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The Four Hundred Aztec Rabbits of Drunkenness

The Totochtli were the children of Mayahuel, a goddess who discovered pulque, an alcoholic drink made from a part of the agave plant. The agave itself is depicted as having 400 breasts, feeding the 400 rabbits, and Mayahuel is also depicted in this way. As a divinity of fertility, Mayahuel has the Virgin Mary beat, hands down. […]

An Index Of Witches And Herbs, Burned

– Elspeth Reoch was accused of being a witch on the grounds that she collected yarrow, in Orkney in 1616. She was killed for the crime

– Alison Pearson was burned at the stake as a witch because she knew herbal remedies. She was burned at the stake

– Sigurdur Jonsso was seized in Vigur, […]

Why is Indiana the “Only One” being Picked On for Picking on People? Because… it Isn’t.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Parvini and Nigel Duara are reporting shock, befuddlement and disbelief at the development that, “for some reason,” the state of Indiana is getting picked on, bullied, and discriminated against for passing a law allowing government-chartered corporations to discriminate against gay people. Parvini and Duara share passages like the […]

Proverbs 30:5 is Flawless Flawless Flawless

“Every word of God is flawless” — Proverbs 30:5

My word, it’s true.

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Happy Anti-Pagan Anti-Protestant Religious Warfare Day!

Remember to wear green today, not orange, and not any other color…

…because it’s Anti-Pagan Anti-Protestant Religious Warfare Day!

May the luck of the church with the most powerful armies be with you!

Kiss me! My pagan heritage was exterminated by the Catholic Church.

[…]

Pew Asks: How Important is Religion in Your Life? The U.S. Responds…

… with slow but steady change:

Source: Pew Global Attitudes Survey

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

Atheists Under Assault

In Egypt, 22 year-old Sherif Gaber has been convicted for creating a page on Facebook discussing atheism. The student was arrested after his home was surrounded by four military vehicles, and has been sentenced to one year in prison. While awaiting trial, Gaber was subjected to torture, including electrocution.

Also in Eqypt, 23 year-old engineering […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]

Secret Muslims In Our Midst! The Shahadah Finger Reveals Conspiracy!

If Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim, then George Clooney is secretly ten Muslims. […]