I’m So Mad About This Thing I Can’t Read!

Jesus and Mo really hate Charlie Hebdo.

Or at least they think they do.

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See? Republicans Aren’t Anti-Science!

So that’s how the GOP plans to spin its reputation…

(via Chris Weyant at the New Yorker)

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Cochran (Georgia) City Council Will Remove Christian Flag Above City Hall

A few weeks ago I wrote about how the city council members in Cochran, Georgia were going to fly a Christian flag in front of City Hall and the local courthouse against the advice of their attorney.

Even worse, the City Hall flag was going up to promote a “Bible-reading marathon sponsored by the International Bible Reading Association.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was quick to send letters to both the council members and county attorney warning them of the legal consequences if they kept this up:

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Christian Sex-Ed Book Makes Its Way Into Australian Public Schools

Australian public schools offer “special religious instruction” (SRI) which is something of a joke when you realize how badly that privilege is abused. In theory, it’s great because kids can learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in many schools, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education veers into heavy indoctrination. Volunteers — and they’re always Christian, it seems — often use the time with students to make converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

The latest example of this is the publication Teen Sex By the Book, a sex-ed textbook from a Christian perspective. Many schools are using the materials to educate students, and the messages in the book are absurd.

Deanne Carson, a “leading Australian Sex Education expert,” analyzed the book for Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) and what she found was mind-blowingly awful.

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A Humanist Responds to Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian

Last year, Matthew Vines published a book that was controversial for a number of reasons, but let’s just start with the title: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

Vines basically offers his own understanding of why the so-called “clobber verses” don’t really condemn homosexuality as many Christians believe. As you can imagine, a lot of progressive Christians praised Vines’ approach. For an evangelical Christian, this was a radical move.

Many conservative Christians, of course, had rebuttals to the book, usually saying that Vines misunderstood the Bible verses and the Bible did indeed condemn homosexuality.

But Humanist James Croft offers a very different kind of response to Vines’ book.

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