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I am not Charlie Hebdo. The Kouachi brothers are not Islam.

Signs reading “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” have sprung up in demonstrations offline and online around the world in the wake of a shooting in which two brothers shot and killed 12 people working for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The meaning intended by carriers of the “Je Suis Charlie” sign […]

A Religious Lesson About Forgiveness

It’s a common claim that religions around the world teach the wisdom of forgiveness.

MoneyMatters101 writes, “Every major world religion teaches that forgiveness is necessary and important. Forgiveness is truly a universally accepted principle and provides common ground for love, acceptance, harmony and true happiness.”

“All major religions teach the necessity of forgiveness,” writes Help […]

When a Loaded Gun is in your Handbag, it’s not an Accident

“US woman accidentally shot dead by son, two, in Idaho Wal-Mart,” the BBC writes in a news headline today.

The woman in question had a handgun. She put it in her handbag. Before she put the handgun in her handbag, she put bullets into the handgun. When she put the handgun in her handbag, […]

Varanasi Priests Show The Power Of Religion

Let us speak of the power of faith.

This week, in the city of Varanasi, India, two Hindu priests met on the street and got into an argument about who had the most followers. They soon started yelling at each other. Then, one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other one dead, […]

Religious Violence Challenge: Koran or Bible?

Calling all religious believers: O come, all ye faithful, and tell me, without looking, which holy book the following passage comes from:

“If you hear it said about one of the towns that God is giving you to live in that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, […]

Hindus Threaten Violence Over Image Of Krishna With Coca-Cola

Because I see Hindus threatening to kill anyone who shows this picture, I am deciding to join in the blasphemy, and to amplify it. If a Hindu activist group succeeds in pressuring the web host of the mythological discussion group to remove the blasphemous image, I want the image to survive, in defiance of the censorship. […]

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 […]

The Language Killers Understand

“The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

Ethics of war pop quiz: Is the quote above A) by Barack Obama, B) about Barack Obama, or C) both by and about Barack Obama?

For bonus points, answer your choice of the following essay questions:

1) If killers don’t understand any […]

Alabama Christians Call For Stoning, Lynching, and Shooting Of Atheists

I’m using the power of the Internet to shame these violent people who believe that people who don’t share their Christian religion deserve to be exiled, attacked, and killed. It’s time to call out these bigots who are threatening violence against Amanda Scott. […]

Edge Of Tomorrow Disappoints With Unoriginal Thinking

Edge Of Tomorrow thus manages to fail, simultaneously, to be imaginative and to be plausible. I think I might have had a better time watching the movie with the talking raccoon. […]

After We Bring Back Our Girls, Can We Beat Them?

Of the 411 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to express outrage about violence against children in Nigeria, 389 have not signed their names to legislation to stop violence against children by public schools in the United States. […]