Focus on the Family Has a Bizarre Vision of What Not-Explicitly-Christian Invocations Look Like

Yesterday, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink posted a video about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing government prayer. They want to show that while the vote went their way, it was only a 5-4 decision… and they describe the horrors of what would’ve happened if it went 5-4 in the other direction with mock invocation and all:



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Saudi Blogger Punished for “Insulting Islam” is Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail and 1000 Lashes

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned last year… but that respite was brief. Yesterday, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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Highlights from Sam Harris’ Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islamophobia, Western Hypocrisy, and the Best Prank Ever

Following a controversy where Ayaan Hirsi Ali was offered an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University only to have it quickly rescinded, Sam Harris posted a nearly-9,000-word interview with Hirsi Ali on his website today.

It’s a fascinating conversation and gets right to the heart of the criticisms that have been leveled against Hirsi Ali over the years.

Some of the highlights are below, but I strongly encourage you to set aside some time and read the whole thing.

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Eric Hovind Offers Fake Apology After Using Flood Site for Pro-Creationism Video

Last week, I posted about how Creationist Eric Hovind suggested that erosion caused by an awful flooding in Pensacola, Florida was evidence that the Grand Canyon, too, could’ve been caused by the biblical Flood.

Yesterday, Hovind issued an “apology”… which is to say he doubled-down on his irrational thinking.

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Christian Football Coaches Could Learn a Lesson from Doc Rivers

We’re so used to hearing stories of Christian football coaches at public schools who think they can and should lead their teams in prayer. They don’t give a damn about non-Christian players on their team, always falling back on the line, “No one ever complains,” never realizing that most students don’t want to cause conflict or paint a target on their own backs.

Those coaches could stand to learn a lesson from LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

There used to be a pre-game prayer when he first coached for the Orlando Magic in 1999, but that changed when Rivers saw someone on the outs:

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