The (Abstinence) Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates

Earlier this year, I posted a live clip of the hilarious duo Garfunkel and Oates singing about a loophole to abstinence that Jesus would undoubtedly approve of…

Well, the official video is out today (needless to say, the lyrics and video are NSFW):

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Joe Klein Offers a Pathetic Rebuttal in Response to Criticism of His Attack on Atheists in TIME Cover Story

A couple of days ago, I posted about the cover story in this week’s TIME magazine, written by Joe Klein:

… there was an occupying army of relief workers, led by local first responders, exhausted but still humping it a week after the storm, church groups from all over the country — funny how you don’t see organized groups of secular humanists giving out hot meals — and there in the middle of it all, with a purposeful military swagger, were the volunteers from Team Rubicon.

I argued that that statement was not just a lie; it perpetuated a nasty stereotype often leveled against atheists: that we’re immoral people, incapable of doing good things for other people.

After I posted about the article, a *lot* of you wrote letters to TIME magazine and sent tweets to the magazine and Klein. No word yet on whether TIME will issue an apology or retraction, but today, Klein issued a statement of his own.

In short, he tries to get off on a technicality… and still gets it wrong:

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Noah’s Arks Around the World

Christianity Today has a nice graphic about the various Noah’s Ark exhibits around the world — at least the attempted exhibits — and whether they’re funded or not. Here’s just a part of it (PDF):

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Does It Make Sense for Atheists to Pray?

I’ve known for a while that the percentage of people who pray doesn’t necessarily make sense given the percentage of people who are non-religious, but I always reconciled that discrepancy by reminding myself that a lot of non-religious people still believe in a higher power.

Now, the Washington Post‘s Michelle Boorstein profiles an atheist who prays to a fictional deity:

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New Jersey is Set to Award $11,000,000 in Taxpayer Money to Two Religious Schools, but This Lawsuit May Stop Them

Last November, the voters of New Jersey agreed to spend $750,000,000 (PDF) on construction projects at the state’s institutions of higher learning. Combined with other technology and infrastructure funds, that number later jumped to $1,300,000,000.

What we didn’t know was which schools would get how much money.

Last month, Governor Chris Christie’s administration proposed a list of 176 projects at 46 different universities.

The problem was that two of the universities, slated to receive $11,000,000 in taxpayer-approved money in total, were religious:

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