Archives for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

And if you want to hear New Year’s greetings from a collection of godless geeks and weirdos, listen to the Two Smokin’ Hot Freethinkers Podcast. Here at the Pharyngula Phortress, we’ll be ringing in the New Year with delicious root beer floats before toddling off to a good night’s sleep.

Poor Casey

Casey Luskin once again complains about the fact that the propagators of intelligent design creationism are not regarded kindly, and in fact, are frequently disparaged. He takes it very personally, even. On a personal note, I am familiar with these kinds of attacks. In one single forum at, created and owned by a former…

A poll with a point

Get out there and vote on this recommendation to Obama to create nationally required science standards. This is your last chance; it needs to be bumped up to 3rd place to make it into the next round. All it needs is a few hundred more votes!

It never ends

Get ready for the War on New Year. Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the anniversary of the day on which a Romanian monk miscalculated the year in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born.…

Ready for another Molly?

The Molly Award for the month of November goes to Emmet Caulfield. Buy him a beer, someone. Now we have to pick one for December — leave your nomination in the comments!

Good News in the Year of the Pensive Hare

When last I mentioned Terry Pratchett, it was unfortunate news: he’s been afflicted with embuggerance. Now, though, there is cause for some jubilation, since a certain godless humorist and fantasy author has been awarded a knighthood for his services to literature. Three cheers for an honor well deserved! He also has a new book, which…

Clear Vision For A Pure America

They have a vision. They have a dream. They know what shape they want America to take. And they have formed an “organization inspired by the principles of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the Evangelical and Christian Reconstruction movements”. And completely oblivious to the irony, with no hint that they understand the associations it will…

Some of us had it easy

I had a gentle and uncontroversial deconversion from a fairly liberal church, so I’ve never suffered for atheism — which is as it should be for everyone. Not all Christians are tolerant enough to let people have their own beliefs, though, as you can discover in these stories of ostracization (add to them if you’ve…

Casey Luskin botches another metaphor

He declares a bicycle to be irreducibly complex because it can’t function if you remove one wheel. You can guess where this is going. Queue up the redefinition calliope, Casey! ‘But it’s not a bicycle anymore, now is it?’

See—there’s an official list and everything. But wait…what’s this? Tied with the Bad Astronomer? What has he done, besides write a book and become president of the JREF and pose naked? I ought to win for keeping my clothes on!