These Are Good Reasons to Leave Your Church

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, rebuts a Christian pastor’s article on 5 Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church:

You can read more of my response here and Pastor Aaron Loy original article here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Creationist Criticizes Atheist Convention’s Anti-Harassment Policy, Saying ‘Christian Conventions Do Not Need’ Them

After seeing allegations of sexual abuse at Christian schools like Bob Jones University and Patrick Henry College, it’s worth asking whether there’s a pattern there. Is there something that needs to change about the culture at those schools that might help alleviate the problem — or at least give the victims at those schools a way to report problems without feeling like they did something wrong?

This isn’t a problem unique to Christians, obviously, but it’s one that needs to be addressed wherever it occurs. In the case of atheist conferences, we’ve seen organizers start to promote codes of conduct and that’s a welcome sign. It’s not an admission of any wrongdoing, but a way to let attendees know that their safety is a priority and any reports of harassment will be taken seriously.

But that’s not the way Creationist Dr. Terry Mortenson sees it. In a piece promoted by Ken Ham, Mortenson seems to think the existence of a code of ethics is a black mark for American Atheists:

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Former Republican Leader Tom DeLay: God Wrote the U.S. Constitution

Who wrote the United States’ Constitution? Well, you might think James Madison had something to do with it… but you’d be wrong.

The correct answer is: God.

At least that’s what former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says:

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Alabama House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill That Will Put Ten Commandments Displays in Public Schools

Last week, we learned that Alabama State Rep. Duwayne Bridges (R, obviously) was sponsoring a bill that would allow public display of the Ten Commandments:

House Bill 45 would amend the state Constitution to say:

Property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of a public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in this state is not restrained or abridged. The civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person shall be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious belief. No public funds may be expended in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

The Ten Commandments shall be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body.

The legality of these displays is sure to be questioned now that the House has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change:

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Bill Maher Speaks About the Gospel of ‘I Don’t Know’ with Alabama Reporter

Dan Carsen, an education reporter for WBHM radio in Alabama, interviewed Bill Maher in anticipation of his show in Birmingham this weekend, and the full audio interview is now available online.

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