Progressives Need to Stop Idolizing Pope Francis

Pope Francis made waves in 2013 when he said, while talking to reporters, “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” On the surface, this looked like a huge win for Progressives, since a major religious leader — if not the major religious leader — had just publicly said that he would not judge gay people.

Well, this wasn’t exactly the case.



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California Governor Signs Into Law Merciful Right-to-Die Legislation

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing mentally competent, terminally ill patients to end life on their own terms, using drugs prescribed by their doctors.

We should all be glad he signed it.

There are religious conservatives who think taking your own life is an affront to God and that you have to let nature run its course — even when you’re deathly sick, in constant pain, and have no hope for recovery. They think the God who inflicted that pain upon you should be allowed to torture you as long as He wants.

Could they be any more cruel?

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The Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument Has Finally Been Taken Down

Last night, the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol finally came down.

And the shadows were celebrating in a way God would never approve of…



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Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz’s Book About Islam is Available Today in the U.S.

Atheist Sam Harris and Muslim Maajid Nawaz have written a book discussing the Islamic faith in the form of a conversation between the two. That also includes Nawaz correcting misconceptions about the faith held by Harris, who wasn’t raised in it.

It’s called Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue:



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An Encyclopedia of Heresy in South Asia

We know fundamentalist religion is a particularly potent institution; it’s a subset of organized religion characterized by dogma, literal adherence to scripture, hostility to critical thinking, intolerance, indoctrination, and absolute faith.

Atheists (and even moderate theists) play a critical role in countering that type of thinking. Unchecked, not only can the power of fundamentalists grow excessive, but a lack of heterodoxy, generally, also stifles overall human progress.

South Asia is a particularly religious part of the world. Religious fundamentalists – chiefly Hindu and Muslim, but also others – wield significant power, as do allied charlatans of all sorts, from “godmen” to tantriks to peddlers in black magic.

For a heretic in the region, life has always been dangerous.

In recent years, however, promoting critical thinking has become a “crime” punishable by death. No fewer than 12 freethinkers have been murdered in South Asia by religious fundamentalists in this decade.

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