John Travolta Scared of Leaving Scientology

John Travolta may finally be coming to his senses… According to The Daily Mail (UK), Travolta is still distraught over his son’s death. That death may be attributed to the Church of Scientology: He reportedly resents going along with Scientology’s prescribed treatment for [son] Jett’s condition. The church does not recognise autism as genuine, but [Read More...]

Abstinence-Only Programs Are Ineffective

Abstinence-only education is a bad idea even when it comes to school lunches, says The Onion: Despite the popularity of abstinence-only meal programs in schools across the country, the study found that children who were provided with no food at lunch and cautioned against eating at an early age were no less likely to become [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Lonely Atheist Needs Intelligent Conversations

Hi Richard, Where does an atheist turn when she finds herself surrounded by people yet always alone? I live in a fairly conservative part of the country and while my friends know and accept that I’m an atheist, they view it as more of a novelty than anything — something they like to bring up [Read More...]

Damn, It Feels Good to be a Christian

I’m reading a new book called Intersections of Religious Privilege: Difficult Dialogues and Student Affairs Practice. It’s the theme for the 125th installment of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services — that is to say, it’s a collection of academic papers on a particular topic. Normally, I stay away from reading [Read More...]

Sam Harris Weighs in on Francis Collins

Monday’s edition of The New York Times features Sam Harris weighing in on the Francis Collins debate. The issue: Collins is a brilliant scientist/geneticist recently appointed to head the National Institutes of Health. Collins is also an evangelical Christian. Should we be concerned? Harris answers that last question with a definitive “Yes”: What follows are [Read More...]