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.

Lone Fisherman Struggles to Pronounce the Savior’s Name, and It’s Strangely Hypnotic

I’ve watched this absurdist video repeatedly, courtesy of Clickhole. It makes me laugh but it’s also oddly affecting and hypnotic. Not sure why this is on a Facebook comedy page rather than in the video collection of a modern-art museum. Regardless — enjoy.


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At Evangelical Schools, Why Are Atheists Typically Favored Over LGBT Students?

When you don’t believe in God, can you remain a student in good standing at an evangelical college — even though devout LGBT pupils are routinely frowned upon? 

According to David Wheeler, writing for the Week, the answer is yes.


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Brother of Fundamentalist Mormon “Prophet” Warren Jeffs Is Now a Fugitive From Justice

Polygamist Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs was apprehended during a traffic stop ten years ago and ultimately sentenced to life plus 20 for sexual assaults on two teenage girls.

Whether his brother Lyle will also end up behind bars remains to be seen. Lyle Jeffs, who was about to be tried for defrauding the government of millions of dollars in food stamps, cut off his electronic ankle monitor the other day and disappeared without an apparent trace.


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Pastor and Congressional Hopeful Rick Tyler Wants to “Make America White Again”

Pastor and congressional candidate Rick Tyler of Tennessee believes America was a better place when minorities had far less power. That’s why he put up a billboard promising to “make America white again.” (Thanks for the inspiration, Donald Trump.)


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To Combat Lying Children, Dioceses in Canada Are Keeping Priests From Being Alone With Kids

To counter allegations of abuse, the Catholic Church of Montreal has a solution: Priests can no longer be alone with children. (Because kids can lie.)

They seem to have missed the bigger issue here…


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