Atheists Counter Christian Protesters Outside Comic-Con

If you visited Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, you may have encountered street preachers near the Civic Center trolley stop. It’s really a perfect spot for them, given all the sinners walking into the convention hall…

On Saturday afternoon, though, Brian Stone and a few of his friends decided to respond to them with signs of their own :)

See if you can guess which ones they are:

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Great Easter Egg on the Cover of Seattle’s The Stranger

Somehow, I missed this when The Stranger came out last week, but I couldn’t resist posting it (click image to enlarge):

Once you see it…

While you’re at it, Seth Mnookin has posted a chapter from his book The Panic Virus online, covering Jenny McCarthy‘s rise to prominence and her anti-vaccine beliefs.

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Want to Be in the Nicolas Cage ‘Left Behind’ Remake?

You know you want to be an extra in a Christian movie that’s bound to be cringe-worthy and that there’s no movie that better fits that description than the upcoming Left Behind remake.

And you know the fact that Nicolas Cage stars in it makes it all the more appealing! (As someone who has been in a movie with Cage, I highly recommend it.)

Director Vic Armstrong tweeted this today:

If you’re an atheist in Louisiana, you owe it to all of us to make this happen. Just because.

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The Trailer for the Rebooted Cosmos TV Series Is Out

Earlier tonight, at Comic-Con in San Diego, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan‘s widow), and director Brannon Braga premiered a trailer for the Seth MacFarlane-produced reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

More. I need more.

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On Being an Apple ‘Catholic’

It is no new thing to compare Apple, Inc. to a religion. The fanatical devotion it has inspired over the decades has made many outsiders eye it suspiciously, as it hawks a kind of techno-faith in which the textbook charismatic leader, Steve Jobs, emits a Reality Distortion Field that turns the skeptical into zealots, hungry for the latest sleek combinations of glass and aluminum like the damned crave absolution. The term “Cult of Mac,” begun by Leander Kahney in his book and website of that title, both pokes fun at and celebrates this comparison.

Those who live inside the Reality Distortion Field, in my experience, rarely resent this. Just as true religious zealots do not mind being known for their blind faith, but wear it as a badge of honor. This is a bit of an exaggeration, of course, as even the most doughy-eyed Apple user will still vent criticisms and complaints, but very often this is done in the spirit of keeping true to a central credo; as in, if device X does or does not have Y feature, is that really keeping with The Apple Way? Is it What Steve Would Have Done? Et cetera.

I, too, have embraced this. Being an atheist, in particular, it’s actually kind of fun to have a pretend religion to subscribe to. I follow the teachings of The Steve, Apple keynotes are like a twice-yearly mass, and I look for signs from the prophets Tim Cook and Jony Ive, just as much as I shook my head in despair at the heretics Scott Forestall and John Browett as they fell from grace.

At New York Review of Books, Edward Mendelson explores the idea of Apple-as-religion anew:

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