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A Plague of Frogs?

This morning, I found myself reading the Bible book of Exodus, which features six chapters describing ten plagues brought down upon the Egyptians by the god Yahweh in order to punish the Pharaoh for hemming in Yahweh’s favored ethnic group.

Almost all of the ten plagues of Egypt struck an eerie chord with me: bloody […]

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 […]

Unitarian Universalist Education Teaches Kids To Avoid Deep Thinking About Religion

The lesson encourages teachers to “mention” a well-known quote from the 21st chapter of the Book of Exodus without explaining what the rest of that chapter in the Book of Exodus teaches. […]

My Favorite Word in the Bible Is…

Shittim.

Hands down. 32 times in the Bible, that shittim. There’s nothing substantive I have to say about the word. It’s juvenile, I admit, but I just bliss out whenever my eyes come by it. Shittim, shittim, shittim.

Although God’s obsession over the various decorative uses of shittim wood in Exodus blows Queer Eye for […]

Sour Cabbage: by word count, the Real Whopper of a Bureaucracy is Biblical

Is all you need to know about bureaucracy reduced to cabbage? Or could we find something a little bit wordier? Time for a conservative chain mail fact check. […]

#10 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: MisQuote Violent Islamic Texts and Ignore Violent Christian Texts

American Family Association President Tim Wildmon is out there again, flogging the notion that Islam is an inherently violent religion. And to do so, he selectively quotes from the Quran:

President Obama this week once again called Islam “a great religion” which has been “distorted” by a small number of “extremists” to justify committing acts […]

Mike Huckabee, Building for 2012 Run, to Put Witch Killing in Constitution?

Mike Huckabee, President, Witch Killer?

Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate in 2008, is sure acting like he’s going to be making a run for president in 2012. He’s written a book. He’s heading to Iowa. When asked whether he’ll be running for president in the next cycle, he coyly responds that “I’m not ruling anything […]