On Freethinkers’ Groups

One of Andrew Sullivan’s readers was unimpressed with his experience with a freethinkers’ alternative to church: I was raised Southern Baptist. One of the few reasons I miss organized religion is the social aspect of “church as an event.” In Kansas City some years back, there was a freethinker’s group called the Eupraxophy Center. As an atheist, I was attracted to it for its “Sunday School Without Religion,” which promised to be a way to converse with like-minded individuals and… Read more

Make Your Own God Billboard!

Like that nifty billboard campaign of messages from God that was all over the place earlier this decade, you can make your own now! If you make any and send them to us, we’ll post them if we like them! Great find by The Friendly Atheist. Read more

Conceptual Problems For The Ideal of Unconditional Love

The ideal of unconditional love strikes many as the purest, most ideal way to define the essence of love.  It is easy to see why this characterization of the essence of love is appealing.  Unconditional love is an undiluted love—if I love only the good in you but do not love the bad in you, then I do not entirely love you in the sense that I do not love the entirety of what you do or the entirety of… Read more

150 Women Face Flogging For Adultery

Heartwrenchingly disgusting: Almost 150 women living in the Maldives face a public flogging for indulging in extra-marital sex after being convicted by the Muslim country’s conservative courts. Around 50 men also face the punishment. Earlier this month, an 18-year-old woman fainted after she was flogged 100 times having been found guilty of having sex with two different men. The woman, who was pregnant at the time of sentencing, had her punishment deferred until after the birth of her child and… Read more

An Icon Is A Mirror

Johann Hari has a neat piece which can be summed up with this eminently quotable nugget: An icon is a mirror: it tells you how a group sees itself, distilled into a single personality. He uses his article to explore various gay icons who have made it into an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and what their selections as icons represent. Read more

Pat Condell Excoriates The Left For Not Standing Up To Islamism

There is a lot to chew on in this latest rant from Pat Condell on the need for the tolerant to be more intolerant of intolerant religions than they are intolerant of denouncers of intolerant religions.  While Condell’s  attack on multiculturalism is too broad and at times his rhetoric is cringe-inducingly counter-productive, I do share his essential worries that a significant and powerful portion of the liberal left is dangerously accommodating of Islamism out of an inflated fear of chauvinism…. Read more

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland Trailer Premieres

Aside from the hideous Mad Hatter makeup, this whole trailer is gorgeous and exciting. Read more

German Inflatable Church

Thanks again to the Atheist Media Blog, which you should check for yourself everyday. Read more

Birthers Just The Latest Legitimacy Challengers?

Harry Shearer makes an interesting connection between the fringe birther movement questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s citizenship and recent presidential history: The reason for the growth of birtherism, I’m suggesting, lies in the history of the last two presidencies. Bill Clinton was reviled by Republicans, partly because he won and partly because he won with the aid of a third-party candidate (Ross Perot), meaning that he enjoyed a plurality, but not a majority of the popular vote. George W…. Read more

“At This, God Sent Poisonous Snakes Among The People”

Click here for more amazing pictures dramatizing Bible stories using legos! Read more

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