Penn Jillette on Catholics, Muhammad, and Glenn Beck

Penn Jillette has a number of choice quotes in an interview with Eric Spitznagel of Vanity Fair: … there was that ad in Variety from the Catholic League accusing you of “hate speech.” Well remember, the Catholic League is just one divorced guy in his garage. Or as Teller and I like to say, the [Read More...]

Obama’s Use of Prayer to Solve the BP Oil Spill Disaster

The other night, President Obama gave his address about the BP oil disaster in the Oval Office. (Personally, Rachel Maddow‘s version is way better) Obama mentioned God and prayer way more than the “obligatory” amount: Somehow this became an important topic for the FOX News Channel hosts and Newt Gingrich: Brian Kilmeade: Alright, Mr. Speaker, [Read More...]

All This Anger because of Two Atheists?

Remember how the Secular Student Alliance was represented at a meeting of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships a couple weeks ago? The topic was Advancing Interfaith and Community Service on College and University Campuses. SSA’s Executive Director August Brunsman and Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein were there on behalf of the [Read More...]

Aqsa Parvez’s Killers Await Sentence

I’m reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s book Nomad — it’s incredible; you all need to check it out — and her story is very similar to that of Canadian Aqsa Parvez. Bother families were ruled with an iron fist by the father. Rebellion wasn’t allowed. Marriages were decided by the father, too. Ali managed to run [Read More...]

Caste-Based Honor Killings in Rural India

You’ve heard of “honor killings” where a victim of rape is killed because she has “dishonored” her family…? This is a different version of the same horrid practice: In India, clan councils want the government to ban marriages within the same sub-caste. But some couples who choose love over tradition pay the ultimate price: death [Read More...]