Madison Avenue Jesus

Man, the ads we get here at FtB. My understanding is that the service that places these things gets progressively better at targeting them to the reader audience over time. I continue to hope that’s true. If the whole thing works on nothing but keywords, and if atheist bloggers frequently mention worship and God and Jesus – in the making of jokes if nothing else – then readers here will have to grin and bear a LOT of ads that should rightly be targeted at the goddy. We’re like a Jewish site that … [Read more...]

Jesus by Mail! (email, anyway)

Sigh.One of my good, old friends from Texas sent me an email. If you’ve ever gotten one of those multiply-forwarded Christian thingies, you know what it looks like. Letters half and inch high on my screen. Every paragraph a different color. Comic Sans typeface. Yeah, like this: … [Read more...]

The Hitler of Ice Cream

Jon Stewart hits another one out of the park. I LOL'd. … [Read more...]

Tits and Ass and Weenies, Oh Myyyy

This has probably been out there for a while, but I'm pretty sure it's the first time *I* have seen it.The Vatican has a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.You can mouse around it. The navigation is weird, but if you work at it, you can see all of it. You can also zoom in and out with your mouse's scroll wheel or the Shift and Ctrl keys.A couple of thoughts: … [Read more...]

A Magnitude of Horror, Inhumanly High

One of our human failings is that there are plenty of things we can know intellectually without feeling them viscerally. You can go to a dozen funerals, and not be very deeply touched by it all, until someone you really love dies. You can read or hear about the Holocaust in high school history class, and even see pictures of death camp inmates, and not really have any least idea about what the whole thing means until you walk through the Holocaust Museum, holding the card of a little kid who was … [Read more...]

May 3: National Day of This and That

The National Day of ... huugh ... (sorry, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth) Prayer is this May 3.Wikipedia explains the event this way: The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". Fortunately — man, talk about your happy coincidence! — there's also a National Day of Reason on the same day. I say fortunate not only b … [Read more...]


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