Debunking Some Myths About Atheists

Amanda Marcotte has an article up at AlterNet called “10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked” — none of it should be news to people who visit atheist blogs regularly… or know an atheist or two personally… or listen to anyone other than their pastors. Unfortunately, I suspect some people will actually learn [Read More...]

Taking Nominations for the Bad Faith Award

For the past several years, New Humanist magazine has been handing out the Bad Faith Award. The award goes to “the person who has made the year’s most outstanding contribution to talking unadulterated (and often destructive) nonsense about matters of religion.” Recent winners include Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed (2010), the Pope (2009), Sarah Palin (2008) [Read More...]

The Church of Serpents

Turns out there are only a handful of churches left in American that still handle snakes. (Besides the Catholic Church. ZING!) They’re all in West Virginia, and even there, it’s a bit sketchy. Kate Fowler and Mark Strandquist are putting together a documentary film called With Signs and Following in which they go into one [Read More...]

The Person Who Sent in the Falling Man Image to PostSecret Explains Why He Did It

The other day, I posted this image from PostSecret: Well, it’s no longer a secret who sent in that image. It was Michael Convente, a graduate student and someone who’s not religious at all. (He emailed me proof that he really was the sender). At the Daily Kos, Michael explains his rationale behind sending in [Read More...]

According to This Christian Group, a Woman’s Dominion Is…

Libby Anne, a former “daughter of Christian patriarchy,” has a lot of insight about her former life. Like how one Christian group is “training” children to be “dominion-oriented.” This is an example of what Vision Forum, a group for Christian “families,” thinks is an appropriate image for their DVD about Christian boys: Ok… boy fishing [Read More...]