Jackson, MS is the among latest cities in the news that are having illegal Christmas displays challenged. FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) has put one of their plaques in the Capitol building next… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on December 22, 2010 at 12:00pm —
As most people who follow the news likely know, California's Proposition 8 (the ban against same-sex marriage in that state) was just overturned last week in federal court. There will of course be appeals, but this is a major step towards the legalization of same-sex marriage not only in California, but if it survives appeal, possibly at the national level.
A universal sentiment for atheists and believers alike.
My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly last month. She died from what appears to have been a massive stroke. She had just seen a doctor, and while she had a few relatively minor health issues (as many 50-somethings do), she had just seen a doctor… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on August 9, 2010 at 2:30pm —
It is against both Tennessee and U.S. law to lead public school students in prayer. But some people just won't stop breaking the law and trying to find ways around it. Should students have to opt-out in order to be spared from teacher-led prayers?
According to WLBT news, "A Franklin County High School teacher was fired on Tuesday for leading her students in prayer in the classroom," At first this sounds… Continue
The yummy treats that the Good Friday Turtle (if he exists) might bring us next year!
Unlike Christmas and Easter, which unfortunately have become widely commercialized and somewhat secularized, Good Friday remains very unambiguously a religious holiday: specifically a Christian one. Very few people would claim that Good Friday is a secular holiday.… Continue
My wife and I went to go see Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and author of the best-selling book The God Virus, speak yesterday in Memphis. His talk was a very thought-provoking and provocative look at how religion continues to spread despite the fact that logically, most religious belief makes very little logical sense. Ray… Continue
Here's my latest project, which I've just posted on YouTube. It's called "State-Church Separation", and is a political parody of The Who's song "My Generation." I wrote the song last month and just finally was able to finish recording and make a quick YouTube video. It's a very nice coincidence that The Who will be doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl! When I found this out, it gave me even more…
Sometimes I wonder why I bother blogging about religion and atheism. Does it really matter if I read and talk about religions I don't even believe in anyway? I used to believe in God, after all, so why I don't just let bygones be bygones, leave religion alone, and post about something a little more entertaining, like funny animal videos on YouTube! It'd be a lot cheerier, and I'm sure I'd get a lot more… Continue
Actor Alan Alda (image source: Wikipedia) hosts a new series about human origins
Last night, I was looking at the TV listings and saw that there was a show called "The Human Spark" on. It turns out it's a three-part series about human origins and why modern humans have the special,… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on January 7, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Here is the cover of the most recent print edition of The Onion. I scanned and uploaded it to my blog since it doesn't appear to be in the online version. I think it pretty much sums up the situation for all major media outlets in the US (but ironically enough, not The Onion itself since they often publish irreligious… Continue
Here is Part 2 of my roundup on Dan Barker's visit on December 3 in Memphis. In this part, I'll mention a few more highlights as well as my personal reaction and thoughts. For Part I, click here. For an excellent recap of the Dan Barker event, read… Continue
Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), spoke out last night in Memphis against the religious convocations given at Memphis City Council meetings, arguing instead for neutrality in government when it comes to religion.
Barker opened on a light note, excusing himself for starting a little late, saying he was looking for someone who could begin the meeting in… Continue
Freedom from religion is finally coming to Memphis! Well, I should say: Dan Barker from the Freedom From Religion Foundation is coming; since the City Council here continues its unconstitutional prayers at its official… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on November 29, 2009 at 9:25am —
Indianapolis public schools, in a clear breach of church-state separation, are banning students from viewing the websites of only certain religions, as well as atheist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) sites.