Category Archives: lunacy

Big Fail: Ken Ham denigrates the Reason Rally

Oy did über-creationist Ken Ham show his hand this time! Here’s his tw**t about the upcoming Reason Rally (h/t John W.): I needn’t say anything, as the commenters tore him a new one. Here are just the latest comments.

Carnie sideshow: the bizarre Catholic tradition that won’t die out

by Grania Spingies Once upon a time there was a roaring trade in Christian relics: bits of bones and chopped up mummified body parts and scraps of clothing of purported saints did the rounds in Europe. Many were sold for enormous amounts of money, some became treasured property of local royal families, many became the […]

Martyrs without a cause

This clip, which draws a continuum of authoritarianism between the Ammon Bundy Gang and the entitled Demanders at Yale University, aired just yesterday on Bill Maher’s “Real Time” show.  It’s one of the better segments I’ve seen lately, and contains two classic lines: “[This] is what these days they call a “microaggression,” which begs the question: if it […]

“I’ll be riding a pale horse”: Louisiana sheriff addresses those who vandalized a church

Reader Aneris sent this video, which you really should watch because it’s unbelievable—even for those familiar with the American Deep South. This is what passes for crime prevention in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. NOTE: as far as I can see, this is NOT a joke. Aneris’s note: You could mistake it for a parody, but it seems […]

School reportedly bans Wonder Woman lunchboxes as being “too violent”

Well, let’s take this report with a grain of salt for the time being, although it’s been reported by several venues. I learned about it when a reader sent this tw**t from philosopher/writer/friend Russell Blackford: Okay, if that indeed true, it’s one of the worst examples of Coddling Our Students I’ve seen. The photo and Russell’s link goes to a […]

The Bible’s prescience?

Yesterday I got an email from a reader in Illinois who claims that the Bible’s truth is attested by its prescience about later events. In Faith Versus Fact, I claimed that if the Bible had been uncannily accurate about things that were to happen in the distant future, that would be some evidence for an Abrahamic divinity. […]

Ireland’s Same Sex Marriage Referendum: The Losing Side responds.

by Grania Spingies In May this year Ireland voted to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The results demonstrated that there is a bizarre disconnect in the Catholic Church. While Bishops and other dignitaries urged a No vote and then denounced the subsequent result; the slam-dunk victory for equality came from the very people the […]

Oy, for the love of criminey: atheists make babies cry

by Grania Spingies Most of you won’t know that Ireland has a Catholic publication called Alive! although it should have three or four more exclamation points to convey the nuances of fervent and slightly rabid editorial style. It should be pointed out that in spite of the paper being distributed widely and for free, the […]

The Kosher Switch: is it for real?

As you may know, it’s forbidden for many Orthodox Jews to turn light switches on and off during the Sabbath, as that constitutes work equivalent to lighting a fire. Some resort to “shabbos goys“: non-Jews whom you can hire to do the dirty work for you. Now, however, there’s an IndieGoGo project called KosherSwitch that […]

Crazy Sabbath restrictions for Jews leads to death of 7 children

A reader with the pseudonym “Freethinking Jew” sent me the link below, adding this: “When we think of the deaths caused by religion, we probably usually think of terrorism.  But in this case, people who may have otherwise been fine people and good parents, for all we know, may have caused the death of 7 of […]


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