A Documentary About the Psychology of Religious Belief

Filmmaker Ben Fama, Jr. just began a Kickstarter to fund his documentary about the psychology of religious belief:

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Why is Rick Santorum Still in the Presidential Race?

Rick Santorum, the anti-gay Catholic who, like so many other Republican candidates, invoked God at his Presidential campaign announcement, is still in the race despite literally polling at 0.0%.

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The Onion has the scoop on why he hasn’t dropped out of the race yet.

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Russian Pastafarian Told He’ll Lose His License if Cops Catch Him Without a Strainer on His Head

If government officials want to stop Pastafarians from wearing colanders in their driver’s license pictures, the Moscow State Traffic Inspectorate is creating a model for others to follow.

The group’s deputy head, Vladimir Kuzin, told newly-licensed Pastafarian Andrei Filin (seen below with a yellow knitted strainer on his head) that if he ever gets pulled over by a cop, and he’s not wearing that strainer, his license will be revoked.

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But there is a genuine problem with that sort of thinking.

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15-Year-Old Pakistani Boy Chops Off Own Hand to Prove He Really Loves God

How warped is the religious mindset in Pakistan?

A 15-year-old boy allegedly chopped off his own hand to show how devout he is after people wrongly suspected him of committing blasphemy.

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In Defense of Charlie Hebdo‘s Alan Kurdi Cartoon

After last year’s Charlie Hebdo massacre, there were far too many people (including some liberals) refusing to join in the “Je suis Charlie” chorus because they said the magazine published too many racist, sexist cartoons. In a way, the critics were suggesting that the cartoonists had, at least to some extent, brought the attacks upon themselves.

We’re seeing a bit of that this week with a cartoon drawn by the magazine’s Laurent Sourisseau (“Riss”). It features Alan Kurdi, the refugee child who was famously found dead, face-down in water last year as his family tried to escape Syria.

The caption for the cartoon basically asks what Kurdi would have become if he had grown up. The answer? One of the people who allegedly sexually assaulted women in Cologne, Germany:

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Yep, that bottom line literally translates to “butt fondler.”

Offensive, right? A lot of people think so. And at first glance, I was put off, too.

But here’s what those critics don’t understand:

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