“Dr. Banjo” Pete Wernick Comes Out as Openly Secular

When I think of bluegrass music and banjos, the New Atheists don’t exactly come to mind. But musician Pete Wernick, known as “Dr. Banjo,” just made a video for the Openly Secular campaign in which he talks about how he stopped believing in an “invisible father figure” when he was a teenager:


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The Legacy of Prince’s Jehovah’s Witness Beliefs, As Explained by a Former Believer

Lloyd Evans, who was raised in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and now speaks out against them, ran through a number of clips of Prince speaking about his JW faith.

Evans gives a little more background and details about what Prince is really saying, how messed up it all is, and why many current JWs may not be able to relate to the icon.


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After Complaints, Rutgers Art Library Removes Artwork Featuring a Crucified Jesus on a Dartboard

A piece of artwork depicting a crucified Jesus hanging on a dartboard was removed from the Rutgers Art Library yesterday after Christian students began complaining about it. To be sure, this wasn’t a “live” board that people could throw actual darts at, but no matter.


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In Afghanistan, Playing Music Can Be a Dangerously Subversive Act — Especially For a Woman

To millions of hardline Muslims, music is against Islam — any music but the muezzin’s call. It could lead to joy… and sometimes even dancing. And so,

Playing instruments was banned outright during the period of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and even today, many conservative Muslims frown on most forms of music.

Negin [Ikhpolwak, 19 years old] took her first steps learning the piano in secret, before eventually revealing her activity to her father. He encouraged her, but the reaction from the rest of her conservative Pashtun family was hostile. “Apart from my father, everybody in the family is against it,” she said. “They say, ‘How can a Pashtun girl play music?’ Especially in our tribe, where even a man doesn’t have the right to do it.”


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So That’s Why God Wants Republicans to Run for President…

In a montage of clips from An Act of God — soon coming to California and starring actor Sean Hayes — God talks about celebrities, sports, and politics:


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