Are Muslim Extremists a Fringe Group?

There’s been plenty of talk already about Newsweek‘s offensive cover… and the backlash… and the backlash to the backlash… … but Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s cover story is worth discussing just on its own: The Muslim men and women (and yes, there are plenty of women) who support — whether actively or passively — the idea [Read More...]

Atheist Group Places Full-Page ‘Constitution Day’ Ad in Newspaper

The Albuquerque chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation bought a full=page ad in today’s Albuquerque Journal marking Constitution Day, the anniversary of when the document was ratified: It’s a response to a full-page ad placed by the Hobby Lobby chain declaring the country a “Christian Nation”: “We feel it is important to respond to [Read More...]

God and the Political Conventions

I love the beginning of Hendrik Hertzberg‘s essay on the role of God at the DNC in this week’s New Yorker: If you happen to be a Republican campaign operative and/or a Fox News Channel chat host, that unexpectedly joyful Convention in Charlotte the other week made for glum viewing. One of the few points [Read More...]

Doonesbury Lampoons Louisiana Science Classes

As we’ve mentioned before, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wants to give $11,000,000 of taxpayer money to religious schools that may teach Creationism. In today’s Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau takes us inside one of those classrooms… [Read more...]

Rick Santorum, Thank You For Making My Job Easier

Oh, Rick Santorum, I was at once giddy about and terrified by your run for the presidency. While the prospect of having a President Santorum was shudder-inducing, you just kept coming up with just the silliest, most stereotypically clueless nonsense. Highlights include: One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, [Read More...]


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