A Review of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: How Myths Make Matters Worse

There is no reasonable argument for human slavery. In the antebellum South, the institution was propped up by biblical justifications and pseudoscientific just-so stories. Both of these myths underpinning slavery appear as footnotes in Django Unchained — a whip-wielding slave-driver wears Bible pages pinned to his garments, while a plantation owner with a flair for the dramatic delivers a lesson in phrenology to his houseguests as they negotiate a slave sale.

But it’s a different myth at the heart of Django’s story, one that functions in a similar way: to demonstrate the dire consequences when mythic thinking overtakes logic and reason. [Read more...]

The Atheist Church in London Draws a Larger Crowd at Its Second Service

It turns out that the “atheist church” started by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans is only getting more popular. The initial gathering a month ago had about 200 attendees. Yesterday’s gathering drew in about 300!

Esther Addley was there and was drawn in by what she saw: [Read more...]

A Proposed Religious Freedom Bill Would Exempt Religious Students from Work Conflicting with Their Beliefs

The Virginia Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections recently voted 8-6 to endorse Senate Joint Resolution No. 287 (SJ 287) — which would amend the state’s constitution to allow for prayer at graduation and let students get out of doing an assignment if it violates their faith: [Read more...]

Christian Bigot: If the Boy Scouts Allow Gay Leaders, Kids Will Get Molested

Greg Quinlan, president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), doesn’t like the proposal currently under consideration by the Boy Scouts of America that individual troops could decide whether or not to allow gay leaders and members. [Read more...]

The Atheist Super Bowl Ad You Didn’t See

Oh man, I must have missed this atheist commercial last night! Or maybe, like the Scientology spot, it was just seen in certain markets[Read more...]