Archives for March 2008

All Dogs Go To Heaven

In Japan, Conan, a male chihuahua, has been imitating Buddhist priest Joei Yoshikuni in the prayer stance. Since Conan started doing this, the number of visitors to the temple has increased 30%. “He may be showing his thanks for treats and walks,” speculated one priest at the Jigenin temple on Okinawa island. Priest Joel Yoshikuni [Read More…]

Statue of Liberty, Jesus, and Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Cumberland County Courthouse in Tennessee has several expressions of free speech on its front lawn. The displays include an Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Memorial, Statue of Liberty, chainsaw-carved monkeys and bears, Jesus carrying a cross, and the most recent display added — a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Yep. An FSM sculpture has been added to [Read More…]

Fiction for Fiction

From the forums. Some of you may recall the “Smut for Smut” campaign a college atheist group ran a while back. If you handed the atheists your Bible (smut), they would give you back pornography (smut) in return. Because, really, it’s the same thing… Lots of publicity. Negative publicity. It’s cute and clever, but it [Read More…]

A Church for Atheists

That’s the title of the piece from a recent Nightline story. It refers to the “atheist Sunday school” held in Palo Alto, CA and other locations around the country. It’s also the topic of an article in Time magazine over four months ago. (Nice job being current, Nightline!) At first, I was a bit taken [Read More…]

Faith-Based Homicide

The tragic story of Madeline Kara Neumann never needed to happen. She’s the 11-year-old girl who needed medical help for her ketoacidosis but got prayer instead. Thanks to her ignorant parents, she’s dead. Charges against the parents are pending. The girl’s parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to “apparently they didn’t have enough [Read More…]