Penn Jillette Really Loves Books About Atheism…

The New York Times asked Penn Jillette about his reading habits and he managed to squeeze in more atheist references than I thought humanly possible in the paper of record:

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Christian Pastor: ‘The Book of Mormon’s Written by Satan’

One more from Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona:

At 43:38:

Now who here agrees that the Book of Mormon’s written by Satan? [Looks around.] Alright, pretty much the whole room.

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When the Golden Rule Goes Wrong

In Dutch philosopher Floris Van Den Berg‘s new book Philosophy for a Better World (Prometheus Books, 2013), he “charges individuals to reimagine society from the position of one at the political and ethical control board.” In other words, it’s full of a lot of interesting thought experiments that involve you putting yourself in the shoes of others (including animals in a fascinating section on vegetarianism/veganism).

In the excerpt below, reprinted with permission of the publishers, Van Den Berg discusses “A New Golden Rule.” (Keep reading afterwards for your chance to win a copy of the book!)

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Foreskin for the Win

Laci Green explains why guys shouldn’t fear the foreskin — and why parents shouldn’t cut off their child’s foreskin before he’s old enough to give consent:

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Pseudo-Historian David Barton: ‘Atheists Get Angry Because They Do Know That God Exists’

Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla reports on a conversation Ray Comfort had on pseudo-historian David Barton‘s radio show … in which Barton claims “atheists get angry because they do know that God exists” and wonders why atheists get upset when evolution is challenged since he never gets upset when people claim Bigfoot is real:

You challenge what they believe about evolution and they get angry. And you ask them questions they can’t answer about their own belief, they get angry. And I was thinking too, you know, they do that in so many areas, including faith areas.

Why is it that atheists get mad? If they don’t believe in God, then why do they care if we do. And yet they go out there, working so hard and they’re so angry to shut down every expression. There’s groups that I don’t agree with and I don’t believe with, but I’m not angry at them and I’m not looking to shut down their existence.

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