Monthly Archives: December 2009

Woman jumps Pope during Xmas mass

As much as the Pope deserves our outrage and contempt, I don’t think he deserves to be physically assaulted. A crazy person jumped the barrier during a Christmas Eve mass and knocked Ratzinger to the ground. He was unhurt, but … Continue reading

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Festivus for the rest of us!

It’s December 23rd, and that means…Festivus! And now…for the Airing of Grievances!!!

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Wright v. Hitch, Part Deux

Holy Flibbertishibbit!  Robert Wright in diavlog with Christopher Hitchens twice in the same month!  Me like.

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Podcast #75 – Can Atheists Hold Office in NC?

Cecil Bothwell has just been elected to the city council of Asheville, North Carolina.  He happens to be an atheist.  The North Carolina state constitution bars atheists from holding elected office.  (For what it’s worth, seven other states still have … Continue reading

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An atheist city councilman, but…

Cecil Bothwell is a new city councilman in Asheville, NC (a liberal enclave in an otherwise fairly conservative state).  Bothwell happens to be an atheist, but the North Carolina state constitution prohibits any officeholder “who shall deny the being of … Continue reading

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House Reps declare War on the War on Christmas

House Republicans have declared war on the War on Christmas. House Resolution 951, sponsored by Henry Brown of–where else–South Carolina seeks to express “the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected … Continue reading

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Wright v. Hitch

Finally–two of my favorite pundits go head-to-head at  Check. It. Out.

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Phil Plait steps down from JREF

Holy Haleakala!  After just over a year at the helm, Phil “Bad Astronomer” Plait is stepping down as president of the James Randi Educational Foundation to pursue an undisclosed TV project.  His worthy successor is Center for Inquiry’s D.J. Grothe.  … Continue reading

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Podcast #74 – Margaret Downey

We interview Margaret Downey, former Atheist Alliance International president and founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia (, about her experiences coordinating the annual Tree of Knowledge in Chester County, Pennsylvania, which is intended to offer an alternative to … Continue reading

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Swiss voters ban minarets

Voters in Switzerland have passed a referendum–with a healthy margin–to ban the construction of new minarets in the country.  Switzerland currently has a grand total of FOUR minarets. There are ways to oppose the encroachment of extremist Islam, but this … Continue reading

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