What Girl Meets World Got Wrong About Religious Belief

I give the Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World a lot of credit. While the first season of the Boy Meets World spinoff was a bit weak, the second has already addressed serious issues such as Asperger’s syndrome, family relationships, abandonment, identity, and bullying.

That’s what upsets me about this past Friday’s episode. While the show has done a decent job of handling serious issues other sitcoms may have just glossed over, the latest episode (titled “Girl Meets Belief”) did an awful job addressing religious belief.

If you’re not familiar with the show, you can still make sense of this. Here’s what you need to know: Riley Matthews and her crush Lucas Friar believe in God. Riley’s best friend, Maya Hart, is more of an Agnostic, continually deflecting conversations about belief since she doesn’t want to argue with her friend. Another character, Farkle Minkus, values evidence-based thinking.

When their teacher (who is also Riley’s father) gives them an assignment based on Joan of Arc and Thomas Jefferson, it’s a chance for the kids to work with each other and examine their beliefs.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Reads Mean Tweets About His Opinions on Science Fiction Movies

Neil deGrasse Tyson is well-known, among other things, for tweeting about the science in science fiction movies. On a recent episode of Star Talk, he read some of the mean tweets people have written to him in response:

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Bill Maher’s Interview with Muslim Feminist Asra Nomani Was Fascinating

On last night’s Real Time, Bill Maher interviewed Muslim feminist Asra Nomani (author of Standing Alone).

Topic of conversation? Why liberals (of all people) have such a hard time admitting that religion is a major part of the problem when it comes to terrorists killing in the name of it and advancing policies that specifically hurt women.

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Angry Christian Protester Accosts Katy Perry’s Preacher Dad for Raising a “Wicked” Daughter

It’s common knowledge that singer Katy Perry, before becoming a pop star, was a gospel singer. It’s less well known that her parents are still preachers.

Keith Hudson, her dad, recently did an interview with a Christian radio station in Phoenix. As he left he studio, he was accosted by Christine Weick, the lady known for protesting outside a Luciferian Church and claiming that Monster energy drinks are the work of Satan.

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The Nightly Show Panel Debates Science Versus Religion

The last time I wrote about The Nightly Show, it was because of an infuriating discussion between Bill Nye, who was eager to talk about the implications of finding water on Mars, and two comedians who couldn’t care less. The problem was that the comedians became the focus of the segment while Nye was mostly relegated to the sidelines.

The other night, I feared it would happen again during a discussion about faith and science. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Not bad for a six-minute segment.

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