Pope Francis Didn’t Say Anything Radical About Homosexuality, So Stop Pretending He Did

I was out of town yesterday, so I missed out on most of the hoopla surrounding the Pope’s comments. But having had a chance to see the raw footage and how people are reacting, I wanted to put it in context, if for no other reason than to sort it out myself.

Early in the video, Pope Francis says (in Spanish):

If a gay person is a person of good will who seeks God, who am I to judge?

Those remarks, seemingly friendlier to the gay community than anything a Pope has said in the past, struck a nerve with a lot of people.

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What Would You Say to Your Former Religious Self?

Five years ago, YouTuber MrRepzion was a Christian who made videos defending his faith.

Today, he’s an atheist doing the exact opposite.

He just released a video in which he talks to his then-16-year-old self… and it’s awesome:

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Atheist Opens Up About Getting Sexually Assaulted at Conference

My friend Ashley Paramore made a video talking about a skeptics’ conference she went to at which she was sexually assaulted. It’s hard to listen to, and not just because I know her personally. Please hear her story and understand that she’s one of the few women brave enough to speak up when sort of thing happens — there are undoubtedly many more who aren’t (or can’t):

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For a Limited Time, My Book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide is Only $0.99

Last fall, I published a book called The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide. While the target audience was pretty much everybody, it told the stories of young atheists and how all of us (parents, teachers, students, administrators, friends) could help them overcome some of the struggles they deal with.

Normally, the book sells for $7.99 on Kindle, but for the next few days, we’re selling it for less than a dollar! After Wednesday, it’ll go up to $2.99 for a week, and then back to its normal price after that.

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Before You Sympathize with Reza Aslan, Remember What He Said About the ‘New Atheists’

By now, you’ve probably seen the cringe-worthy interview of religious scholar Reza Aslan by FOX News Channel host Lauren Green. If you haven’t seen it… you need to because of how bad it gets:

The entire interview revolves around the questions of whether a Muslim scholar can really write a historical book about Jesus… because surely he has some anti-Christian bias (implies Green).

Anyway, it’s hard not to feel sympathy toward Aslan for having to go through all that. (BuzzFeed also points out that Green once interviewed a Christian scholar who wrote about Islam and never once questioned his potential bias.)

Before atheists jump onto the Aslan bus, though, I just wanted to remind everyone of his 2010 article railing against the “Evangelical atheists”:

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