Because I drink tea.
I’m drinking some right now. In the middle of the USA.
Dec 19 2013
No, Ken Ham, it’s not. It’s sad to see a “public figure” like yourself preaching hate and homophobia, in response to this story.
It’s not just Ham. Here’s a sampling of the comments on that post:
Wow. These folks should actually be offended. They were selected not for merit, but as props. How nice for the Administration to reduce their identity to their sexuality.
Not just sexual preferences, but to their sins.
America is sending a message “we are a ungodly place” that mocks God
We are not so much a diverse place as we are a sinful place continually rejecting God’s word. Pray for repentance before it is too late for this country.
Just hope the Russians arrest these athletes. If it is illegal and they are there, then they are breaking the law – simple as that
Diversity happens in the sewer. You can’t stop it. Unity in the Truth is the high calling.
We have become a place of tolerance, tolerant to everything but the Truth. GOD is not mocked!
Sickness of soul. Pawns of Satan himself.
Seriously? What does being gay have to do with their athletic prowess? Go as athletes, not athletes with an agenda! And WHY does the FORMER DHS Secretary warrant tagging along? She does in NO WAY represent our country, in any facet, anymore. Send someone that does!
So the homosexuals are going to represent me? Even the communist’s deep in Russia reject homosex. I’d never thought that an atheist like Putin would be standing up for American values!
Obama has to be a closet homosexual. My mother has always said that she believed he was, and now I too have become convinced. I think that the wife and kids was just a cover up to get him elected in politics. Onama is a homosexual.
Now all that is sad.
I don’t think they bothered to read the article. The Obama administration is snubbing the Russian Olympics by not sending any high ranking members of the administration as part of the delegation — the most prominent politican in the group is the former head of Homeland Security — but they are including openly gay athletes, Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano, and Caitlin Cahow as representatives, not competing athletes.
Dec 19 2013
At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. The grading pile is shrinking, at least, but there’s much more to go.
This image has some personal meaning, as well as some larger irony.
Dec 19 2013
Cuttlefish is sharing the latest poll results — we’re winning.
Behold the change between 2003 and 2013: god belief declined 11% in America, while the ranks of the unbelievers swelled by 7%; the agnostics are hesitantly riding our coattails, and they’ve also increased in numbers by 4%.
Cuttlefish also notes the likely cause: the establishment of a publicly accessible font of information on righteous godlessness, Freethoughtblogs. Obviously. I should probably point out that “Support FtB” donation link over there on the left sidebar. Keep us going so we can continue to push back the forces of ignorance.
I suppose there are also a few other organizations, like the FFRF, American Atheists, American Humanists, Americans United, or your local freethinking group that have been making some contribution as well, so it would also be OK if you sent them an end-of-the-year donation in appreciation of their work.
Dec 19 2013
It’s always nice to hear the grown ups talking. Last night on Virtually Speaking Science, Tom Levenson interviewed Janet Stemwedel and Maryn McKenna on the subject of science writers and sexual harassment/gender discrimination. I listened to it while I was grading papers, and I think it may have contributed half a grade point or so on my evaluations, just by putting me in a more positive mood.
Now you can listen in too — it’s a pleasantly rational discussion of a real problem, and that’s how we take a small step towards correcting it.
Dec 19 2013
This is what Catholics need: a sense of justice, and a desire to vigorously pursue abuse within the church, rather than covering it up. Transparency and a willingness to change! Investigation and ending the abuse! So in the St Paul diocese there in my backyard, we’ve got a priest, Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has been charged with touching a choir boy inappropriately, and I would expect the church to take the issue seriously and bring in secular investigators to either clear his name or get a dangerous man out of their church. The Catholic League is willing to help and … OH BILL DONOHUE NO!
“Somebody knows who this character is who is making these accusations — I can’t wait to get to the bottom of this,” said Catholic League President Bill Donahue. “Nienstedt has been the subject of a non-stop crusade orchestrated by enemies of the Catholic Church. The time has come when people need to fight back.”
Donohue’s solution to the problem of pedophilia in his beloved church is … to hunt down and expose the names of children who dare to accuse priests. He also accuses the St Paul police of anti-Catholic bias.
Not that the Catholic church needs his help. They’ve got their response down to a ritual.
St. Paul Police has yet to comment. However, St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith accused the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Tuesday of not fully cooperating with investigations into alleged sex abuse by priests. He said that church officials declined to make clergy available to investigators.
Dec 18 2013
I don’t think I’ve ever met one of these face to face: an unapologetic libertarian fanatic who denies the existence of poverty, and claims that private charity would take care of it if it did exist. And at the same time, he’s stupid enough to voluntarily allow himself to be interviewed for the Daily Show! Oh, right, those two things are not contradictions.
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