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.

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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Let Them Eat Cake


This was one of the most contentious weeks at the Supreme Court with the Justices hearing the case of the intolerant baker, Jack Phillips of Lakewood, Colorado, who lawyers were painfully arguing again that he has the right to refuse … Continue reading

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Boy Scouts Continue to Discriminate


The Boy Scouts of American made a lot of noise this week by stating that they were opening Cub Scouts to include girls as members, to be followed by girls as Boy Scouts a few years down the road. While … Continue reading

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PaStAHCon is next weekend


There is still room to attend PAsTAHCon coming up next weekend (Sept 13 – 15, 2017) in Philadelphia. The quantity and quality of the list of top-notch speakers will make it well-worth the trip for those of you within driving distance, … Continue reading

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