Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated in mid-August, presumably because his battle against superstition and irrationality upset a few too many religious extremists.
More Than 100 Days After His Assassination, Police Are No Closer to Capturing Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s Killers
Creationist Ken Ham is really upset at atheists who are going to “extreme lengths” to… um… read the Bible.
It turns out we’re reading it too critically for his tastes:
A recent article from the Religion News Service reports, “Atheists use a popular Bible app to evangelize about unbelief.” The article contains interviews with a number of young atheists who have chosen to use YouVersion, one of the most popular apps around, as a way of trying to shake the faith of Christians.
Sadly, atheists like Lauren haven’t approached Scripture with the desire to have these problems resolved by believers who are equipped to answer such claims. No, instead they have come with a bias against God and His Word, and they desire to damage the faith that others have in God. These skeptics are intentionally searching for supposed problems in Scripture — so they can spread more disbelief.
Serious question: Isn’t that what everyone should be doing? If there are problems with Scripture, shouldn’t Christians be at the front of the line to point them out and try to rectify them?
Then he quotes me without mentioning my name:
Earlier this year, physicist Lawrence Krauss was scheduled to debate Islam lecturer Hamza Andreas Tzortzis on the question of whether atheism or Islam made more sense. Just as the debate was about to begin, though, Krauss decided he wanted no part of it. He saw that women were being forced to sit in the back while men (and couples) were given seats up front:
When Krauss saw people being moved from their seats, he said he would not speak at an event that was segregated and walked out to cheers and boos from the audience. An organiser pursued him and said segregation would be abandoned.
Dana Sondergaard who attended the event, wrote on her Facebook page: “After having been told the event would NOT be gender segregated, we arrived and were told that women were to sit in the back of the auditorium, while men and couples could file into the front.
“After watching three people be kicked out of the auditorium for not following this seating plan, Dr Krauss bravely defended his beliefs of gender equality and informed event staff that he would not participate unless they removed the segregated seating.
“Needless to say, the staff got their shit together pretty quickly and the event (thankfully) continued.”
In this particular case, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (a sponsor of the event) denied the enforced segregation but was banned from participating in future events at the college.
This Israeli Ad Agency Figured Out a Clever Way to Combat Vandalism Against Billboards Featuring ‘Immodest’ Women
Here’s an advertising tactics atheists might want to use with their own billboards.
In Bnei Brak, an Israeli city with a super-conservative religious population, a lot of men don’t like to see images of women dressed “immodestly.” That means their elbows and knees and hair must be covered at all times.
They put up this poster, knowing it would get vandalized by the ultra-orthodox men:
Considering that one of the common criticisms people have of churches in general is that they’re all about taking your money, you’d think pastors would at least try to be subtle in how they ask for it. You know, pass around collection plates while talking about something else. Or maybe leave boxes in the back of the church where people can discreetly drop money in as they leave.
Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico never got that memo.
They’re not just asking for money; they’re asking people who haven’t tithed in the past six months to start doing it again while offering a 90-day money-back guarantee if God doesn’t reward them as a result.
It’s called the 90-Day Tithe Challenge:
Here’s how this works.
You give the church 10% of your income. After 90 days, if God hasn’t rewarded you and shown His “faithfulness,” you are eligible to get a complete refund.
I guess no one at the church ever read Matthew 4:7:
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”