Bishop John Shelby Spong’s Takedown of Religious Nonsense

At the American Humanist Association’s conference last month in Chicago, attendees kept telling me that the speech given by Bishop John Shelby Spong was the highlight of the event. Spong is a retired Episcopal bishop known for his liberal stances.

That speech is now online and it’s fantastic. It begins at the 7:53 mark below:

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Atheist Laments Silence from Interfaith Groups on LGBT Discrimination

Dr. James Croft is the leader of a Humanist congregation and does plenty of interfaith work. Both of those things are contentious to various degrees even among atheists, but he does an excellent job in both areas. He’s a great liaison to have on our side.

That’s why it’s really interesting to hear him vent a bit about the biggest frustration he has with interfaith work — and it has nothing to do with his atheism:

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After Iowa Synagogue Gets Vandalized, Local Atheists Assist in Clean-Up Efforts

Earlier this week, in Waterloo, Iowa, a synagogue was vandalized. The criminals had spray-painted the phrase “Jesus Saves” along with two crosses on the building. While it may not seem too horrible, as far as graffiti goes, the police are calling it a hate crime since it directly goes after Jewish beliefs.

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While no one has been caught yet, there’s a silver lining to the story: Yesterday afternoon, members of the Eastern Iowa Atheists and Cedar Valley Atheists helped with clean-up efforts at the synagogue. After all, an attack on one belief system is an attack on all of us.

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Christian Wife Asks For Prayers For Her Newly Atheist Husband. Can This Marriage Be Saved?

When Redditor LolHSV got married, he and his wife were both about “56 percent religious,” he says. Since then, his religiosity has sunk to the point where he now considers himself an atheist. Hers, in response, has increased to the point where she temporarily left her godless husband and stayed with her religious parents. She didn’t return until LolHSV threw Genesis 2:24 at her:

Leave thy father and mother and cleave unto thy wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

Clever move, but now what? The religious strife between them hasn’t abated. Yesterday, his spouse submitted a prayer request at church. This one:

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Catholic Bishop: We Must Stand Up for Persecuted Atheists All Over the World

Well, I’ll be damned.

Bishop Declan Lang, the chair of the UK-based Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department for International Affairs, has gone on record asking fellow Catholics to defend persecuted atheists. Seriously.

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Referring to atheists like Ahmed Rajib Haider who have been jailed or murdered for their thought-crimes, Lang writes that Catholics have a duty to stand up for freedom of belief, even when they disagree:

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