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Is my (kilt-wearing) twin ‘illegal’ in Tennessee?


While out for a long walk Sunday afternoon, I dropped in on my twin brother Ian and his wife as they were getting ready to go Scottish dancing. Nancy is the talented chair of Madison Scottish Country Dancers. My tall, skinny twin in his jaunty new kilt, complete with matching knee socks, carries off the […]

A Thomas Paine win, Super Bowl ads, an awful rebuttal and our congressional sponsorship

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We at the Freedom From Religion Foundation have had so much to reflect on recently: from our huge victory in Congress and awful Super Bowl ads to the Arkansas governor’s terrible recent rebuttal speech and the illogic of Christianity. FFRF Director of Governmental Affairs Mark Dann justifiably exulted about our recent win in Congress that […]

Logic pulls rug from under Christianity


The philosophical quandary called “the problem of evil” proves that an all-loving father-god cannot exist. No all-merciful creator would design leukemia — or breast cancer — or global pandemics and tsunamis and earthquakes that kill legions. Thus, simple logic wipes out the compassionate deity of Christianity. Taking logic further, let’s apply it to the supernatural […]

They Don’t Get It: The myriad problems with ‘He Gets Us’ Super Bowl ads

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While I’m not the biggest NFL fan, I always watch the playoffs. So it has been impossible to avoid the new “He Gets Us” ads for Jesus that have appeared during every playoff game. They include themes such as “Jesus was a refugee” and “Jesus confronted racism with love.” These ads are part of a […]

National Prayer Breakfast, the pope, Deion Sanders and blasphemy

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This has been a major week for us. From the National Prayer Breakfast and blasphemy laws to the pope and Deion Sanders, we’ve handled a lot. Our efforts to get members of Congress to boycott the annual theocratic National Prayer Breakfast has resulted in interesting developments. We took the lead in a recent coalition letter calling […]

IQ up, religion down?

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Religion is collapsing faster in America than in any other nation, according to a top researcher. Writing in Foreign Affairs magazine  —  in a piece titled “Giving Up on God: The Global Decline of Religion”  — University of Michigan Professor Ronald Inglehart stated: “The most dramatic shift away from religion has taken place among the American […]

National Prayer Breakfast, a troubling flag, abortion rights marches and India

Prayer Breakfast

It’s great to be back in the office and observe closely again the myriad activities that the Freedom From Religion Foundation engages in. (FFRF Co-President Dan Barker and I were actually on a two-week tour of India to learn about rationalism and the battle against Hindu nationalism in the country. More on that later.) For […]

Mangled Methodist morality

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The bible says that we must kill gays.  Leviticus 20:13 commands:  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” America is much kinder than the bible. Although a couple of […]