Oh religion, you so crazy.
Imagine being a wedding planner, and dealing with a bride and groom who just know that the skies will be sunny and clear on their big day.
How can they be so sure? Because Jesus.
Anjem Choudary is a Muslim preacher who has made many incendiary statements over the years, perhaps even driving some to the path of radicalization. But should he be punished for what others do with his words?
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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