Book Featuring Jewish-Arab Love Story Banned in Israeli Classrooms

A Romeo and Juliet-like story featuring a Palestinian artist and an Israeli academic has been banned from the classroom by Israel’s government.

Dorit Rabinyan‘s book Gader Haya, known in English as Borderlife, won’t be included in the high school curriculum despite a push from teachers:

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The Importance of Asking Questions in Church

My friend David Hayward has been drawing cartoons for years now about the problems within Christian culture.

He just released a new book about the importance of asking questions and reflecting on your own beliefs. It’s called Questions Are The Answer:

In the excerpt below, Hayward explains what happened to his former church once people started asking tough questions and things began to unravel:

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Generation Atheist is Free This Weekend

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.



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This is Why We Must Get Rid of Theological Weeds

Many atheists have no need to keep arguing about God’s existence. We don’t believe any Gods exist, and we’ve moved beyond that conversation. But author James Lindsay believes that religious people have psychological and social needs that faith helps them meet. Unless atheists address those concerns, we won’t get anywhere. In other words, the way we talk about God right now isn’t working.

His new book expanding on this idea is called Everybody Is Wrong About God (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Lindsay discusses why its imperative we help “uproot” people out of their faith:

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In New Book, the President of American Atheists Says We Must Break Religious Rules

In 2013, American Atheists President David Silverman announced that he would be writing a book called I, Atheist. But a few months later, that book was off the table. What happened? Silverman explained in a now-deleted Facebook post that there had been a disagreement with his publisher: “We parted ways amicable over a smiley face, labeled ‘Muhammad of Islam’, which I refused to remove.”

Now, a different version of that book is finally seeing the light of day. (And the smiley face is in it.)

It’s called Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015). And if you thought Richard Dawkins was “aggressive” in The God Delusion, just wait till you read this. Unlike Dawkins, who wanted readers to shed their faith, Silverman wants those of us who are already atheists to be much more vocal about it.

In the excerpt below, Silverman discusses the idea of “Islamophobia” and why we must push back against the faith-based rules others demand we follow. (I have removed footnotes for ease of reading.)

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