About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.

This Is Worse Than the Worst Scene From Jesus Camp

This American Life, the radio program headed by Ira Glass, has been recycling some interesting old episodes of late. The other day, this one, from 1998, made it to broadcast again. It’s about summer camps, and it contains a segment about listeners’ memories of their camp days. Two of the accounts stood out for me, because they described a religion-induced mental cruelty that made my blood turn cold.


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Based on How the Jewish Year Is Written In Hebrew, It’s Clear the Messiah Is About to Arrive

How do you know the Jewish Messiah‘s long-awaited appearance is nigh? Because תשע”ו. (Obviously.)


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Can Religion Solve Social Problems? Fewer Americans Than Ever Before Say Yes

Can churches and other places of worship provide meaningful solutions to social problems? A record number of Americans no longer believe it, reveals a new Pew poll.


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Pokémon No — Finally, a Reason to Move to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has always sounded like a dank theocratic hellhole to me, but I have to give props to the country’s highest Allah interpreters for attempting to outlaw the preternaturally annoying smartphone game Pokémon Go (hereafter to be referred to as PFG).


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Priest Who Stole From the Poor and Got a Slap On the Wrist Will Serve Serious Time After All

Justice has been served for a priest who stole money from charity intended to help the poor. But not before a judge consulted with God.


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