Here’s How My 5-Year-Old Daughter Discovered the Truth About Santa

It was supposed to be easy.

And during our first venture as parents, it was easy.

Soon after tossing our Jehovah’s Witness mindset into the trash, my wife Jennifer and I were faced with all manners of decisions about parenting. Of course, those decisions were present before, but we didn’t have to think about them because the Watchtower Society made all the decisions for us.

But in 2006, as newly minted non-religious people with a one-year-old child, we had to make some decisions without any help (read: coercion) from the Watchtower Society.

Among the biggies: How are we gonna handle Santa Claus?

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Bryan Fischer Accuses Gov. Nikki Haley of Embracing “the Entire Homosexual Agenda” After Speech

After South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave the Republican rebuttal to President Obama‘s State of the Union address this week, much of the media attention was on her indirect criticism of Donald Trump‘s hateful rhetoric. Most establishment Republicans loved that she called him out on it.

That’s not what Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer found objectionable about her speech.

Instead, he couldn’t stand a different line. It came when Haley was talking about what Republicans would do if they held the White House:

We would respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy.

If you’re like me, you rolled your eyes at that line, because Republicans don’t respect a damn thing about gay couples. In the battle of civil rights versus bigotry, they opt for bigotry every time.

But Fischer was furious that Haley even bothered to give gay families lip service:

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Nashville Bank Robber Accidentally Drops His Bible During the Getaway

Jesus must be whispering some strange messages into the minds of his followers.

When a man in Nashville robbed a Bank of America branch last week, cameras caught him armed with only a Bible.

I guess his ransom note said something like, “If you don’t give me money, I’m going to read this out loud.”

Police are still trying to identify him.

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Do 97% of Scientists Really Agree on Climate Change? Nope. It’s More Like 99.9%, Says Expert

A couple of years ago, President Obama(‘s staff) tweeted this line about the consensus on climate change:

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97% of scientists agree that climate change is “real, man-made and dangerous.” Strong, powerful words from the President. And right-wingers went nuts, trying to discredit it.

Turns out that number was indeed wrong… but in the other direction. It was actually an underestimate.

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Upgrading the Meme About the Pastor Who Quit Attending Sports Events

There’s an old meme floating around in which a pastor explains why he quit attending sports events… a veiled reference to the excuses he hears from people who no longer want to attend church:

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Seth Andrews doesn’t like that list at all, especially the last item on it, as if allowing children to think for themselves is a bad idea. So he made his own version of the entire meme:

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