Bob Grisham, the Psychology teacher and head football coach at Lauderdale County High School in Alabama who was caught on audiotape making anti-gay and racist remarks in class, has been suspended: [Read more…]
There is no reasonable argument for human slavery. In the antebellum South, the institution was propped up by biblical justifications and pseudoscientific just-so stories. Both of these myths underpinning slavery appear as footnotes in Django Unchained — a whip-wielding slave-driver wears Bible pages pinned to his garments, while a plantation owner with a flair for the dramatic delivers a lesson in phrenology to his houseguests as they negotiate a slave sale.
But it’s a different myth at the heart of Django’s story, one that functions in a similar way: to demonstrate the dire consequences when mythic thinking overtakes logic and reason. [Read more…]
Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m a 17 year old atheist who came out to his parents about 6 months ago. My parents were shocked to hear it. They didn’t know what to do. My parents are extremely fundamentalist Christians. Its more of a cultish Christianity. Women must [Read More…]