My Talk at Valparaiso is Sponsored by a Closeted Atheist Physician

Next Wednesday night, I’ll be giving a talk at Valparaiso University, and Jerry Davitch of the Post-Tribune did a nice write-up in anticipation of that event. The most interesting part, to me, is the bit about the person sponsoring the talk:

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Rep. Jared Polis New Bill Would Block Rep. Steve King From Introducing More Bills

Sure, it’s just a statement more than anything, but I could get behind this new bill proposed by Rep. Jared Polis (below). It would block Rep. Steve King, one of the most anti-gay-rights members of Congress, from introducing any more awful legislation and is appropriately called the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.”

It comes in response to King’s recent proposal to strip federal courts from hearing cases related to marriage. Because, you know, the happiness of gay people ruins the lives of straight people.

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Atheists Are Raising Money to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

Last night, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and every report offers even more tragedy. What we do know is that more than 1,000 people are dead and many more are injured and homeless.

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team is now raising funds to help the victims and their families.

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Following “Traditional Healing” Death, Judge Says Well-Being of Child Must Be Considered in Health Care Decisions

By now, you’re familiar with Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease was treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and had a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla no longer wanted to continue the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

Makayla was allowed to quit the chemo only to see her conditions worsen.

Then it got worse.

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The Dark Side of Christian Mission Trips

When Jonathan Hollingsworth was in college, he seized an opportunity to spend a year in Cameroon as part of a mission trip. But he realized quickly after arriving that his idealism didn’t match up with the sponsoring organization’s goals.

He and his mother Amy, whom he frequently confided in during his time in Africa, now tell their story in Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Jonathan begins to realize the extent of the problem. He’s excited to work with “Dr. F,” a missionary with a very similar background to him… until something gets in the way.

Amy tells the story from her perspective:

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