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Coalition Of Republicans Runs For Congress On Platform Of Return To Slavery

“Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values.” – Martha Zoller, Republican candidate for Congress

“This Constitution is our National Foundation – and is a product of our Founders’ Judeo-Christian values and faith.” – Marty McClendon, Republican candidate for Congress

“We must begin again to teach the history of our country and of the founding principles [...]

The Language Killers Understand

“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

Ethics of war pop quiz: Is the quote above A) by Barack Obama, B) about Barack Obama, or C) both by and about Barack Obama?

For bonus points, answer your choice of the following essay questions:

1) If killers don’t understand any [...]

Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest? (What Kind of Harvest?)

The promise that “Giving is Sowing and God Promises a Harvest!” met me on my way to work this morning, and it got me to thinking.

My first thought was of the so-called “Prosperity Gospel,” which asks followers of a church to give money to the church with the promise that God will mysteriously [...]

The World’s Most Hideous Consolation Card?

“Tough cookie,” the card said.

When I picked up this card in the grocery store the other day, I read the literal words on the left. The underlying message, as I read the card in between the lines, sits on the right:

Sympathy cards are cultural markers. Only rarely do the cards simply [...]

The Old Evil Is Now Our Friend

Last year, the government of Syria wasn’t on acceptable evil. The Syrian government had been caught using chemical weapons on it’s own people. The bloodshed had to stop. The United States military had to become involved.

Such was the moral certainty of the time.

In 2014, we have a new moral certainty. The moral certainty [...]

One Year Bible for Kids: Pay No Attention to 1 Samuel 15… Please!

“Can your 8- to 12-year-olds read the bulk of God’s Word in one year? You bet!”

So says the advertising copy for The One Year Bible for Kids, a publication of the Christian publication company Tyndale House. In its introductory material, The One Year Bible for Kids explains that it’s good to get to know [...]

Conformity and Obedience are Not the Only Options

Conservative religious radio show host Michael L. Brown imagines a battle between two sides and declares his allegiance:

Brown asserts that a person must choose between obedience to a real or imagined authority and conformity to the ways of the majority. But are those really the only ethical options available? I don’t think so. [...]

The Created Creator And The Illusion Of Our Battles

I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.

My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]

Why Christian Groups Must Protest Against Gay Football Player Michael Sam

Down in Dallas, Texas, an organization called American Decency is planning to hold a political demonstration outside a sports stadium there, in protest of the decision by the Dallas Cowboys to hire Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. “We cannot just stand idly by as Christian values and morals are trampled. [...]

Help. Doctor Who’s Balloon Of Human Skin Has Me Retching. I Need Alternatives.

My teenage son and I have become enthusiastic fans of Doctor Who. We enjoy the imaginative settings and characters, the show’s sense of curiosity, and the unusual perspective allowed by a story with time travel at its center.

For a long time, I’ve appreciated the way that Doctor Who helps young people become comfortable [...]

World Humanitarian Day

As F.G. Fitzer observed earlier this morning, today is National Aviation Day, a holiday that promotes an industry that has become more of an annoyance than an inspiration. Today also commemorates something more inspiring: Humanitarian workers who put themselves into dangerous situations in order to help other human beings.

August 19 is World Humanitarian [...]