Are Monotheistic Religions More Violent?

The Ottawa Citizen runs a feature each week called “Ask the Religion Experts.” Representatives from religious (and non-religious) backgrounds are invited to comment on general religion-related question. (So, in other words, there’s one expert.) This week’s question: Are monotheistic religions more prone to violence? You get a lot of No, Jesus Christ calls us to [Read More…]

Bryan Fischer Agrees with Rep. Todd Akin About #LegitimateRape… Of Course

Because Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer knows soooooo much about women’s health: As Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch points out, … rape does not make pregnancy either impossible or unlikely, and there are other types of rape than “forcible rape,” such as statutory rape or cases where consent isn’t offered or is impossible. Even [Read More…]

Less Complaining; More Doing

I wasn’t able to go to TAM 10 this past summer, but Dr. Pamela Gay‘s talk was one of the ones everyone seemed to be talking about on Twitter. After watching it, it’s east to see why: There are two separate parts worth listening to (though the whole thing is pretty good): At 11:40, she [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Looks Into Conversion to Keep Catholic Boyfriend

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I met my boyfriend little more than a year ago. He is Catholic and I’m an atheist. I wasn’t raised in a religious household and I don’t believe in God. A couple of months ago my boyfriend and l had an argument about [Read More…]

Does Todd Akin Represent a New Republican Low?

Bill Maher makes a throwaway comment during the opening sequences of his “CrazyStupidPolitics” show that suddenly seems very apt. Maher is describing watching from the sidelines as the Republicans go through the process of searching for new leaders over the last few years. He describes the process as illuminating, resulting in the revelation: “There is no bottom, I thought Dan Quayle [Read More…]