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Archives for April, 2010

I think Lord Justice Laws would be an excellent choice, even if he is British. He recently handed down a decision in the case of a therapist who refused to treat same-sex couples that was simply beautiful. Lord Justice Laws said legislation for the protection of views held purely on religious grounds cannot be justified.…

Stephen Baldwin is a modern-day Job?

I really hate Poe’s Law. I can’t tell if Restore Stephen Baldwin, a web site dedicated to raising money for the evangelical Christian actor, is sincere or not. It’s just too crazy — it’s comparing Baldwin to Job, and shilling for donations so Baldwin can continue to preach about Jesus, despite the fact that he’s…

A vitamin D overdose is nothing to laugh about — it’s painful and debilitating, can cause kidney damage, and can kill. This is a case where consuming excessive amounts of a vitamin supplement can do more than help you make expensive urine, and can lead to crippling illness and death. Gary Null is a thorough…

I don’t think the current results are quite right, and they need a little godless input. It’s cunningly designed to split our votes, alas…but do what you can. What Do You Think About the Tea Party? Believe they are white racists 2% Believe they are ignorant-uneducated people 1% Believe they are true American patriots 45%…

How do you kill a god?

Why would the Pope dislike the internet? Why does Islam rebel at mockery? Why do religions demand unquestioning respect? It’s because open criticism kills them. Thunderf00t explains why. (via RD.net)

An Orange County poll

Hey, I’m going to be at the Orange County Freethought Alliance conference on 8 May; how convenient that the OC Register is running a silly little poll already. Does religion make us better people? Opinion 1: Religion makes people behave better. 32 % Opinion 2: Being religious has no effect on your behavior. 25 %…

In the aftermath of Boobquake…

Jen has put up the numbers — this was clearly an effective PR move, doing a good job of bringing an absurdity to the public’s attention. I think it’s important that we use more humor and make more noise to wake people up, because this problem of religious ‘prophets’ using natural events to bolster their…

Nothing will dissuade the contributors to the evergrowing thread, not even another cheesy 1950s horror flick. Yak, yak, yak. (Current totals: 10,115 entries with 977,398 comments.)

It’s all my fault

PBS has a crew in the Vatican, looking to see some signs of light from a secretive organization. Here’s an account of one audience — it sounds hopeless. First some flunky came out to make this declaration: The last couple of months have been very difficult, he went on, with so many questions being raised…

Latest Ark finding is a fake

This is completely unsurprising. An account from Randall Price has emerged; Price is a notorious Ark-hunter, young earth creationist, and professor at Liberty University, so he has good kook credentials and is the kind of guy who desperately wants the recent claims of the discovery of Noah’s Ark to be true, making this an admission…