Is the Tooth Fairy Like God?

Soren is a six-year-old boy who didn’t believe in the Tooth Fairy (“What would a fairy do with all those teeth anyway?” he asked). But once he discovered there was an exchange of money for his baby teeth, he bought into the fiction completely. Here, we have a story that is obviously irrational, but once [Read More...]

Backlash Against the Charlotte Allen Anti-Atheist Piece in the LA Times: Part 4

The LA Times published Charlotte Allen’s anti-atheist rant last Sunday. Yesterday, editorial writer Jon Healey tried to defend the paper’s decision to run the piece. He failed. Allen isn’t the first to take the gloves off, or to use hyperbole as a way to get readers to sharpen the edges of an issue. Although we’re [Read More...]

Neumann Guilty of Second-Degree Reckless Homicide

Not that there’s any good news to be found when a young girl dies because of her parents’ religion, but at least a bit of justice has been served on behalf of Madeline Kara Neumann. Her mother was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide. The crime is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. [Read More...]

Christian School Shuts Down Democratic Party Club

Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, has decided to stop recognizing the Democratic Party club at the school “because its parent organization stands against the conservative Christian school’s moral principles.” Mark Hine, the VP for Student Affairs sent this email to the organization last week: … Even though this club may not support [Read More...]

Which of Our Closely Held Beliefs Will Our Children Be Appalled By?

A great question at Reddit (paraphrased below): So many of our grandparents were racist, and many of our parents are homophobes. Which of our closely held beliefs will our own children and grandchildren by appalled by? Some of the responses include: Eating meat Our drug policies Circumcision Of course, I’d like to include religious faith [Read More...]