Is This ‘Religious Child Abuse’ Image Just a Strawman?

Reader Benn recently posted this image on Facebook: He received a response from a Christian friend saying the image was too extreme — no religious person would ever say that, he said. So let’s help Benn out: Is this just a strawman argument or is it a real threat? Do religious parents ever say these [Read More...]

Speaking at Drake University in Iowa

I’m giving a talk about my book I Sold My Soul on eBay at Drake University (in Iowa) this Saturday afternoon, September 22nd, at 2:00p in Harvey Ingham 104. The event is free and will be full of awesome! More information is here! Many thanks to the Drake University Secular Student Alliance for making this [Read More...]

Howard Bloom Explains ‘The God Problem’

This is an excerpt from The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom (Prometheus Books, 2012). Reprinted by permission of the publisher. … THE PROBLEM WITH GOD: THE TALE OF A TWISTED CONFESSION Imagine this. You are a twelve-year-old in a godforsaken steel town that once helped suture the Great Lakes to [Read More...]

God and the Political Conventions

I love the beginning of Hendrik Hertzberg‘s essay on the role of God at the DNC in this week’s New Yorker: If you happen to be a Republican campaign operative and/or a Fox News Channel chat host, that unexpectedly joyful Convention in Charlotte the other week made for glum viewing. One of the few points [Read More...]

Illinois Family Institute Lashes Out Against Jessica Ahlquist for Speaking About Her Case in Local High Schools

Thing I knew: Jessica Ahlquist was coming down to the suburbs of Chicago this week to speak to some area high schools about the importance of the First Amendment and why she fought so hard for her case. Thing I did not know: She’s visiting a high school in my district (as well as a [Read More...]


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