Remember When Those QVC Hosts Debated Whether the Moon Was a Star or a Planet? Now, Watch This Animated Version

Remember that recent clip from QVC in which the hosts (Jane Treacy and Isaac Mizrahi) argued over whether the moon was a star or a planet? (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.)

Then see that same silly argument set to animation by Zeke Iddon. He took something absurd and made it even more hilarious:



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Highlights from the Ex-Muslims of North America’s Reddit AMA

Yesterday, several leaders of the Ex-Muslims of North America did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, answering all sorts of questions from the site’s members. Here were excerpts from the thread (with edits): Q: What can ex-Muslims like me who are living in Muslim countries do to make things better for other ex-Muslims without putting [Read More…]

God is the Ultimate Alpha Male

God is an alpha male.

You see the same traits in Him that you find in male-dominated cultures: He’s a protector, sexually powerful, violent, oppressive, a conqueror… you get the idea.

Dr. Hector A. Garcia, an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, just released a new book exploring these parallels — and what it says about “historic and ongoing violence committed in the name of religion” in his new book Alpha God (Prometheus Books, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Garcia explores some of the attributes we usually give to God:

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High School Student in Maine Remained Seated During the Pledge… and Got Sent to the Principal’s Office

Remember those three young ladies at South Portland High School in Maine who caused all sorts of chaos by reminding students during morning announcements that saying the Pledge of Allegiance was optional?

Apparently, they inspired a junior at Belfast Area High School (also in Maine) to remain seated during the Pledge… and he got sent to the principal’s office as a result.

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What Would a Secular God Look Like? An Atheist Searches for a Realistic Higher Power in This New Book

Is there any way atheists could believe in a god?

Not the one in the Bible, of course. Not one that answers prayers or created the universe. But what about one that gives us comfort and empowers us?

That’s the premise behind Nancy Abrams‘ new book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet (Beacon Press, 2015).

When Abrams, a philosopher of science and “lifelong atheist,” dealt with a personal struggle, she saw several others in her recovery group (one similar to Alcoholics Anonymous) improve because the steps they took involved giving themselves over to God, something that she couldn’t do as an atheist. She even asks: “… why should survival benefits go preferentially to those who don’t face reality?” That led her on a search for a secular version of that Higher Power.

In the excerpt below, Abrams talks about what that secular “Higher Power” could look like:

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