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Ram Bomjon The Bloody Buddha Returns

For years, we have been following stories of Ram Bomjon, the teenage boy who, it was claimed, was able to sit and meditate for months straight, without taking any food or water, or even moving. Access to Ram Bahadur Bomjon was tightly controlled by his group of teenage followers, and no one was allowed to [...]

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 [...]

Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Come From A Nazi Cult?

This summer saw the widespread practice of something called the Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people posted videos of themselves having buckets of ice water dumped over their heads in an attempt to increase awareness of the need for money to support research into new treatments for a disease known by the acronym ALS. This [...]

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 [...]

Jody Hice Seeks To Re-Establish The Terror Of Puritanical Religious Rule Across America

First, there’s the good news: America will no longer need to wince at the speeches of Congressman Paul Broun. Broun lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia this year, and won’t be running for re-election to the House of Representatives.

Unfortunately, this reprieve was followed by bad news: The Republican who is favored [...]

One Year Bible for Kids Leaves Out God’s Tips for Assaulting Slaves

As I discussed last week, the One Year Bible for Kids promises to have “your 8- to 12-year-olds read the bulk of God’s Word in one year — you bet!” Tyndale House, the Christian company that publishes The One Year Bible for Kids, declares explicitly that kids should get to know God and that the [...]

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 [...]

Pushy Christians In Orange County, Florida Open The Door To Satanists

It’s a move designed to show the absurdity of allowing religious groups to distribute their propaganda in public schools. However, Orange County, Florida Christian groups don’t seem to be getting the message.

The Satanic Temple has demanded equal access to Orange County public schools for their own material, a coloring book with the title, the [...]

Yale Prof: Unpopular Bizarre Claims Can Be Ignored, Popular Bizarre Claims Must be Respected

How much does Yale University pay a professor to paraphrase the cliche that “100 million people can’t be wrong”? Fully tenured Yale Professor Keith DeRose explains in the New York Times why Christianity deserves more respect from atheists than Pastafarianism deserves from Christians:

“I think you can sometimes rightly claim to know that something doesn’t [...]

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 [...]