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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 [...]

Thanks For This Terrible World, You Loving God, Says Chaplain Patrick Conroy

Yesterday, the House of Representatives witnessed a twisting knot of self-contradiction from Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the government-established, First Amendment busting, Chaplain of the lower house of Congress. Chaplain Conroy prayed:

“Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.”

Thanks to God, for another day. Well, that’s positive, isn’t it? God loves [...]

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. [...]

Challenge: Prove The Ice Bucket Challenge Is A Satanic Ritual

Unless you live at a remote camp up in the mountains, or sequestered away in a monastery, you have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people are challenged to shoot videos of themselves having buckets of icy water poured over their heads, and to donate to support research for treatments for ALS, amyotrophic [...]

Will Atheists Find Happiness Through Atheist Dating Sites?

There’s a reason that marriage has been one of the key political battlegrounds in American culture over the last 100 years. Regressive groups want to keep dating and marriage within strictly controlled boundaries. [...]

What is this Religious Claim doing in my Kid’s High School?

At high school orientation for my son this evening, I saw this professionally-produced poster hanging in a hallway, posing the question, “What is Religion?”. Apparently the answer is that religion is misunderstood by the poster maker, because the maker’s answer begins by describing religion as “something that human beings have always felt a need [...]

Jesus Cares? Help is Just a Prayer Away?

That’s what roadside church signs tell me on my drive through central Maine today:

There are a lot of good people suffering in the world. Jesus (and God the Father of whom Jesus is supposed to be one mysterious aspect) are supposed to omniscient and omnipotent. If they exist and they care about [...]