Black Pastors Are Telling Their Congregations Not to Vote Since Choices Are a Mormon or a Gay-Marriage Supporter

President Obama can’t afford to lose his most ardent supporters on Election Day, but many black pastors are urging their congregations not to vote at all since the choices are a Mormon or the gay-marriage-endorsing President: “When President Obama made the public statement on gay marriage, I think it put a question in our minds [Read More...]

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...]


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