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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 20 2012

Don’t Believe Major Jonathan C. Dowty’s Lies — Rock Beyond Belief Is Happening!

Atheist-bashing coward Major Jonathan C. Dowty spreads RUMOR that Rock Beyond Belief may be cancelled. This is total bullshit. Rock Beyond Belief is absolutely happening on March 31! It’s going to be awesome — with speakers and performers including Richard Dawkins, Words Such As Burn, Roy Zimmerman, Aiden, Hemant Mehta, Dan Barker, Margaret Downey, the …

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Jan 20 2012

Homophobic Nurses for Jesus – Fired!

UPDATE/CORRECTION: Commenters have pointed out that the nurse was not fired — she was ordered to retire. Remember the lesbian veteran who was seeking help for depression? Remember the horrible Marine Corps nurse at the VA who harangued her for three hours about her “lifestyle of sin” and whether she’d been “saved by Jesus Christ”? …

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Jan 19 2012

A Day to Defend Free Expression, Feb. 11

Do you think people should be able to hold public meetings criticizing religion, without being threatened? Do you think students should be able to post cartoons criticizing religion on their Facebook page, without being expelled? Then support A Day to Defend Free Expression, February 11, 2012. Central London from 2-4pm, and everywhere all day on …

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Jan 19 2012

Why Is an Atheist High School Student Getting Vicious Death Threats?

Her state representative has called the student “evil” and she has been threatened with violence, rape and death. What gives? If you take away just two things from the story about atheist high school student Jessica Ahlquist, and the court case she won last week to have a prayer banner taken out of her public …

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Jan 18 2012

Dream diary, 1/18/12: The blood test for books

I dreamed that the government had created new medical technology where they could test your blood and find out what books you’d been reading. I was upset about the invasion of privacy this represented, but mostly I was embarrassed and annoyed that my recent reading list hadn’t been serious enough and had so much escapist …

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Jan 18 2012

Jessica Ahlquist to Speak at Reason Rally!

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In case you didn’t have enough reasons already to attend the Reason Rally — the big secular/ atheist/ freethought/ etc. March on Washington coming up on March 24 — now you have an even better one. Jessica Ahlquist — the high school student who recently won her lawsuit to get a prayer banner taken out …

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Jan 18 2012

Kittens Helping Ingrid Brush Her Teeth

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Over the last few weeks, Ingrid and I have been discovering that everything — absolutely everything — takes longer when you have kittens. Writing, reading email, cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, getting dressed in the morning… everything we do takes more time now, because the kittens are interfering trying to help. Even watching TV takes …

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Jan 17 2012

The Best Parts of the Jessica Ahlquist Court Decision

I just finished a piece for AlterNet about the recent court decision in favor of Jessica Ahlquist, the one ruling that Cranston High School West could not have a freaking prayer banner posted in their auditorium. (I’ll post a link as soon as it goes up.) I’ve been reading the actual court decision — something …

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Jan 13 2012

Help Free Freethought Conferences and Public Spectacles – Support ReasonFest!

ReasonFest — the totally free, two-day freethought conference in Lawrence, Kansas on Feb. 11 & 12 — is doing a fundraising drive. It looks to be an awesome event: speakers include Jennifer Michael Hecht, JT Eberhard, Jamila Bey, Greg Epstein, Darrel Ray, and many more. Plus there’s going to be a game room and lots …

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Jan 12 2012

The Skeptical “Pride and Prejudice”

I’ve been re-watching “Pride and Prejudice” when I eat breakfast (the BBC one with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy — mmmmmm). And I’ve decided I want to write the skeptical version of it. New title: “Overconfidence Effect and Confirmation Bias.” Revision of the famous first sentence: “It is the provisional but widely-accepted consensus that an …

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