Christian Author Tony Anthony Gets Caught Lying About His Life Story

Tony Anthony is the author of the bestselling, decade-old, freakishly-long-titled book Taming the Tiger from the Depths of Hell to the Heights of Glory: The Remarkable True Story of a Kung Fu World Champion. It a story about how Tony became a killer, went to prison, found Jesus, and soon became a free man in more ways than one:

Anthony was a popular speaker on the Christian circuit, where his compelling story resonated with audiences:

“In the line of duty as a bodyguard, I killed people,” Anthony would tell church audiences. “I have broken more arms and legs than I care to remember.” Later he recounted how he found God while in prison in Nicosia after being convicted of theft.

The book was a phenomenon. It was translated into 25 languages and won the Christian Booksellers’ Convention Award in 2005.

You can guess where this story is going

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This is What Happened When He Hid the Truth from His Church

There’s a really disturbing story at Christian Nightmares Too — a true story from his own life, says the creator of the site — that shows the damage that can happen when you’re brainwashed by religious fundamentalists:

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Last Call for Atheist Alliance of America National Convention Tickets

I wanted to post one last call for the annual conference for Atheist Alliance of America! It takes place on Labor Day Weekend in Boston and you can get your tickets now. Kids are welcome, there’s a strong group of speakers, and the student discounts are terrific:

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The Importance of Fact-Checking and Following-Up

At the Secular Student Alliance conference earlier this month, I spoke about the need for atheists to fact-check the statements and statistics we love to cite (like the atheists-in-prison data) and follow-up with the stories we care about.

Video of that talk is now online:

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Where Are You on the A/gnostic A/theist Grid?

Pablo Stanley created this helpful visual to explain the differences between a/gnostic a/theists:

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