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If John Boehner Doesn’t Get His Way, You Didn’t Pray Hard Enough, Bub

In a letter I found in my mailbox today, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association asked me to pray as hard as the heroic genocidal baby-killers of the Bible.

In a very real sense I am asking you and every other AFA member to act as Aaron and Hur did when Moses prayed to [...]

The Solstice is the Reason for the Season

The tilt of the Earth, half-shrouded in darkness, is the reason it gets so dark and cold this time of year. The commemoration of the blanket of darkness and the wait for light’s return at the solstice has been the reason for the celebration of the season for a long time, long before the strategic [...]

The Social Imaginary of Extremist Muslims and Christians

Just as Muslim extremists insist that the greatness of the old Muslim empire was based upon sharia law, Christian extremists insist that the United States is special because its laws were founded upon the Ten Commandments. [...]

As Fundamentalists Fume, Remember America’s First Faith-Based Initiative

The current symbolic aim of America’s Christian fundamentalists is to declare Islam and Muslims the enemy of America to be defeated. The current fundamentalist Christian rallying cry is “no mosques in America!” If the fundamentalists succeed, those who are members of the right religion will get to keep on building their houses of worship in [...]

National Movement Emerges to deny Americans the Right to Worship

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times does good service this morning, informing us that a movement against religious freedom is spreading far and wide across America.

We’ve heard before of a push by Sarah Palin, Mark Williams and other prominent figures in the GOP-controlled wing of the “Tea Party” to ban the building of [...]

Meet Paul LePage, Creationist for Governor of Maine

Two weeks ago, the moderator of a Republican gubernatorial debate asked candidate Paul LePage a simple and straightforward question: “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?” Paul LePage‚Äôs complete answer:

I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have [...]

Drawing Mohammed is a Crime at CafePress (but not here)

To the right you see stickers we designed in response to calls by fundamentalist Muslims for a ban on images of Mohammed. The fundamentalists’ ban is not just intended for Muslims who agree with them, or not just for Muslims in general, or not just in countries under Muslim law; it is to be a [...]

Mohammed Comic Strip 6: Taking a Hammer to a Lake

You know, I hadn’t really planned a sixth installation (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) in our series of Prophet Mohammed Cartoons, but in the last few days we learned that Jihad Jane and some people in Ireland tried to kill someone who drew a nasty sketch of Mohammed, while the multinational [...]

Vermont Gay Marriages Begin and the Weather’s Fine

Fundamentalist Christian leaders like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Stephen Bennett and John Piper have spent years insisting that their God sends tornadoes and hurricanes as divine judgment against gay pride parades, churches that respect gays and lesbians, and governments that let same-sex couples get married.

The contention doesn’t bear up well under empirical scrutiny: [...]

Vermont Gay Marriages Begin and the Weather's Fine

Fundamentalist Christian leaders like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Stephen Bennett and John Piper have spent years insisting that their God sends tornadoes and hurricanes as divine judgment against gay pride parades, churches that respect gays and lesbians, and governments that let same-sex couples get married.

The contention doesn’t bear up well under empirical scrutiny: the [...]

God, the Biggest Abortionist of all

Between 30% and 50% of conceptions (some suggest more) end in spontaneous miscarriage. This results in a far higher number of terminated pregnancies from spontaneous miscarriage than from intentional abortion. Those who believe in full human rights for a fertilized egg and assert an “equally valuable life at 2 cells” must confront this fact. The [...]