridiculous that you can't help but mock it when anyone mentions it. Show More Summary
Half a year ago, the vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas adopted a lovely, heartwarming Statement of Inclusivity. It was belatedly posted on the church's Facebook page last Saturday. The statement reads, in part: "We extend a special welcome... Show More Summary
NonStampCollector steps away from his usual animated fare and tackles Christian apologists' moral argument for God:
(by Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is in trouble. After nearly 30 years, the atheist alternative to super-spiritual Alcoholics Anonymous will no longer be funded in full by the Council for Secular Humanism (a part of Center for Inquiry) due to budget constraints. Show More Summary
According to research just published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, there may be a correlation between the percentage of atheists and agnostics in a state and that state's level of entrepreneurial activity.
Here's Bill Nye the other day, referring to "Ark Encounter," the Noah's Ark theme park: Reached by phone Thursday, Nye said he was disappointed the project would go forward and said he hoped it "goes out of business." "If he builds that...Show More Summary
Like the premature news of Mark Twain's demise, reports of Snowball Williams' death have been greatly exaggerated. A local coroner declared him gone, but two hours later, Williams' leg started moving. That can only mean one thing: God did it.