Christian Pastor Criticizes Paris Terror Attack Victims for Attending “Death Metal” Concert

Christian Pastor Steven Anderson spent part of his sermon yesterday telling his congregation that, while he doesn’t condone the actions of the Paris attackers, the concertgoers at the Bataclan theater who were there to listen to the band Eagles of Death Metal sorta had it coming:



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How Megan Phelps-Roper Left the Westboro Baptist Church

If you knew her before 2013, Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of Westboro Baptist Church who would proudly picket at the funerals of soldiers, calling their deaths revenge for America’s acceptance of homosexuality. She was carrying on the hateful ideology of WBC founder Fred Phelps.

That’s why it was shocking to learn in February of 2013 that Megan had left the church for good. She wasn’t the only one, but there was a time when she may have been the least likely to escape.

While we’ve known the broader arcs of Megan’s story, Adrian Chen offers a much more detailed version of her biography in the latest New Yorker.

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Maajid Nawaz: “We Cannot Shoot Our Way Out of This Problem” of Muslim Extremism

Over the weekend, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria discussed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris with former extremist Maajid Nawaz, who shed light on the mindset of the radical Muslims who committed the.horrific acts:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 81: David Smalley, Host of Dogma Debate

Our latest podcast guest is David Smalley, host of the incredibly popular podcast Dogma Debate, which has tens of thousands of listeners weekly.

Smalley is a former Christian musician who became an atheist after studying psychology, sociology, world religions, and his own faith. He soon turned into a secular activist.

He was the editor-in-chief of Secular World and American Atheist magazines, the author of Baptized Atheist, and co-founder of AtheistAudiobooks.com. His Secular Media Group will also soon release a children’s book titled Tiny Thinkers: Charlie and the Tortoise.

We spoke with David about why it’s so important not to be an angry atheist (if you can help it), what it takes to be a successful podcaster, and why he’s so passionate about atheist activism.

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The Catholic Church Says the Virgin Mary Has Been Seen with a “High Degree of Certainty” in These Places

National Geographic has a cover story this month on the significance and legacy of the Virgin Mary — or at least the idea of her. There’s no denying a lot of people in this world believe she’s real and continue to see “visions” of her everywhere.

The article mentions a website called Miraclehunter.com, which chronicles all those “visions,” and there’s a graphic of all the places where she’s been sighted. As if she’s Bigfoot.

Take a look at the map, a portion of which is below. I don’t care about the light blue dots representing where people claim to have seen her. Check out all of the red dots, where the Vatican or local bishops have supposedly found evidence of the supernatural.



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