You’re Not Going to Go There

Here’s the most depressing thing you’ll read all day: Someone depriving himself of happiness because of what religion convinced him to believe.

Even worse: There are people reading that and smiling because they believe religion has done its job.

(via PostSecret)

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A Song About How There Isn’t Any God… Now with YouTube Comments!

In 2012, singer-songwriter Rusty Cage released a video for his song “Gospel (There Isn’t Any God).” You can (and should) listen to it here. Nice voice. Catchy music. Interesting lyrics:

There isn’t any God and when you die you’re just dead
And heaven’s just a fairy tale to put you to bed
Sometimes I think about the chance that I’m wrong
But then I close my eyes and sing the words to this song

There isn’t any God and when you die you’re just dead
And heaven’s just a fairy tale to put you to bed
There aint nobody watching us cause nobody cares
and In the end we’re living all alone

Recently, he released a new version of that video — this time, including YouTube comments from the old version… I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

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Set Your Irony Meters to ‘Explode’: The Creation Museum’s New Ad Campaign Suggests ‘Noah’ Movie is Too Farfetched

Creationist Ken Ham, a man many Christians accuse of misinterpreting the Bible, recently panned the movie Noah for being too “unbiblical.”

Now, capitalizing on the movie’s popularity, Ham is launching a new ad campaign — including digital ads near both Times Square and Hollywood — that suggests people can find out about the “real” Noah by visiting the Creation Museum:

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After Twitter User Says Prayer Won’t Stop Future Gun Tragedies, Congressman Responds, ‘Get the Heck Out of America’

In response to the Fort Hood shooting this week, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Olson took to Twitter to express his thoughts about what to do:

Well… whatever happened, prayer sure as hell won’t fix anything. And one of Olson’s followers replied back with that precise sentiment:

We don’t need prayers. We need cowardly Congressmen to stand up to the gun industry’s @NRA & pass sensible gun laws. @OlsonPressShop

That would certainly be more effective.

You’d think the story ends there. But it didn’t.

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What Single Factor Is Most Responsible for People Leaving Religion?

There are a few factors that have a strong association with religious affiliation, like whether your parents were religious and how much formal education you have, but Professor Allen B. Downey of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts says there’s another factor that has more influence than either of those options: The Internet.

it is easy to imagine at least two ways Internet use could contribute to disaffiliation. For people living in homogenous communities, the Internet provides opportunities to find information about people of other religions (and none), and to interact with them personally. Also, for people with religious doubt, the Internet provides access to people in similar circumstances all over the world. Conversely, it is harder (but not impossible) to imagine plausible reasons why disaffiliation might cause increased Internet use.

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