Missionary Deconverted by Amazon Tribe

You definitely don’t hear this side of the story very often. Daniel Everett was a missionary sent to meet the Pirahã tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, “translate the Bible for them, and ultimately bring them to Christ.” There’s a slight twist to the story: Instead, [the Pirahã] brought him to atheism. “The Pirahãs have shown [Read More...]

How Does Religion Contribute to Views on Global Warming?

This guest post is by Jesse Galef, who works for the American Humanist Association. He usually blogs at Rant & Reason. The Pew Forum is a reliable source of interesting surveys. This most recent one shows how strongly various religious groups believe that global warming is occurring and if so, whether the warming is caused [Read More...]

TrueTolerance: Christians Against the Day of Silence

In honor of the Day of Silence today, conservative Christian groups are trying to make their case for “True Tolerance” (i.e. gay-bashing should be allowed.) Focus on the Family has begun a website, TrueTolerance: Concerned about the pro-gay agenda in your child’s public school? It’s sad, but many public schools have, in the name of [Read More...]

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

Ariane Sherine, the woman behind the original Atheist Bus Campaign (and my future wife if I get a say in the matter), has signed on to write The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas: Sherine, a comedy writer and Guardian journalist, gathered 42 prominent atheist writers, scientists and comedians to contribute to the book, including Richard Dawkins, [Read More...]

Come for the Pregnancy Test, Leave with the Threat of Eternal Damnation

This didn’t help me sleep well last night. There’s a story by Tina Dupuy in the Pasadena Weekly about a particular Christian “crisis pregnancy center.” Scared, vulnerable women come in to take the free pregnancy test, but end up sitting through much more. The writer’s friend “Maggie” unknowingly went in for a visit: After two-and-a-half [Read More...]