The Religious Conservative’s False Choice: “Big Brother” Or “Heavenly Father”

In an e-mail to me, Caroline proposes thought provoking reasons for non-believers to encourage (or at least to not actively discourage) religious beliefs: It would also be nice if people would carry out actions in good conscience of just being decent human beings rather than in fear of reprisal in the afterlife, but as there [Read More...]

Why “Loving The Sinner But Hating The Sin” Is Not An Option When Dealing With Gay People

Many a homophobic religious person has infamously claimed that when it comes to gays he “loves the sinner but hates the sin” and many a defender of the full dignity and ethical lives of gay people has judged such a compromised offer of love inadequate (if not insincere). This cannot be because it is impossible [Read More...]

Sex And Apostasy

Drew Dyck has written a book called Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith. . .and How to Bring Them Back. I want to focus on just a few passages from his interesting five page article from last fall in last November’s Christianity Today. Unlike many Christians who, despite living in a culture [Read More...]

Some Suspicions About The Superiority Of Liberal Moral Values

Earlier today, I drew attention to Greta Christina’s article formulating some ideas she picked up from Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.  If you have already read either or both of those posts, you can just skip the next two paragraphs meant to catch up new readers. The Goldstein/Greta Christina argument built off of Jonathan Haidt’s theory of [Read More...]

A Challenge To Christians To Unqualifiedly Condemn Genocide

Christians who defend the Old Testament genocides are guilty of either relativistic authoritarianism (anything can be okay as long as God wills it and His will has simply changed from the Old Testament days to the New Testament one) or, possibly worse, theoretical agreement with all the normal justifications of genocide as long as God [Read More...]

Self-Righteous Atheist

Hemant Mehta has an incredibly petty post in which he picks on Serena Williams for losing her temper and cursing at a line judge. He needlessly exploits her human failing to try to score political points against her religion: I don’t think swearing is some horrible sin. But the outburst just shows how a religious [Read More...]

Christianity And Lithuania

ABC News reported on the discovery of another CIA secret prison that was being used for some period of time between 2001-2005.  This one in Lithuania.  Red explores its long bloody history and one of its recurring themes: Vilnius has a long and bloody history. There are mass graves there containing the remains of tens [Read More...]

Another Brave Protector of Morality In The News

Marion Barry. Pam’s House Blend puts the story in perspective: Our divine “moral compass” and declarant of “civil war” on same-sex marriage was arrested and charged last night in DC for stalking a woman in Anacostia Park. How much are you willing to bet the religious fanatics won’t be circulating a referendum petition to remove the [Read More...]

Sarah Palin: A Daily Show Retrospective

In honor of the surprising news of Sarah Palin’s resignation, here are my nine favorite classic Daily Show segments on her (in chronological order): September 3, 2008: Sarah Palin Gender Card September 4, 2008: Sarah Palin-Vet This! September 15, 2008: Sarah Palin Won’t Blink September 18, 2008: Gov. At First Sight October 6, 2008: Vice [Read More...]


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