Christianity Facing Extinction? Wow. Cool.

An article in The Telegraph warns: Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord Carey I know this is disturbing and serious from the point of view of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, but from mine, it's heartening and funny. Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned. Clergy … [Read more...]

Is Handling Poisonous Snakes a Constitutional Right?

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Pentecostal Pastors Argue 'Snake Handling' Is Their Religious Right Is it? I'm going to say yes, with certain reservations. 1) The snakes should be protected. 2) Anyone handling them should be experts licensed by the state in which the church exists. 3) The church offering the activity has to have insurance that covers accidents and liability — just as fireworks displays and rodeos have to have insurance — so that if the snakes escape, or if someone is injured or killed during … [Read more...]

Do Atheists Have the Right to Offend Muslims?

Jesus and Mo

The question was posed in an article from The Muslim Times (which features such articles as A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from? and Conversion of Mr. Bean to Islam?) Recently some atheists at the LSE Freshers day were asked by university authorities to remove T-shirts depicting the Prophets Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them both) sharing a beer together. Well, to be more exact, they were asked to remove “Jesus and Mo” cartoon t-shirts, where “Jesus” is depicted … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

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We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE. Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others. In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

This Is Disturbing as Hell

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This post on Between a Veil and a Dark Place — What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not) — is like a bad car accident. You pass by and it's not you, but you can't look away because it's horrible, and it's SOMEBODY. I have keys. When I first moved to the United States eleven months ago, it took me several weeks to grasp this bit of information. I have keys. I have keys to my own front door and I can open this front door and walk down … [Read more...]

Finding the Real Villain in [Churches Hate Gay Boy Scouts]

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Thinking about this story, Some Churches Say They'll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts, a first reaction might lead you to lambaste the people who'd do such a thing. "If the Boy Scouts are going to support gays, we're not going to support the Boy Scouts." Of course they have every right to say that, to act that way, but it's not a decent reaction, not a reaction that recognizes equality and fairness. You'd be prone to blame the people who'd do such a thing. On … [Read more...]


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