The Deleted Blog Posts of Raif Badawi, Who Faces Death for “Insulting Islam,” Will Be Published in a New Book

We still don’t know the fate of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. He received 50 lashes of a 1,000-lashes punishment for “insulting Islam,” though the flogging has been indefinitely delayed. He currently faces a re-trial that could result in a death sentence if Badawi is found guilty.

Now, a collection of the blog posts that got Badawi in trouble is set to hit German bookstores.

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Atheists Who Attended a School’s “Good News Club” Meeting Respond to a Volunteer’s Concerns About Their Reporting

Yesterday, I posted about how some atheists who had started a “Young Skeptics” group had gone to a meeting of a local elementary school’s Good News Club — a Christian group — to find out what exactly was being taught to children.

Referring to the doctrine of eternal torture if you don’t accept Christ in your life, the atheists were concerned that the GNC’s teachings were “intimidating to children, which was a violation of the district’s facilities use policy.” They were also concerned when one of the GNC group’s leaders told them they were not using the (parent organization) Child Evangelism Fellowship’s approved curriculum, which turned out to be inaccurate.

One of the comments underneath that post was made by “Holly,” who wrote:

As a volunteer for the GNC group at this school, I can tell you that this is greatly exaggerated. For instance, [atheists] Dan Courtney or Kevin Davis didn’t mention that the leader of the Young Skeptics Club was told to remain a certain distance from one of the volunteers, because he had gotten overly aggressive. Why were the police called? Because strangers were taking pictures of our kids. If it were any other community club, the men coming in and taking pictures would be met with ire. Imagine if it was your daughter’s ballet class and a group of men came in and just started taking pictures? You might call the police, too.

As for the “lying,” that, too is really exaggerated. The person who was asked if the GNC club used CES curriculum likely didn’t know what CES was, and probably said, “We use our own curriculum” meaning, the Good News Club’s curriculum. There was absolutely no intention to deceive. Actually, it’s quite obvious the GNC uses the CES curriculum — anyone who went to CES’s website and then observed our club would be able to tell. Now, perhaps the GNC leaders should be better apprised of where the teaching sources come from, but since only one or two people are in charge of teaching, not all the volunteers are aware of the connection between CES and GNC.

This video and Kevin Davis’s version of the events that occurred are so over-the-top, my liberal, ACLU atheist friend was appalled. Please read my blog for the other side of the story. Dissenting comments are fine, but hateful comments won’t be published. The link is [here].

I understand the hate for religion runs deep among some atheists, but what’s been written here is simply false.

Hemant, I’m actually a longtime reader of your blog, and will continue reading, but I hope when you receive a one-sided story, you won’t present it as “gospel truth.” No pun intended.

Those are some serious charges, so I asked Kevin Davis for a response.

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You Mean the Ontological Argument Has Flaws?

(via XKCD)

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Here You Go, Indiana: Even More People You Can Now Discriminate Against Thanks to the Bible

Following Indiana Governor Mike Pence‘s disastrous interview on ABC’s This Week — as one online commenter noted, “The correct answer to a Yes or No question is not ‘George'” — and Apple CEO Tim Cook‘s powerful op-ed, it might be helpful to remind ourselves what’s really at stake with discriminatory “religious freedom” laws.

Thankfully, there’s a website that shows us exactly what the Bible doesn’t allow:

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Nicholas Kristof is Wrong: Evangelical Christians Have Done Plenty to Earn the Mockery Aimed in Their Direction

In the New York Times yesterday, Nicholas Kristof lamented the open mockery often aimed at evangelical Christians by performing an incredible bait-and-switch. He spent the bulk of his column profiling one example of an evangelical, Dr. Stephen Foster (below), who is doing incredible, selfless work in Angola:

Foster, the son and grandson of missionaries, has survived tangles with a 6-foot cobra and angry soldiers. He has had to make do with rudimentary supplies: Once, he said, he turned the tube for a vehicle’s windshield-washing fluid into a catheter to drain a patient’s engorged bladder.

Armed soldiers once tried to kidnap 25 of his male nurses, and when Foster ordered the gunmen off the property, he said, they fired Ak-47 rounds near his feet. He held firm, and they eventually retreated without the nurses.

Oh, by the way, this is where Dr. Foster raised his family.

No doubt Foster deserves our respect for that. More importantly, though, I can’t think of anyone who would ever disrespect someone who puts his life in harm’s way to help other people like that. How amazing is this guy?!

But to use him as an example of why evangelicals shouldn’t be mocked is profoundly disingenuous.

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