Christian Pastor: My Sons Will Be Taught to Be Independent; My Daughters Will Be Taught *Not* to Be Independent

I was going to skip this, but Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona was talking about how all sins are not equal and this was the screengrab:

How could I resist that?!

Most of it was uneventful, but toward the end, Anderson spoke about virginity and fornication… and we got this gem at the 45:43 mark:

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Researchers Aggregate 63 Studies and Find ‘Significant Negative Association Between Intelligence and Religiosity’

It’s the age-old question: Are atheists smarter than the religious?

Let’s get the major caveats out of the way: There are brilliant religious people. There are really dumb atheists. “Smarter” is a vague term. And IQ is only one of many ways to measure it.

Anyway, psychologists Miron Zuckerman and Jordan Silberman of the University of Rochester and Judith Hall of Northeastern University have published a paper in Personality and Social Psychology Review that aggregates the results from 63 studies on the issue done between 1928 and 2012.

What did they find?

Turns out the data supports the idea that religion and intelligence don’t always go hand-in-hand — and the researchers have some suggestions as to why that is:

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Judge Says That Baby ‘Messiah’ Will Have to Change His Name Because He’s Not Jesus Christ

Jaleesa Martin and her son’s father went to court on Thursday expecting the judge to settle their 7-month-old child Messiah DeShawn Martin‘s last name.

Instead, Judge Lu Ann Ballew changed the baby’s first name, too:

Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old’s name be “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” It includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah.

“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Ballew said.

Ballew went on to say this was best for the baby since the family lived in such a religious area.

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Tickets Available for 2013 Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference

The Freethought Society, Lancaster Freethought Society, PhillyCoR, and PA Nonbelievers are coming together to plan the 2013 PA State Atheist/Humanist conference this September:

They have a very impressive roster of speakers so if you can make it, get your tickets now! (There’s a great discount for students, too.) [Read more...]

They Can’t Possibly Be Very Filling

Taking the suggestion from James McGrath‘s site, the Creation Museum would be wise to sell these in its gift shop:

You know you’re a nerd when that joke is lost on you because you’re too busy thinking about how the situation itself is implausible. [Read more...]


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