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Ed Brayton

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Name: Ed Brayton
Date registered: June 30, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches

Biography

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Latest posts

  1. Beck Hammered for Not Supporting Violence — April 19, 2014
  2. Wingnut: Real ID Just Like Nazi Germany — April 19, 2014
  3. The Horrors of Christian Comedy — April 19, 2014
  4. Greta’s New Book is Out — April 19, 2014
  5. Rios: We Didn’t Thank God Enough in Boston — April 18, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. It Appears I’ve Started An ‘Atheist Cult’ — 842 comments
  2. Shermer and the Myth of Feminist Persecution — 405 comments
  3. Major Changes at Freethought Blogs — 391 comments
  4. Professor: Rape is Okay if Woman is Unconscious — 375 comments
  5. Butler: Arrest Anti-Muslim Filmmaker — 258 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 19 2014

Beck Hammered for Not Supporting Violence

I wrote the other day about Glenn Beck saying that he did not support violence in the situation at Bundy Ranch in Nevada and that anyone who did support violence could not be a supporter of his. But on today’s far right, even saying that much is anathema and he is getting seriously attacked for …

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Apr 19 2014

Wingnut: Real ID Just Like Nazi Germany

Louisiana is considering a bill to allow (not require) residents of that state to get driver’s licenses that comply with the Real ID standards, which would allow them to fly without passports. But Sandy McDade of the Eagle Forum says the stars on those licenses are like the ones the Nazis made the Jews wear. …

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Apr 19 2014

The Horrors of Christian Comedy

There’s an old saying in the music business that if you don’t have the talent to make it, just declare yourself a Christian band and you’ll have a ready-made audience. The same is true of comedy. I give you Brad Stine, a painfully unfunny Christian comedian trying to explain why atheism is dumb. You’re welcome.

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Apr 19 2014

Greta’s New Book is Out

FTB’s own Greta Christina’s new book is out. It’s called Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. I got an advance copy but haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but Greta is always worth reading and always thoughtful and challenging.

Apr 18 2014

Rios: We Didn’t Thank God Enough in Boston

Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and a service was held in memory of it. Sandy Rios bizarrely thinks that they didn’t thank God enough for protecting us from the bombing being worse, so now her repulsive God may just let something much worse happen to teach them a lesson:

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Apr 18 2014

Allen: Obama ‘Desecrates’ Easter Prayer Breakfast

As soon as I saw that President Obama had asked Gene Robinson, the openly gay former Episcopal bishop, to deliver the closing prayer at the annual Easter prayer breakfast, I couldn’t wait to see the Christian right losing their minds over it. Jeff Allen, come on down:

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Apr 18 2014

Rush Blames Obama for Kansas Shootings

You knew that it was only a matter of time before some wingnut blamed President Obama for the former KKK leader who went on a shooting spree at two Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansas. And the odds were pretty good that it would be Erik Rush who did it. And here you go:

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Apr 18 2014

Hobby Lobby Owner Develops Bible Curriculum

Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, has developed and begun to implement a Bible curriculum for public school classrooms. He’s got a school district in Oklahoma a few miles from the company’s corporate headquarters that is going to start teaching this curriculum next year:

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Apr 18 2014

What Carl Sagan Taught His Daughter About Life

Sasha Sagan, daughter of the late, great Carl Sagan, has an article in New York magazine about how her father taught her about the nature of life and death with the humanity and sense of wonder that made him such a treasure to so many of us over the decades.

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Apr 18 2014

Even Atheists Distrust Atheists?

Hemant calls attention to a new study from Will Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky who has focused much of his scholarly attention to atheism and atheists. That study finds that people will jump at the chance to view a bad person as an atheist even in the absence of any evidence of …

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Apr 18 2014

How to Handle a Bigoted College Speaker

Unhinged bigot Peter LaBarbera recently spoke at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and a group of pro-equality students there gave a textbook example of how you deal with such a speaker without violating their free speech rights or the right of other students to hear him speak. Kate Geiselman, one of the students who …

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Apr 18 2014

FOIA Suit Over Regnerus Study Continues

One of the interesting stories regarding that terrible Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting is a lawsuit filed by John Becker against the University of Central Florida over their refusal to comply with an open records request for documents on how the study came to be published. Becker has a report on how that case …

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Apr 18 2014

Louisiana Refuses to Repeal Unconstitutional Sodomy Law

In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned all state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, making them unenforceable. But the Louisiana state legislature is insisting by a better than 2-1 margin that they keep their law on the books anyway because…well, who the hell knows why.

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Apr 18 2014

Liberty Counsel Helps Set Up ‘American’ Clubs in Schools

Matt Barber has Christian Reconstructionists writing for his new website and now Liberty Counsel, the organization he works for, is helping students set up “American Clubs” in secondary schools. What are American Clubs? Groups set up by the Institute on the Constitution, which is also run by Christian Reconstructionists and white nationalists.

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Apr 18 2014

The Peter Makes Himself a Martyr

Anti-gay bigot extraordinaire Peter LaBarbera is making a bid for martyrdom, getting himself arrested at the University of Regina in Canada for handing out anti-gay literature. He had previously been briefly detained while crossing the border, but was allowed to enter to give a lecture.

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