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.

Make your plans for PaStAHCon!


PaStAHCon 2017 will be held in Philadelphia the weekend of October 13-15. Over the next few weeks, this blog will highlight some of the speakers that you will miss if you don’t go, which is clearly something that you want … Continue reading

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Trump and the Vatican


On his first visit overseas, Trump will be visiting several nations including Saudi Arabia, which is very odd given that, according to Wikipedia Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia and its law requires that all citizens should be … Continue reading

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Ten Commandments on the Move in New Kenningston


In a monumental victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Ten Commandments outside of Valley High School in New Kenningston, PA, were finally removed after years of deliberation and stonewalling by the school district. The outcome of the lawsuit was … Continue reading

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And The Saints Go Marching Out


Much of the Press last week, including our local Post-Gazette, are awash with the “news” of Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, commonly referred to as Mother Teresa, is now Saint Teresa. There is a minority of the press that has taken a … Continue reading

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Religion-Free Voting


  Will this be the first recent American election where religion takes a backseat … make that a “yuge” backseat? Despite the crazy talk from one candidate in particular, there has been surprising little god talk on the campaign trail.   That … Continue reading

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When Words Matter


There was a tragic accident yesterday at the Schliterbahm Waterpark in Kansas that resulted in the death of a 10-year boy, Caleb Schwab, who is the son of a Republican state representative, Scott Schwab.  The Verruckt slide is unique in … Continue reading

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In Which God?


Apparently, the Pennsylvania Senate does not regularly read this blog. It is a shame because they are now pushing through House Bill 1640, which passed the PA House earlier this year. The sole purpose of HB 1640 is to provide … Continue reading

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Form, Not Function


The Supreme Court has punted on the basic question of what actions are coercive in a multi-cultural society. The case before them was Zubik v. Burwell, which came about from the absurd claim that filling out a five-line form was an … Continue reading

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Religious Liberty – Yes or No?


It was interesting to follow today’s breaking news that Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, decided to side with human rights (and the Super Bowl) over bigotry and religious pandering by the using his veto power.  Of equal interest, was how the various … Continue reading

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Your Regrets Are Not Enough


The news broke this afternoon about the latest Catholic Church scandal, which took place right in the Steel City’s backyard.  There is documented evidence of the rampant abuse and cover-up in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls it “staggering abuse”.   The conservative … Continue reading

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