This Video Featuring the Children of Saudi Blogger Punished for “Insulting Islam” Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished last year 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, and he now faces 10 Years in jail along with 1,000 lashes.

In a video created by Amnesty International Canada, his children narrate a letter they’ve written to their father… and… um… I’d tell you more but there’s something liquid-y streaming down my face.

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An Atheist Chats with a Young Muslim Woman About Religion… Then Deconstructs the Entire Conversation

Once again, Anthony Magnabosco has made a video in which he speaks to a stranger about his or her religious beliefs for just five minutes — and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.

This time, he spoke with a young Muslim woman:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 29: Jeff Lewis, Illinois Christian Home Educators

Our latest podcast guest is Jeff Lewis, a board member of the Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE), a group that promotes faith-based home-schooling and provides a variety of resources to Christian parents who want to do just that.

Why chat with him? Because we wanted to have a conversation with someone whose beliefs directly conflict with our own. Jeff, knowing where we stood on topics like Creationism, was still kind enough to say yes to our invitation.

By day, he’s an attorney who specializes in topics including estate planning and guardianship issues. He and his wife have five children, all of whom have been home-schooled.

We asked him on the show to give us insight into a world we know little about, not necessarily to debate him on various aspects of home-schooling. So you’ve been warned. There were parts of the conversation that will likely infuriate you and parts that turned a bit combative. There were also things Jeff said that we strongly disagreed with (and vice versa), but we made a conscious decision not to turn everything into a debate. You may disagree with that decision, but there you go. I still feel there’s value in listening and learning what his motivations and concerns are, instead of just having a debate about his beliefs.

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New Air Force Standards Soften Prohibitions on Proselytizing

Late last week, the U.S. Air Force updated its Standards. Usually, updates make things better, but the changes regarding religious exercise, while superficially sound, leaves much to be desired.

Here’s what the 2012 version of Standard 2.11 said:

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Sen. Chuck Grassley Spreads George Washington Quotation About “God and the Bible”… Even Though He Never Said It

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted this earlier today (and posted it on Facebook, too):

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