When You Think of the Story of Jesus This Way, It Becomes Downright Weird

Carolyn Hyppolite used to be a conservative Catholic when she began hearing voices in her head — voices of reason — telling her that Church doctrine just didn’t make sense. She especially had a hard time reconciling the violence and misogyny in the Bible with her own moral compass. Eventually, those small voices began to get louder until she realized she had no choice but to leave the faith for good.

Hyppolite’s book documenting her journey is called Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born Again Atheist and a really interesting excerpt from that book is below:

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Why Do Evangelical Christians Constantly Act Like They’re Being Persecuted? Here’s One Theory

Whenever someone like Todd Starnes tells a story documenting Christian persecution, we laugh because we know he’s full of it. He cherry-picks details and leaves out the stuff that contradicts his narrative (i.e. the truth).

In fact, if you wanted to find a real story of Christians getting persecuted (in America, I should add), you’d have a hard time finding it.

Alan Noble, writing for The Atlantic, has a theory about why conservative Christians love persecution stories even though they’re in no real danger:

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Republican Whip Sends Bible to Every Member of Congress to Help Them with “Decision-Making”

Even though this is arguably the least productive Congress in U.S. history, maybe that’s for the best given how one legislator thinks they should guide themselves.

Assistant House Whip Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), a Tea Party member elected in 2010, sent a Bible to every member of Congress this week, and Talking Points Memo obtained a copy of the letter that came along with it:

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Want to Join the U.S. National Guard? First, Take This Bible…

If you want enlist in the National Guard at the U.S. General Services Administration in St. Louis, Missouri, be prepared for a dose of Jesus after you sign on.

According to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, government officials there are giving away camouflage-covered copies of the New Testament to recruits, including one who thankfully blew the whistle on the practice:

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Help Us Out and Tell Us What You Do!

We’ve posted this in the past. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do it again. Thanks!

Every now and then, the writers on this site will be working on a post about, say, the difference between the geology of the Grand Canyon versus city streets… and we realize it would be great if we could talk to atheists who actually study that subject! Maybe we want to quote you in the post. Or (more likely) we just need to ask you a question about geology in general.

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