When It Comes to Hate Crimes, Atheist Victims Are Rare

One of the most disheartening facts to come out of the shootings in Overland Park, Kansas, where a former KKK leader murdered three people at a Jewish community center, is that hate crimes against Jewish people are hardly uncommon.

In fact, notes Tobin Grant of Religion News Service, “Anti-Jewish hate crimes are the most common religious hate crime in the United States.”

Obviously, any number is too high, but those results (from a 2012 FBI report) are surprising to me for a couple of reasons: I never would have predicted Jews would be the victims of hate crimes at a higher rate than Muslims. And I didn’t realize atheists were so rarely victimized.

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In Skeptical Inquirer, Bill Nye Defends His Participation in Creationism Debate

Skeptical Inquirer has published an exclusive first-hand account by Bill Nye the Science Guy regarding why he decided to participate in a Creationism debate against Ken Ham, how he prepared for it, and how he thought it went:



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There’s No Reason to Think God’s a Mass Murderer… As Long As You Ignore All the Examples

Last month, Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer said that the only reason God was keeping comedian Bill Maher alive was so he would have a chance to repent. It stemmed from a Real Time segment in which Maher mocked Christians who believed in a literal Noah’s Ark:

In all this time, we have yet to hear God’s take on the matter… but that’s been taken care of, courtesy of Mr. Deity. Turns out God doesn’t like that Maher called Him a “psychotic mass murderer”:

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Book Alert: David Niose’s Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason

In 2012, David Niose published a wonderful book called Nonbeliever Nation about our society’s changing demographics away from organized religion.

I’m thrilled to announce that his next book will be published later this year. It’s called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason and you can pre-order it now:



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There Are No Errors in the Bible, Says Christian Pastor Who Clearly Hasn’t Read the Bible

We know there are contradictions in the Bible.

Lots of them.

Normally, Christian apologists attempt to explain them all away. The Bible is perfect, they say; it’s just a matter of interpretation and skeptics are taking the wrong approach.

Which is why Pastor Michael Lawrence‘s approach to contradictions is a unique one. The leader of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon says in the video below that the contradictions we think are in the Bible are just the result of faulty translations. The original manuscripts were errorless, you see, and if we just paid more attention to Jesus, we wouldn’t be so damn caught up in playing Spot the Contradiction.

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