Today is Sept. 11 and you know what that means. It’s time for yet another day of prayer and repentance, this one called by Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily. And unlike the dozens of such events over the last few years, many of them endorsed by Farah himself, this one is really extra super duper …
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Sep 11 2013
Aug 30 2013
All the comments that went to moderation for the last few hours have been sent through. We had a glitch on the backend that sent everything to moderation for a while, but it should be fixed now.
Aug 29 2013
Longtime readers may recall that I hate motivational speakers, hate them with a passion usually reserved for Celine Dion. And the king of these con artists is Tony Robbins, that tall bundle of white teeth and bullshit that has gotten quite rich selling platitudes to the clueless. So I cringed when I saw this article …
Aug 27 2013
The Las Vegas police department has arrested two men for allegedly plotting to kidnap police officers, put them on trial before one of those citizens juries that Larry Klayman likes so much, and then kill them after they’re “convicted” of whatever bizarre things they’d charge them with.
Aug 26 2013
There’s been a lot of talk about the appalling and barbaric attacks on Christian churches and homes in Egypt by Muslim thugs, and rightly so. What’s going on there is horrifying. But this picture, of Muslims surrounding a Christian church to protect it, is very powerful to me.
Aug 19 2013
Longtime friend of Dispatches Sheila Kennedy, a top notch First Amendment scholar, has launched the Center for Civic Literacy. The goal is to educate Americans about their own government, something that studies show they are woefully ignorant on. They’re going to be reprinting material from this blog on their own and putting up original material …
Aug 15 2013
We are thrilled to announce a new addition to Freethought Blogs. Alex Gabriel’s blog, Godlessness in Theory, is now officially launched and I think you should all go over there and say hello.
Aug 13 2013
Back when Dennis Miller was funny (think back, way back) he had a joke about all the people who do horrible things and get caught and they suddenly find God — “I guess he didn’t see them first.” It comes as no surprise at all that Jerry Sandusky has suddenly, and conveniently, discovered a deep …
Aug 03 2013
Whenever I hear someone trot out the old “we only use 10% of our brains” canard, especially in defense of some wondrous power they claim to have or claim others have, I conclude immediately that they may be engaged in projection. Ben Radford has a look at some widely believed but false statistics and says …
Aug 02 2013
The other day I put up a post in which I said that I think Glenn Beck is bipolar or manic depressive. A colleague messaged me on Facebook and called me out on it, suggesting — politely — that I try to avoid using language that marginalizes or diminishes those who struggle with mental illness. …
Aug 02 2013
Dennis Prager has a predictably simplistic and self-righteous column at the Worldnutdaily about the Anthony Weiner scandal that claims that liberal moral ideals provide a cover for their behavior in a way that conservative morality cannot. What he shows in the process is how deeply wrongheaded his own sense of conservative morality is.
Jul 28 2013
As you may know by now, the Foundation Beyond Belief is launching the Pathfinders project in a couple days, sending four young humanists around the globe to lay the groundwork for the development of a Humanist Service Corps. One of those young Pathfinders, Ben “Sweatervest” Blanchard, has an IndieGogo campaign to help raise funds to …
Jul 27 2013
In Grand Rapids there is a morning radio team that calls themselves Free Beer and Hot Wings. I’ve never actually listened to the show because the promo clips for it are painfully unfunny and I assume that if these are the best and funniest clips they can find to entice me to listen, the rest …
Jul 26 2013
There are few media figures quite as annoying as Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek. She gives a perfect example of how utterly vapid she can be in her unquenchable zeal for arbitrary princesses delivering male heirs — because they’re just so much better than icky girls, amirite?
Jul 21 2013
Liz Cheney has announced that she’s going to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a state she has never actually lived in for any significant period of time despite her family’s prominent history there. Conor Friedersdorf points out just how extreme she is: