Congressman Who Said Evolution and the Big Bang Were ‘Lies Straight from the Pit of Hell’ to Run for Senate

Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) is making a big announcement today:

Georgia GOP Rep. Paul Broun is expected to announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Broun has an awful reputation with those of us in the reality-based community. [Read more...]

More Annoying Things Some Christians Do in Restaurants

At the Her.meneutics blog, Karen Swallow Prior talks about #Tip-ocalypse and the other annoying things many Christians do when eating out: [Read more...]

If You’re a Woman, Don’t Take This Priest’s Advice…

At Christian Nightmares Too — a Tumblr featuring stories of bad experiences with Christian culture — writer Christina Fitzpatrick shares a horrific story about a priest who told her what she should do if she were ever chased by a rapist: [Read more...]

Anti-Gay Alabama Teacher Barely Gets Punished for Offensive Remarks

Bob Grisham, the Psychology teacher and head football coach at Lauderdale County High School in Alabama who was caught on audiotape making anti-gay and racist remarks in class, has been suspended: [Read more...]

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...]


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