This is What Mimicking Looks Like at Church

We’ve seen what it looks like when children speak in tongues. They just go along with what everyone else is doing, probably under peer pressure.

I dare someone to tell me this baby isn’t under the same influence:

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Thanksgiving Dinner’s Gonna Be Awkward at This House…

After a conservative Christian (in red) posted an image on Facebook, her atheist sister (in black) emailed me the ensuing frustrating conversation…

You can’t unfriend relatives, can you…?

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Christian Movies Are Backfiring on Their Own Terms

In the past year, we’ve seen the released of two high-profile Christian movies: God’s Not Dead and Left Behind. It’s easy to make the argument that both movies fail at their core mission — to convert heathens into believers — because they’re just plain awful. Left Behind has a 2% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes while God’s Not Dead is at 17%. (By way of comparison, Gone Girl is at 87%.)

But there’s a more compelling reason the filmmakers’ missions are backfiring on them, says Edwin Lyngar at Salon:

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CJ Werleman Responds to Accusations of Plagiarism

Atheist CJ Werleman (below), whose work often appears on Salon and Alternet, has been a strong critic of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the other “New Atheists,” comparing them to medieval Christian crusaders, accusing them of Islamophobia, or just claiming they don’t get it.

That may be why the subjects of his criticism were positively giddy last night when a blog called Godless Spellchecker pointed out several instances of Werleman’s apparent plagiarism.

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A Reworking of Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil”

This is a guest post written by Race Hochdorf.

[Note: Among the many things conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey was known for was his essay “If I were the Devil,” versions of which you can see here. This piece is a rebuttal to Harvey’s essay.]

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