At Least They Didn’t Edit This Out of the Book

Last year, I got an email from Christian apologist and professor Sean McDowell. He was writing a new book to help Christians respond to modern-day issues (as opposed to the usual arguments about God’s existence and the Bible’s accuracy), and he wanted to include the perspective of skeptics to remind readers of what the “opposition” believes in our own words.

I have no problem being part of that conversation (assuming my words aren’t taken out of context or used in some unintended way).

McDowell’s book, A New Kind of Apologist, comes out soon. As you’d expect with any book written by a Christian, there’s plenty to disagree with in it. But my interview was reprinted fairly and without edits.

Which means this response is now in a book:

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Ted Cruz: A Liberal Supreme Court Would Mean “Sandblasting” Religious Symbols Off Veterans’ Graves

It’s no surprise that Ted Cruz wants an ultra-conservative justice to replaced Antonin Scalia. What is surprising is how much he’s willing to lie about the consequences if that doesn’t happen. (Then again, maybe that’s not surprising at all.)

On Meet the Press yesterday, Cruz told host Chuck Todd that a liberal justice would mean the end of religious liberty — adding that religious symbols would be “sandblasted off of the tombstones of our fallen veterans”:

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Christian Leader: If Marriage Equality is Legalized in Australia, People Will Assume I’m Gay

Here’s a question every anti-gay bigot should be able to answer: Since you oppose marriage equality, how will legalizing it affect your life?

In the case of Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton, the answer is that people will assume he’s gay. Which is apparently an awful thing that can never, ever be corrected.

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The Religious Affiliations of Justice Scalia’s Possible Replacements on the Supreme Court

Before this weekend, the religious makeup of the Supreme Court was six Roman Catholics (Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor) and three Jews (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan).

While there are much more important strategic considerations regarding Scalia’s replacement, the religion factor has been ignored by practically everyone. When we talk about diversity on the Court, we usually talk about gender, ethnicity, or color (and to a lesser extent background and schooling).

So let’s talk about their faith.

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Among those whose names have been brought up a possible nominees, here’s what we known about their religious affiliations:

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No One Should Be Upset with the Church of England for Praying for Richard Dawkins

Following news of Richard Dawkins‘ stroke, the Church of England did what the Church of England does: They tweeted out a prayer for him:

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The proper response to this tweet would be: That’s sweet. The prayers will have no effect whatsoever on Dawkins’ health, but it’s nice that the Church is thinking about him.

Instead, some people on Twitter charged that the Church was “trolling” Dawkins, trying to stick it to him in his time of agony.

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