Christian Pastor: “The Only Atheists in the World Live in America and Europe”

Pastor Phil Vander Ploeg, who ministers to young people in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a man who is extraordinarily committed to spreading God’s truth — even if he has to lie through his teeth to do it.


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I Laughed About a Dead-Baby Story. Am I Irredeemable?

Yesterday’s post about Christians thanking God for saving them in close calls drew all kinds of interesting comments. Including this one, from reader Becca Rogers, on the Friendly Atheist Facebook page:


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“I Got Shot! God Shot Me!”… Said No Religious Person Ever. But Why the Hell Not?

On Thursday, God and his Perfect Master Plan put Yolande Herron-Palmore in one of the seats of a Minneapolis beauty salon, where the Houston-based pastor had her hair done. Then the Almighty, through another puppet whose strings He controls, shot his life-long servant. Because she survived, however, she and her family ended up praising Him profusely, just filled with light and gratitude.


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Confirmed: Canadian Teen Alex Radita, a Diabetic, Died Due To Parents’ Religious Beliefs

Last Monday, Hemant posted about Alex Radita, the son of apparent faith healers Emil and Rodica Radita. Alex, a life-long diabetic, died at age 15, weighing only 37 pounds, after his parents repeatedly refused to accept his medical diagnosis. The Calgary couple chose prayer over insulin.

We didn’t know for sure five days ago that the boy died because the parents preferred to pray over him rather than get him the medical care he needed, but in the course of their murder trial, that fact just got confirmed.


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Party Organizers in Thailand Get Sued By Shady Buddhist Sect Over Alleged Blasphemy

A week ago, a music, dance, and cosplay event in Bangkok featured projected slides that lampooned the controversial Buddhist sect Dhammakaya. The slides exuded humor that would be considered tame by U.S. standards — “photoshopped images of its UFO-shaped headquarters,” for one, and also “the temple’s infamous abbot Dhammachayo in [a] fabulous costume.”

Followers of Dhammakaya were outraged, claiming that the party antics were “blasphemous against Buddhism as a whole.” The sect is suing the party organizers (an outfit named Trasher), and hopes that other national Buddhist groups will join its lawsuit.


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