U.S. Religious Freedom Commission: Atheism is Not a ‘Criminal Act’

After the banging of heads all of us at CFI have done to get attention focused on Aan’s case, and now in the midst of our efforts to shine a spotlight on restrictions on free expression around the world (which includes CFI’s significant contribution to the new IHEU report on atheists’ persecution), this was a pleasant surprise to see — and straight from the body that advises the president and State Department on these matters, no less. [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee: The Shooting is the Fault of Church/State Separation Advocates… and Gay Rights Supporters… and Obamacare

Not long after the Newtown shootings, Mike Huckabee went on FOX News Channel to claim that he wasn’t surprised by the carnage because “we have systematically removed God from our schools.”

Last night, Huckabee made another statement on his own show, explaining the first statement… [Read more...]

Is Evangelical America Really in Decline?

In today’s New York Times, pastor John S. Dickerson writes about “The Decline of Evangelical America” and why that’s happening:

Dickerson (at least in this article) entirely ignores the fact that people are pushing back against evangelical Christianity because we’ve found a better alternative: Reality. Atheism and its weak cousin “spiritual-but-not-religious” are no longer unfavorable options like they used to be. You’re no longer as isolated or shunned if you say you don’t believe that churches or any one religious faith has all the answers. Emphasizing “free forgiveness” won’t help when the idea that the death of someone two thousand years ago cleanses you of your sins is laughable from the get-go. [Read more...]

Gun Confiscation: The Right-Wing Christian’s Worst Nightmare

One of the most common nightmare scenarios posited by popular radio/Internet personality Alex Jones is that the U.S. Federal Government, having been co-opted by a vast constellation of evil forces collectively known as the “New World Order,” will someday attempt to seize citizens’ firearms. This could occur imminently, Jones often warns; like legions of God-fearing, patriotic Americans, he’d view any such forcible confiscation as tantamount to an act of war — and quite possibly cause for open revolt. [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer: God Could Have Saved Those Kids, but He Won’t Go Where He’s Not Wanted

Christianist Bryan Fischer has an explanation for the Connecticut shootings, too: [Read more...]