From WKYT: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told WKYT she will no longer issue marriage licenses to any couples. Her decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. She told WKYT that “It is my deep conviction and belief that God […]
I love this video about Indiana’s new Freedom of Religion/Freedom to Discriminate law:
Excellent: The anti-gay Christian bigots came back, week after week, for two months. Then one of Mike’s friends had a bright idea: The name and the address of the church these people were from? It was on the literature they were handing out. And the church wasn’t that far away. It was an easy drive… […]
See what they have to say to Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
Mother Jones profiles five of the speakers that are being paid public money to speak at public schools – and what they’re saying.
I just read “An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation” – which is, if you have to summarize it, a plea from a young religious Christian to the Christianity she loves to end its opposition to homosexuality, because unless it does, the Church may lose her generation. The starting point is a concert, […]
According to Todd Akin, this is what goes along with the ‘culture of death’, along with lack of anesthetic and cheating on taxes. It took me some time to find the complete transcript, but a video of the relevant remarks is also below. So it is no big surprise that we fight the terrorists because […]
A snippet of her lecture upon being awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1979: I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given into drugs, and I tried to find out why – why is it like that, and the answer was: Because there is no one in the family […]
At the US embassy in Yemen, Windows were smashed. A US flag was torn down and replaced with a black flag bearing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no God but Allah”. Why? Because somebody, somewhere, mocked Islam. The video – Innocence of Muslims – first appeared online on 1 July, posted in English […]
A moving, human, and somewhat painful story of a former Louisiana preacher who’s become a public atheist. Courtesy of the New York Times, an excerpt: DeWitt began e-mailing with dozens of fellow apostates every day and eventually joined another new network called Recovering From Religion, intended to help people extricate themselves from evangelical Christianity. Atheists, he […]
As the moderator said, so unlike – better than – those silly presidential debates.
FYI: Creationist scientists currently think that mountains such as the Himalayas were probably built by catastrophic movement of the Earth’s continental plates during and after the Flood. The rate of rise now measured is just the remnant of the processes which occurred much faster in the past. Mountain building occurred as a part of the […]
A fascinating story from the BBC. I love their map! A few wonderful excerpts: The link between alcohol and urban decay is a common theme. In the nearby town of London, dry campaigners produced a controversial television ad contrasting their pristine, family-friendly streets with shots of graffiti-defaced buildings and abandoned shopping trolleys. The local TV […]
Madness. President Jacques Chirac wanted to know what the hell President Bush had been on about in their last conversation. Bush had then said that when he looked at the Middle East, he saw “Gog and Magog at work” and the biblical prophecies unfolding. But who the hell were Gog and Magog? Neither Chirac nor […]
Via the BBC: “I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God,” he said.
People like this warm my heart: For the last few weeks, we’ve been chronicling efforts by right-wing activists in Texas to replace Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, who is Jewish, with a true “Christian conservative.” And last week we noted that while David Barton was saying that the efforts to replace Strauss had nothing to […]
Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia, is an atheist: “No, I don’t,” she told an interviewer at Australia’s national radio, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) who asked her point blank if she believed in God. “I’m not a religious person.” “I was brought up in the Baptist Church, but during my adult life I’ve, you […]
I thought this was fascinating, though Juan Cole is making a larger point in his posting: That is, in Muslim-majority Syria, the government actually grants land to Christians for the building of churches, along with free water and electricity. Christians have their own personal status legal code, straight from the Vatican. (It is because Christians […]
I thought this was pretty funny: 10. No one will kill you for not drinking Beer. 9. Beer doesn’t tell you how to have sex. 8. Beer has never caused a major war. 7. They don’t force Beer on minors who can’t think for themselves. 6. When you have a Beer, you don’t knock on […]
I’m going to betray the usual protocol and quote a blog post in its entirety. This coming-out post by a fellow atheist – Chris Bowers at OpenLeft – has left me with a lot to say (emphasis added): Rick Warren Hates Atheists, Like Me by: Chris Bowers Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 14:18 Left-wing pressure seems to […]