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.

In White America, Girls’ Clitorises Were Cut Off Because Christian Parents Feared Masturbation

Dr. Renée Bergstrom, now 72, was just three years old when, back in 1947, her Christian mother took her to a doctor to have the girl’s clitoris removed. The problem, as the concerned parent saw it, was that the toddler had possibly been rubbing her private parts.

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God and Guns Prove a Fatal Combination at Indian Wedding

Sadhvi Deva Thakur, an Indian mystic and self-proclaimed “god-woman,” is a fugitive from justice after accidentally shooting four wedding guests with celebratory gunfire. One person died.

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After Video With Falsified Subtitles Spreads, Top Indonesian Politician Faces Blasphemy Inquiry

The Christian governor of Jakarta is under police investigation for blasphemy against Islam, even though he said nothing offensive against Islam.

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Actor Anna Kendrick Recalls Being Terrified by the Bible as a Child

In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, film actor Anna Kendrick reminisces about growing up Christian.

It wasn’t a walk in the park. Kendrick says that at a young age, religion gave her “crippling anxiety.” She couldn’t reconcile threats of “the lake of fire” with the kind of loving, friendly God her parents and her congregation required her to believe in.

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My Dilemma: Do I Work For a Client With End Times Views and a Possibly Toxic Level of Nuttiness?

Should I say yes to a client whose public opinions suggest working together will be a disaster?

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