Americans United Asks Town of Frankenmuth, Michigan to Take Down Giant Cross

This is the 55-foot-tall cross resting in a city park in Frankenmuth, Michigan: The city doesn’t even pretend it’s not Christian. When it went up in 1976, mayor Elmer Simon said this: “[T]wo thousand years ago the Lord of all history established an unforgettable symbol… The simple cross of Christ assures us that life does [Read More…]

An Atheist from Aurora Reflects on the Tragedy

Daniel Florien, my Patheos colleague, lives in Aurora, Colorado. He wasn’t at the theater that night, but his account of what happened and his analysis of the aftermath deserve a few minutes of your time: … It’s comforting to think people are in a better place, that God saved lives, that Satan was behind the [Read More…]

Save the Foreskin; Save the World

This is a real thing: I like it. Anything to raise awareness about genital mutilation. Also: Hehe. CAN-FAP. (via Joe. My. God.) [Read more…]

Why Algebra is Necessary: Rebutting Andrew Hacker

I teach Geometry. I’ve taught it for years. I’ll have two sections of it this year. Probably 65 kids. Every year that I’ve taught the subject, kids have freaked out at the mere mention of the word “Proof.” Without actually knowing what they are or how to do them, they want to give up immediately. [Read More…]

If Orthodox Jews Take Fruit Trees That Seriously, Be Glad They Didn’t Read the Bible Verses Right Before It

We always talk about religious beliefs that cause harm, but some beliefs are just downright silly. They don’t hurt anybody, but the lengths people go to in order to adhere to the rules is ridiculous. Such is the case with certain trees in Brooklyn: Sheya Wieder owned a small old house on a large lot [Read More…]