A Famous Pastor’s Son Becomes an Atheist and Explains the Power of Community

Bart Campolo grew up the son of a famous Christian pastor but, like Rachael Slick and many others, he turned out to be an atheist. In fact, he’s now the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California, a position that took some people by surprise.

When he told his father he didn’t believe in God anymore, the reaction also came as a bit of a shock:

Following the family dinner, Bart sat his parents down and explained that he was now an agnostic humanist. His father’s response was surprising.

“You know me. I am not afraid you’re going to hell because the God I believe in doesn’t send people to hell for eternity for having the wrong theology,” Tony responded, according to Bart. “I’m sad because Christianity is my tribe, and I liked having you in my tribe.”

At the Secular Student Alliance 2014 conference in Columbus, Ohio, Campolo shared his story and explained the power of building community:



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Where’s Jesus? Check Aisle 5

If you were to visit the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) store in Paxton, Illinois, you might notice something interesting in Aisle 5:



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Jehovah’s Witnesses Just Launched Their Own Online TV Station and It’s Creepy as Hell

Over the weekend, the Jehovah’s Witnesses held the Watch Tower Society Annual General Meeting during which they announced the launch of their own online television network. I’ll admit it looks a lot more professional than, say, American Atheists’ Roku channel, but it’s a hell of a lot creepier.

Just check out this (unembeddable) monthly news show featuring Governing Body member Stephen Lett (whose voice is just ripe for parody):



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Even Christianity Today Thinks the New Left Behind Film is Awful

You already knew the Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage was going to be bad when you heard that Nicolas Cage was starring in a Left Behind remake:

But when publications like Christianity Today give the movie a half-star rating — and even that’s because they “tried to give the film zero stars, but our tech system won’t allow it” — it’s clear that this movie is bad even by Christian movie standards.

CT’s reviewer Jackson Cuidon pointed out that one of the biggest problems with the film was that it was marketed to a Christian audience, but faith didn’t even have an important role in the film:

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More Proof That U.S. Military Officials Are Illegally Preaching Christianity

Once again, we have evidence that U.S. military leaders are proselytizing to the soldiers who work under them.

Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers points out two specific problems:



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