In a few hours, I’ll be heading to downtown Naperville, IL for “The Party that shall not be named.” And then I’m taking a hiatus from the world (Minus one event) until I’m done with the new Harry Potter book. In the meantime, here’s a project. There are certain questions that atheists get asked all the time. If you search online, the answers we give are often long-winded when they don’t have to be. Yes, there are some questions that… Read more

This is from The Seeker’s column in the Chicago Tribune: Is Harry Potter a Christ figure? Or does author J.K. Rowling simply employ a common literary technique that novelists use to describe their heroes by giving them Christ-like qualities? As Potter fans await the release of the seventh and final installment at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, it’s a question worth considering. Although Rowling’s novels never explicitly mention religion, they do seem to follow in the traditions of C. S. Lewis in… Read more

Ok, under two days. Woo! The Saturday-at-midnight launch date is upsetting Israeli lawmakers. Because Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath and, dammit, you’re supposed to observe it. With Israelis already clamoring for Deathly Hallows, many bookstores are planning to launch the book on time anyway. That has drawn fire from Orthodox Jewish lawmakers, including Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai, who threatened to fine any store that opens Saturday. “Israeli law forbids businesses to force their employees to work on the… Read more

I missed this one last Friday. Larry King had an episode about Roswell, New Mexico and the evidence (or lack thereof) that a UFO crashed there. Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, was one of Larry King’s guests. Another guest was Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr., who “was shown UFO debris by his father, Major Jesse Marcel.” Marcel is also the author of The Roswell Legacy. Best part of the transcript: KING: Are you open to the possibility, Michael? SHERMER: Of… Read more

In the next week, I’ll be participating in two church events that I think are pretty noteworthy. On Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., I will be at the Midwest Emergent Gathering conference. Pastor Mike Clawson will be interviewing me on stage and we’ll be discussing a variety of topics including the good and bad things churches do, how atheists/Christians can work together for common goals, and many others. Helen Mildenhall will also be at the conference, leading a breakout session… Read more

A thread at the Internet Infidels Discussion Board had people submitting their favorite atheist slogans/quotations/catch-phrases. Some of my favorite are below: Evolve: The other fish doesn’t have a leg to stand on The hard work of one does more than the prayers of millions Athiesm is myth-understood If Jesus loves me, why doesn’t he call? Jesus saves but smart people invest I’ve never seen faith move mountains, but I’ve seen what it can do to skyscrapers It’s been 2000 years…. Read more

Rolf at Jamonation has a challenge for everyone: … watch one hour of Sunday morning Evangelical Christian religious television programing and post a comment regarding [your] resultant thoughts and reaction. There’s a lesser second challenge of watching Christian television for an hour, period. The folks at Jamonation add this disclaimer: We at Jamonation accept no responsibility if, for some reason, you are converted to Evangelical Christianity by participating in The Sunday Morning Challenge. And that happens every time, so be… Read more

The Gematriculator gave me these results: What is The Gematriculator? The Gematriculator is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is. Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to… Read more

The Galesville Republican, a weekly newspaper in Wisconsin, won’t accept ads from either. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is lumped into the same league as the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and Al-Qaeda. (And apparently, they all want ads in the Galesville Republican.) FFRF said this about the piece: Ms. Eddy apparently does not realize that the Nazi party was Christian to the core, as is the KKK, and that Al-Qaeda also terrorizes in the name of a god–if… Read more

***SPOILER ALERT. The name of the tournament winner appears below.*** After 6,358 players began the World Series of Poker on July 6, a winner has emerged. Jerry Yang took home a cool $8,250,000. You feel good for the guy, especially when you hear his story. When he was 13, his Hmong family fled war-torn Laos to come to the USA. “The communists invaded my country back in the ’70s,” he said. “My family immigrated to Thailand. In fact, we escaped…. Read more

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