Supreme Court Justice Didn’t Know Marriage Can’t Legally Involve Churches or Religion

The following story is almost completely made up, but is being passed around as if it really happened. Skeptics, be warned.

You Ready Grandma?

With the first day of hearings taking place before the United States Supreme Court, an awkward happening occurred when Supreme Court Chief JusticeJohn Roberts found out that both religion and religious establishments have nothing to do with the legality of same-sex marriage.

The uncomfortable exchange began when Chief Justice Roberts asked famed gay rights lawyer Mary Bonauto why she believed that we should “force churches and religious leaders to preside over a homosexual wedding that, when taken as a whole, would offend their moral conscience.”

Although she seemed taken aback, Bonauto replied with little to no hesitation.

“Well, I’d cite the U.S. Constitution, previous Supreme Court decisions, and the Treaty of Tripoli.”

Chief Justice Roberts then asked Bonauto to elaborate on her answer.

Bonauto replied, “Thomas Jefferson clearly stated that the intent and function of the 1st Amendment was that the country could never establish any laws based on…

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Joey and Angel Foundation Disassociates from Pharyngula Horde

The Joey and Angel Foundation for the Advancement of Love and Puppies (hereafter “Foundation”) publicly dissociates itself from the harmful and hateful rhetoric of the Pharyngula comments section.

The Foundation is publicly dissociating itself from the hurtful and dehumanizing, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric of the Pharyngula comments section. The final of many, many straws was its latest smear that “Douglas Adams . . . was a lecherous fucker.” We are also asking all ethical organizations and individuals to consider how you can help to reverse Pharyngula commenters’ harmful impact on the individuals they target and the atheist movement generally.

Some examples of rhetoric from the comments section of JUST ONE of Pharyngula’s posts:


“Fuck you, you piece of shit.”


“Fuck you, you lying sack of shit.”

“And before I forget: fuck you too!”

“Fuck you and your alleged skepticism.”

“…while you’re at it, go fuck yourself.”

“Oh fuck you and the horse you rode in on.”

“For everyone defending Shermer &/or the status quo: fuck you.”

“…a hearty FUCK YOU to the muckfucking asswipe who dropped that turd in here.”

“Let me be the first to invite you to fuck yourself. Go, idiot, and fuck yourself.”

“Fuck you big time!! You’re a fucking prejudice asshole. So once again; FUCK YOU!!”

“Double fuck you for doubting Jane Doe. This is not gossip you compassionless shitstain.”

“And a seriously raging fuck you to the slymey arselickers who are trying SO FUCKING HARD to preserve a rape culture they swear doesn’t exist.”

“…colorful suggestions about what they may or may not do with a rotting porcupine.”

“I have this nice crown of decayed porcupines for you. You can wear it as a sign of your terrible persecution as you trample out the vintage of the internet. Go forth and declare your outrage, Cupcake, the internet awaits you.”

“…take one of porcupines Caine has lying around and shove it up your ass.”

“Shermer is probably like the serial rapists…”

“These pieces of shit serial rapists need to own up to their behavior.”


“…it is better that someone might occasionally get a bad reputation they do not deserve than that serial rapists should continue to get away with being serial rapists.”

“What’s happening is some women want to warn other women that Michael Shermer is a serial rapist.”

These are only a small sample of the Pharyngula’s comments section’s harmful, hateful, and defamatory rhetoric.

It might be possible to interpret any one example of this unrelenting character assassination charitably, and certainly Pharyngula’s comments section can hide behind a wall of unkind, hyperbolic or polemic words written by PZ Myers himself, and continue to use Myers’ unabashed incivility to justify an obsessive hate campaign against any members of the designated out-group.

Ironically, the sheer quantity of this obsessive rhetoric can seem to minimize the harm of each example. It is easy for us to become desensitized to the reality of years of ridicule and hate framed as reasonable discourse. In fact, it might be really easy to just ignore it if you aren’t personally a target. Otherwise, it kind of blows.

Many within the atheist movement have been concerned about Pharyngula’s comments section for years. Some have responded by ignoring it, either to avoid giving Pharyngula’s blog comments or to avoid becoming their next target. For example, the last person who called out Pharyngula’s comment section has endured a coordinated smear campaign across multiple freethought blogs.

Accordingly, the Foundation is now publicly dissociating ourselves from the well-poisoning and dehumanizing, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric of Pharyngula’s blog comments. We are asking all ethical organizations and individuals to consider how you can help to reverse its harmful impact.

[Credit to Michael Nugent and M.A. Melby for inspiring most of this post, and to the famed Pharyngula Horde for reviving the infamous dead porcupines.]


Hot Scientist Babes Gate

In which the good comrade takes a stand against the oppressive boots of leering skeevd00ds

Comradde RisottoProffe

Some fuck-up skepticatheist or whatthefuckever published a blog post last week entitled “15 Sexy Scientists (with pics, of course)”, in which he embedded photos he found on the Web of female scientists that he apparently considers “sexy”. There has been a fuckton of discussion of this on various blogs–including that of the skeezbag motherfucker himself–about the significance of this blog post. Notwithstanding all the bloviating going on about this, it is really quite simple.

The fucking skeevd00d’s post is leering. Leering tells the person being leered at that their value as a human being is defined by how much other people want to fuck them. That is not a compliment. It is an oppressive boot on the neck designed to put women in their place. The internal mental state of the leerer and his “intentions” are wholly irrelevant to any of this.

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Blue Ball Skeptics – Episode 10

We’ve been on hiatus from podcasting for a while, seeing as half of the team has been on paternity leave, and we’re nothing if not progressive about that sort of thing.

Speaking of progressives, we don’t have one on the show today because this episode is about the intersection of skepticism, atheism, and conservatism. We managed to actually find a true conservative who is both an atheist and a skeptic, and who was willing to talk to us about it.

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