Josh Duggar allegedly molested 5 girls, including his sisters

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Two days ago I posted a story about the fact that TLC's Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting was turned over to police for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.Today, TMZ (yes, the celebrity gossip site) has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh –who was around 14 at the time– was the alleged molester of five girls starting in 2002. An unknown number of the five girls are reported to be Josh's own sisters.TMZ reports that: According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and … [Read more...]

TLC star Josh Duggar named by police in underage sex probe

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Josh Duggar, one of the children in the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting was turned over to the Arkansas State Police by this father Jim Bob Duggar, who according to a source says that Jim Bob caught Josh leaving a young girl’s bedroom and later “learned something inappropriate happened.” The charges sought against Josh was sexual assault in the fourth degree, and took place while Josh himself was still a minor. “I saw and read the report and it clearly stated that Jim Bob brought his s … [Read more...]

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Ark Encounter tax benefits

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Kentucky's Courier-Journal posted questions and answers with Kentucky's candidates for governor to replace outbound Democrat Steve Beshear who is not eligible to run for re-election.One interesting question posed by the Courier-Journal peaked my interest: Do you favor or oppose extending $18 million in state tax rebates to the Ark Encounter project in Grant County, which has acknowledged it plans to limit its hiring to Christians? Why or why not? And the answers? RepublicansMatt … [Read more...]

AD episode seven completely derails the biblical narrative

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AD is such a difficult series for me to follow anymore, let alone take seriously. Given how the producers had offered apologetics, rather than actual stories from the Bible, for the original Bible series from two years ago, it only makes sense that they would start showing episodes that they imagined themselves.Like in every post I have made on the show, the episode preys on the audience' uninformed ideas of history, politics, education, and government. It is apologetics disguised as … [Read more...]

Maryam’s Story: A Glimpse Inside the “Modern” Middle East

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"In our society, there is no such thing as an independent woman; you are either your family’s responsibility or your husband’s," says Maryam, an intelligent, articulate, and humorous young woman from the United Arab Emirates. As she recounts her story, she is painting me a picture of her world – and it is far from pleasant. It is a world that most of us are aware of; it is hard to imagine anyone being surprised to learn that patriarchy is thriving in the Middle East. Yet, our awareness is super … [Read more...]

Bill O’Reilly blames rap music for the decline of religion in the US

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In reaction to the PEW research poll, showing a decline in affiliation with Christianity and a rise in being unaffiliated with religion, Bill O'Reilly believes he has the answer. Rap music.The very sad truth about this reaction is it is not uncommon. Fox news has been shown to be a news station, among others, that equates being a minority with being morally deficient to white (especially white) Christians. And Bill O'Reilly has played a big part in this. Even being outed on the Daily Show … [Read more...]

Catholics blame everyone but themselves for the recent church exodus

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Catholics see the writing on the wall and it scares them to death, and like a frightened animal corned by it's hunter, it is lashing out.This week Pew Research poll showed Catholics losing 3 million followers since 2007 and dropping into third place, behind the non-religious, of US religious demographics. While losing 3 million followers and still having 51 million may not seem like a big deal, when you compare it to the rate in which they are leaving to other religious demographics, … [Read more...]

Reason Over Faith – Now Available!

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I'm happy to announce the release of my third book, Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion. In this book, I address the key issues I have with organized religion as well as faith itself. I do so by examining the negative roles religion and faith play in the lives of children, women, and those within the LGBTQI community. I explain why religion and science butt heads so often, disrupting the teaching of evolution, the denial of climate change, and the devastating consequ … [Read more...]

Murderous Saul in AD

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Last night we finally got to meet Saul, the future apostle that "changed" his name to Paul. There is not a lot of commentary to add to the discussion about this post other than the episodes have now gone into complete fable-beyond-the-written-word mode. What I mean is that nothing, absolutely nothing, in this episode comes from the Bible.In concept, both Acts and the letters of Paul do admit He persecuted the followers of Jesus. But there are no detailed accounts of what that entailed. Paul … [Read more...]

10 myths about atheists that just won’t go away

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One of the world's most misunderstood demographics is atheists. Accused of satanic worship or totally lacking a moral compass, many people's misconceptions lead people to think atheists are bad people and sadly leaves people scared and weary of atheists. American’s especially do not trust atheists have ranked them as one of the most hated “religious demographics” in the country.Most of the misconceptions about atheists and atheism center around a small group of myths and misunderstandings abo … [Read more...]

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