Here’s a Shawshankian Bible you might want to give that atheist friend of yours…
Anthony Magnabosco has made a whole bunch of videos in which he speaks to a stranger about his or her religious beliefs for just five minutes — and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards. (You can see his efforts here, here, here, and here.)
But this time, he made one where he explains when it’s best to just walk away.
As Richard Dawkins is quick to point out, the phrase “Christian child” or “Muslim child” makes no sense — especially when applied to babies — since they never sat down, worked through their beliefs, and chose a label for themselves. It’s like saying, “That newborn is a Republican.”
Ruben Bolling goes a step further and introduces us to the tragic story of an Oregon woman who gave birth to a Hindu baby. The horror!
Yesterday, Terry posted the tragic story of Leelah Alcorn (below), a transgender teen who killed herself, leaving behind a digital suicide note urging parents never to tell their kids that it’s “just a phase” or “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Leelah also pointed out that her conservative Christian parents sent her to a Christian therapist, which didn’t help matters.
In situations like this, we’ve come to expect conservative Christians jumping into the fray to offer their thoughts, usually reinforcing the problem that led to the tragedy in the first place.
Cue Michael Brown of the homophobic Christian publication Charisma. After expressing his condolences over her loss (though he doesn’t hesitate to call her a “him”), Brown reminds everyone that people can be “cured” of their transgenderism and that sex changes don’t always solve the problem:
Yesterday afternoon, students and faculty members at Alabama’s Troy University received a strange email from Chancellor Jack Hawkins wishing them a happy new year. I was forwarded a copy of the email: