Author Archives: SamStone

About SamStone

A Steel City Skeptic who thinks science and reason is the light that we should follow to find our way in this world.

A Christmas Cross to Bear in Ozark


There has been a depressing fight going on in Ozark, Missouri, over a large lighted cross in a public park to celebrate Christmas.  The rather ugly, lighted 20+ foot cross was constructed around a utility pole and is part of … Continue reading

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FFRF in San Francisco


The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s 41st Annual Convention was a resounding success.  Held November 2-4, 2018, in downtown San Francisco, just steps away from the California Street cable car, a BART station and ferry terminals, the location was ideal, even … Continue reading

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Lettuce Prey


In a very bizarre rant this past week, creationist Kent Hovind wrote “So for the 57th time, how could lettuce evolve slowly by chance and from what? How many trillions of intermediate steps would there have to be to go from … Continue reading

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New Age Nones


The growth of the “nones”, being those with no religious affiliation, has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past decade.  The Catholic Church, in particular, has been losing members, due in part to the continued scandals that have … Continue reading

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Roy Zimmerman in Pittsburgh!


We just got word that the great singer-songwriter, Roy Zimmerman, will be making a stop in Pittsburgh this weekend. You will not find a more poignant and relevant satirist today in America. His songs harken back to Tom Lehrer from … Continue reading

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Congressional Freethought Caucus takes a stand


There is a brand new Freethought Caucus in Congress that is making its views known in regard to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The new group representing five states consists of Reps. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Pramila … Continue reading

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Removing a Wuerl of Catholics


This past week saw the release of a horrific report of abuse by Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania with CNN reporting a grand jury report released earlier this week that accused more than 300 Catholic “predator priests” of abusing more than … Continue reading

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AG Jeff Sessions: Religion trumps established law


Without much fanfare late last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an addendum to the US Attorneys’ Manual: 1-15.000 – Respect for Religious Liberty, which  clearly lacks all respect for the 1st Amendment.  The document, which seems to be flying … Continue reading

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Losing Our Religion


At 7pm on Wednesday, January 24th, there will be a one night showing of a Losing Our Religion, a feature-length documentary about how preachers who are no longer believers make the transition out of the church. Allowed access to the 600 … Continue reading

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Crabb Apples Taste Sweet This Week


This was a big week for supporters church/state separation, when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ordered the suspension of the IRS regulation that allows Christian ministers to deduct housing allowances from their taxable income, because the deduction benefits religious leaders and … Continue reading

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