Chocolate Snakes (Alleged)

July 27, 2015

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It's my daughter's third birthday today. I love her so damn much.

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Greg Epstein calls Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me "the quintessential atheist and humanist text of my generation." 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Washington state can require pharmacies to dispense Plan B, rejecting "religious freedom" objections.

Regulators in Europe approve Mosquirix, a vaccine against malaria, intended for use on babies in Africa.

Humanists in Guatemala launch an Indiegogo drive to fund a campaign to keep Guatemalan public education secular.

Astronomers may have found the largest "structure" in the universe, with the coolest name of anything in the universe: My next band name, "Cosmic Supervoid."  

Hey man, why fund science when you can just give out prizes?!?! Steven Saltzberg dismantles this "colossally bad idea from Congress."

John Lloyd at Reuters notes that religious militants have adopted an effective and extremely annoying strategy: Whining

North Carolina's supreme court upholds the state's voucher law, so taxpayers can continue to fund religion. 

Richard Flory says we do a disservice by relying on the term "Nones" and not recognizing the diversity of belief within that category. 

Dr. Arturo Casadevall opines in the Baltimore Sun that for science to overcome the crises of the 21st century, there needs to be a big reform movement to overcome the crises in science itself

When you employ the services of a chiropractor who has to sneak into hospitals to work on babies, please reevaluate your life choices. 

A South African "prophet" tells his congregants to eat live snakes, which he says will turn into chocolate. He gets arrested for animal cruelty. (You have to love how the Christian Post doesn't want to rule out the possibility that the snakes are turning into chocolate by adding "allegedly," just in case.) 

Call Samuel L. Jackson, I think we have a sequel for him: Snakes with Feet on a Plane. No way those snakes are turning into chocolate.

Quote of the Day:

Man, you gotta hand it to the Satanists. They unveiled their Baphomet statue in Detroit at a location that was kept secret until the last minute, and then to keep protesters and disruptors to a minimum, they made all attendees swear to give their souls to Satan:

I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am hereby avowing my soul to Satan (aka Abbadon, aka Lucifer, aka Beelzebub, aka The Antichrist). I do so knowing that He (aka The Fallen One, aka The Father of Lies) or any of His representatives may choose to collect my eternal soul at any time, with or without notice. I understand that my signature or mark representing any name, real or made up, upon these papers constitutes a lasting and eternal contract, and that there will be no further negotiations on the matter of my eternal soul. 

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