Donald Trump’s Laughable, Humiliating Black Clergy Summit

Donald Trump is winning over the Religious Right. That’s weird for a number of reasons, and also highlights the fact that Christian leaders aren’t always as influential as they hope to be. So while yesterday’s news may not translate in the polls, Trump’s hysterical stumble is still worth a laugh.

It all started with Trump and a scheduled meeting with 100 black religious leaders. He has long promised supporters that he would “get the black vote” (despite polling at 3 to 10 percent among black voters) and had assumed that this meeting was a formality in gaining the endorsement of these black leaders, which would, in theory, bolster his claims.

Unsurprisingly, he was wrong:

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The “Floating City” Above China is a Hoax, and Here’s How We Know It

Captain Disillusion explains the secret behind the mysterious “floating city” over China…

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Atheist Displays Go Up (Again) in Illinois Park

For the fourth straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago has put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It will be alongside a Nativity Scene also on the property. This year, the atheists put up a five-foot-tall Scarlet A:

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Guess What My 13-Year-Old Just Learned About Islam In Her Public School

Michael Epperson‘s sensible piece on Friendly Atheist, about whether we should refer to Islam as a “religion of peace,” ends with an editorial note: “The opinions expressed here are those of the author.”

Well, for the record, they mirror mine almost exactly. This part was especially good, I thought:

We can’t afford pet names and word games. I understand that [Hillary] Clinton would play the “religion of peace” game even if she viewed Islam as horrific, but this carelessness shut downs the conversation. We need sophisticated conversations about a complicated religion. If your contribution to that conversation is limited to five letters, you’re not doing Muslims, the vast majority of whom are peaceful and tolerant, any favors.

It seems that many people think that they are doing Muslims a favor. But those good intentions foster bad thinking. Some people praise Islam for being a religion of peace and, without coming up for air, condemn critics of Islam for generalizing the faith. The irony is lost on these people.

Unfortunately, Epperson’s opinion, and mine, won’t really matter. At the highest level of government, and throughout most of academe, we’ll all be bombarded for years to come with the mantra that Islam equals peace.

Consider this: My oldest daughter, who is a very mature 13 and interested in becoming a judge or a diplomat, this year learned the following about Islam and its prophet in her blue-ribbon school:

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Fernando Alcántar, a Former Christian, Explains Why Breaking Up with Faith Hasn’t Left Him Bitter

Fernando Alcántar grew up as a poor Catholic boy in Mexico and soon became a rising star in the Christian world… that is, until he came out as a gay atheist. That didn’t go over so well.

His new memoir, with a foreword by Dan Barker, is called To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Alcántar details all the difficult “divorces” he’s gone through, but says he’s not angry about it:

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