There’s No Reason to Thank God After the AirAsia Flight Disappearance

We see it after every tragedy and the missing AirAsia flight is no different. Those who avoided what appears to be a grim situation are looking for any explanation, rational or not, for their stroke of luck:

Another family said 10 of them were supposed to fly to Singapore for New Year’s Eve, but they all arrived late at the airport and missed the flight. “My mother can’t stop crying,” Anggi Mahesti said in a text message to ABC News. “This is a special Christmas gift from God that we missed the flight.

“We are so thankful to our God,” she added.

Chandra Susanto was also supposed to be on the plane. He posted prayers of gratitude on Facebook, saying he was supposed to fly with his wife and their three kids, but they canceled when his father fell ill.

“Thank you, Jesus,” Susanto posted. “Your plan is so beautiful. Our family avoided … awful danger.”

Of course, the same God who put them out of harm’s way apparently didn’t give a shit about the approximately 162 who were onboard the plane. Not that the survivors will ever admit that.

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Bill Nye’s Book Currently Tops the Creationism Bestsellers List on Amazon

Occasionally, you see books written by Christian apologists on Amazon’s atheism section. It’s not a glitch. The category isn’t for books promoting atheism; it’s for books about atheism.

But I’ll admit I get annoyed when I see a book by Dinesh D’Souza or Ravi Zacharias in the same place I expect to find biting criticism of religion.

That’s why it puts a smile on my face to see what’s at the top of the Creationism section’s list of bestsellers:



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Teens Will Totes Relate to a Bible Written Like This

Mallory Ortberg at The Toast replaced the words “Thou Shalt Not” in the Bible with “can u not”… and the whole book instantly became more relatable:



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The Facts About How Vaccines Work

Here’s an excellent cartoon guide to how vaccines work by Maki Naro:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 35: Max Temkin, Co-Creator of Cards Against Humanity

Our latest podcast guest is Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people.”

What began as a game Max played with his friends soon became a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011, and it has turned into one of the most popular and entertaining (and sometimes controversial) card games today.

We spoke with Max about how he and the writers determine when a card has crossed the line, what the process is like for coming up with new cards, his involvement with Barack Obama‘s U.S. Senate campaign, and the glitch that took place during the Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa.

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