The Carl Sagan Archive Can Now Be Seen on Library of Congress Website

“Family Guy” haters, get ready for some internal conflict.

The Library of Congress just acquired the “Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive” and it’s a treasure trove of Sagan artifacts that his fans will love digging through. Hell, there are (silent) home movies of Sagan as a kid!



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The Time to Be Happy is Now: A Film About Atheists in the Gambia

Last time we heard from filmmaker Zenon Kalafaticz, he had created an English-language documentary about how atheism fares in Poland.

His latest work focuses on atheism in The Gambia, an African nation that’s 90% Muslim. Specifically, he shows the work of the Gambia Secular Assembly.

I haven’t had time to watch the whole thing yet, but this appears to be a fascinating look at atheists in an area of the world we rarely pay enough attention to:



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The Awful Lessons Learned Through Cartoons in the Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum

Jonny Scaramanga has done a wonderful job exposing the fundamentalist-homeschooler-approved “Accelerated Christian Education” curriculum, usually by quoting from it verbatim).

Now, he shows us the lessons learned from ACE by way of the cartoons in the textbooks. Like the fact that the schools depicted in them always seem to be segregated…



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Actually, Those Are Five Pretty Good Reasons To Leave Your Church

Aaron Loy (below), writing for the Chrsitian site RELEVANT, offers “five really bad reasons to leave your church”.

As it turns out, he’s right. They’re really bad reasons:

1. “I’m not being [spiritually] fed”

“As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life. Eventually you need to learn how to feed yourself so that, in time, you can actually feed others.”

2. “It’s getting too big”

“If you have a problem with big churches… you definitely won’t like heaven.”

3. “I don’t agree with everything that is being preached”

“The truth is when you choose to stay despite disagreeing on some things, you, your pastor and your church are better for it.”

4. “My Needs Aren’t Being Met”

“The Church doesn’t exist to meet your needs. You are a part of the Church that exists to meet the needs of the world.”

5. Unresolved Conflict

“When we leave at first sign of real conflict, it shortchanges God’s best work in our midst. It sidesteps the process of repentance, forgiveness and grace.”

Here’s the problem: All of these things boil down to one idea: If you want to leave the church, there’s something wrong with you. The church and the pastor can do no wrong. It’s worth getting more specific, though, and for those of us who don’t go to church, feel free to replace that word with “college” because the arguments are almost identical.

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Who Knew You Could Have Too Much Religion at Texas High School Football Games?

The Lubbock Independent School District in Texas is home to Lowrey Field, where the four high schools in the area play their home football games. The 8,500-seat stadium also houses a digital billboard where companies like Whataburger, Fuddruckers, and United Supermarkets pay for ads to run during the big games.

So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org wanted to place an ad there, too:

(The website has nothing to do with tattoos, by the way. It’s just one guy’s failed idea of a “hip” way to convert teens to Christianity.)

Believe it or not — and to their credit — the district said no. It was religious, they said, and they didn’t want to violate the Constitution.

So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org has filed a lawsuit claiming his rights are being violated.

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