Because I see Hindus threatening to kill anyone who shows this picture, I am deciding to join in the blasphemy, and to amplify it. If a Hindu activist group succeeds in pressuring the web host of the mythological discussion group to remove the blasphemous image, I want the image to survive, in defiance of the censorship. […]
Next year, the people of Ireland will hold a referendum on whether blasphemy should finally cease to be a crime in their country.
Inspired by the effort of Irish Atheists, who responded to the renewal of Ireland’s anti-blasphemy laws in 2009 by starting a Church Of Dermatology, I am beginning a new project. Its name […]
Think that the 2014 congressional election is over? Think again. Down in Louisiana, there’s a runoff election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, between incumbent conservative Democrat, darling of the oil industry, Mary Landrieu, and Republican Bill Cassidy, who isn’t just pro-oil, but is also pro-gun. (Hey, Bill, while you’re at it, why not […]
I worry about the harsh, judgmental, blinkered brand of politics that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson represents. I worry about his opposition to equal rights between heterosexuals and homosexuals. I worry about his eagerness to encourage panic about infectious diseases. I worry about his animosity to atheists, and his embrace of Creationist junk science. I […]
A secretive theocratic group called The Family has provided the opportunity for Ben Carson to rise to prominence within the Republican Party. What does The Family expect from Carson in return? […]
It’s the day after the 2014 congressional elections, and the Republicans have trounced the Democrats. What does this mean for America?
If a group of Mississippi Republicans has its way, it means African-Americans back in chains, and compulsory Christian worship for everybody.
A few weeks ago, the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign began. The Campaign’s goal […]
Yesterday saw the official release of the latest scientific report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is dominated by a skeptical perspective. The scientists who wrote the report repeatedly questioned the data that is widely assumed to show that climate change is taking place and has largely been caused […]
An organization that calls itself the Women Speak Out PAC is throwing around a lot of money this year to try to manipulate several U.S. Senate elections… but in what sense does this group actually consist of women speaking out?
Some of the Women Speak Out PAC money has gone to someone named Colton Overcash. […]
“Religious beliefs aren’t reasonable!”
So said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on October 7, 2014 — and he said it as if this was a compliment.
Really, I’m not kidding. You can listen to Justice Scalia utter these words himself, in his questioning during arguments in the Holt v. Hobbs case this month: in […]
For years, Americans have been working to establish equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples. Another kind of marriage equality battle is being fought in Washington County, Minnesota, home of the cities of Stillwater and Woodbury. Washington County officials have prohibited atheists with humanist ordinations from performing marriage ceremonies. The county cites a state […]
I was at a Whole Foods grocery last night, when my eye fell upon a bottle of GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha. The first thing that struck me was that the label had the word “enlightened” on the label, with a little trademark symbol after it. I thought, “Could there really be a marketplace battle between […]