Category Archives: lunacy

Meanwhile, back in Muncie. . .

Home of Ball State University (BSU), the Midwest’s outpost of the Discovery Institute, Muncie, Indiana also harbors a newspaper, the Muncie Star Press. That paper always refused to take a stand on the controversy about BSU’s intelligent-design (ID) Astronomy and Physics course of Professor Eric Hedin, a course that was finally deep-sixed when the Freedom from Religion Foundation […]

Dinesh puts his foot in it again, this time about Ferguson

Well, this bit of political theater (video below) occurred on “The Steve Malzberg Show,” a Newsmax talk show, last Thursday.  Not only does Dinesh D’Souza compare the American Left’s attitude toward the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri to the behavior of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but he argues that the Obama Administration has simply decided that Darren Wilson the […]

Religious medical nonsense I: God gets credit for Ebola survivors

As the New York Times reports, Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus in Africa, and then flown to Emory University Hospital, will be discharged today. That’s good news, and much credit to the doctors, both in Africa and the U.S., who took care of him. […]

The worst pain known to humans: the “bullet ant” gloves of Brazil

Parponera clavata is known as the “bullet ant” because of the intense pain it inflicts with its stings. It’s a big reddish-black ant of the neotropical forests, and I was stung a single time by one in Costa Rica. It was, perhaps, the most intense pain from an insect I’ve ever felt (a baby squirrel […]

Ken Ham calls U.S. space program a waste, since the Bible tells us that alien life doesn’t exist (and would be damned anyway)

Young-Earth creationist Ken Ham has said plenty of dumb things when it comes to evolution on our planet, but in a new post on his website,  Around the World with Ken Ham, he’s extended his lunacy to studies of the solar system and Universe. The U.S. space program, says Ham, is fruitless, for it has as its aim the […]

Seeking “objective morality,” an atheist blogger became a Catholic

This story is a couple of years old, but I  just heard about it, and find it fascinating. Leah Libresco, who writes at the Patheos website Unequally Yoked (on the Catholic Channel), was an atheist blogger but became a Catholic in 2012. The American Conservative names her as one of its employees: Leah Libresco is an […]

Kentucky state legislator says the dumbest thing ever about climate change

UPDATE: If you want to email Senator Brandon Smith, the guy who’s in the video below, there’s a simple email form here. You’ll have more clout if you’re from Kentucky, but I’ve sent an email myself. __________ God help America! (Of course he can’t, because he doesn’t exist). Here’s a Kentucky state senator making a […]

Andrew Brown minimizes religion’s role in killing Irish babies, but says that we’re all religious

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed any essays of Andrew Brown, the Guardian‘s resident faitheist and purveyor of laughable nonsense, but his latest piece, “Our horror at the mass baby grave in Ireland shows an instinctive religiosity,” is worth singling out for its pandering to religion. One wonders, given Brown’s self-declared atheism in the […]

I get emails

The nasties are starting to crawl out of the woodwork after I posted about a principal’s goddy speech at the graduation ceremony of his school in Lebanon, Missouri. These people simply can’t stand the separation of church and state! Here’s an email I just got from one “Philip Ruminski”: Dear Professor; Regarding Principal Kevin Lowery’s speech, stop […]

A polymathic wacko writes in

What a dispiriting week! While fighting off a nasty cold, I’m having to deal with literally dozens of emails and comments from creationists and gun nuts. Here’s a sample of one of the responses (not published) to my post “Imagine no guns”:  “You people are more dangerous to society than any lunatic with a gun.” […]

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