Ukraine Splits from Russian Church
February 5, 2019


Ukrainian Orthodox Christians have officially split from the Russian Church to which they were tied for over four centuries. The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide formalized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in a ceremony in Istanbul on January 6, 2019. Ukraine’s action resulted in the granting of legitimacy, thus bestowing …

Why Roe Matters (It’s Not Just Abortion Rights)
February 5, 2019


The “right to privacy … is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” So wrote Justice Harry Blackmun in 1973 in his seminal opinion in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). By that opinion, 7 men (with 2 men opposing) determined that the federal Constitution prevented states …

Sycophants in the Office of the Dead
February 5, 2019


Our boss Robyn Blumner was interviewed for The Canadian Atheist, and I thought this recollection from her youth was pretty neat: usually the lone atheist in her family, a certain publication indicated to her maybe things were changing: I just didn’t understand how everyone could believe such outlandish claims without evidence. I thought everyone around …

We Don the Temper of Kings
February 4, 2019


Oh, Bladensburg, Bladensburg, take down your cross! No? Okay, here’s our amicus brief to the Supreme Court. In our statement, we explain why that big, crossy, crucifixy war memorial has to go: Commemoration of the Americans who paid the ultimate price in the service of this nation is not the exclusive domain of any single …

‘Monster Freed After Lawyer Offers Ridiculous Defense!’: Post Hoc Fallacies in Legal Outcomes
February 1, 2019


In an article by Bil Browning for LGBTQNation headlined “Texas Man Gets Probation after Using ‘Gay Panic’ Defense to Explain Killing his Neighbor” noted that “James Miller of Austin, Texas was found not guilty of manslaughter and murder by a jury after killing his neighbor, Daniel Spencer. After Miller used the ‘gay panic’ defense, claiming …

Frightening Infinity
February 1, 2019


New Mexico legislators seem to want to make their state sicker and dumber as they introduce something called the Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act, a bill that would license and give primary care authority to people who practice fake medicine. We’re all, like, nope: “Despite this bill’s references to ‘naturopathic doctors,’ naturopaths are not physicians,” said Jason …

God IS Pro-Trump!
January 31, 2019


Here are a few other things God also wants (or wanted):

Spina bifida, cockroaches, serial killers, landslides, osteoporosis, hurricanes, cavities, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo TV show, flat tires, tornados, hemorrhoids, diabetes, bad breath, kidney disease, leprosy, polio, pot holes, farts, boogers, pimples, eczema, warts, mosquitos, mold, rats, plague, the (Jewish) Holocaust, all the other holocausts, Richard Nixon, pigeon poop, tsunamis, crappy Wi-Fi reception, diarrhea, excessive earwax, alopecia, urine that smells like asparagus, phlegm, frostbite, fish die-offs, broken shoelaces, people who don’t have their payment ready at the cash register, myopia, hip dysplasia, humidity, influenza, Hell (see 9 Circles of Atheist Hell), DVDs that skip, breast cancer, lung cancer, throat cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, the other 100+ kinds of cancer, the 1969 Chicago Cubs, tapeworms, hair where you don’t need it, no hair where you do need it (see alopecia above), Adolph Hitler, jellyfish, poisonous snakes, poisonous everything else, dogs who wipe their asses on carpets, unappreciative cats…

‘Birds Are Not Dinosaurs’: A Case Study in Science Denial?
January 31, 2019


Science denial is like obscenity: it’s nasty, and dirty, and you want to keep it from your children, but more than that, it’s kind of hard to define precisely. But you sure know it when you see it. Right? Most people agree that in the face of ice core data, multiple years of record-breaking global …

Neurobabble and Psychobabble
January 31, 2019


Prepare for your head to explode, thanks to reliable cranial combustor Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president and that’s why he’s there. God responds: Leave Me out of it, alright? See, this is exactly …

Berating the Bishops
January 30, 2019


The chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia retweets a dismissal of chronic Lyme disease as the pseudoscience of some Lyme disease cult. (This is the first I’m hearing of this, but I’m having trouble understanding the appeal of a cult based on the idea that Lyme disease can be really bad. Might as …