There’s No Reason to Think God’s a Mass Murderer… As Long As You Ignore All the Examples

Last month, Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer said that the only reason God was keeping comedian Bill Maher alive was so he would have a chance to repent. It stemmed from a Real Time segment in which Maher mocked Christians who believed in a literal Noah’s Ark:

In all this time, we have yet to hear God’s take on the matter… but that’s been taken care of, courtesy of Mr. Deity. Turns out God doesn’t like that Maher called Him a “psychotic mass murderer”:

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Book Alert: David Niose’s Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason

In 2012, David Niose published a wonderful book called Nonbeliever Nation about our society’s changing demographics away from organized religion.

I’m thrilled to announce that his next book will be published later this year. It’s called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason and you can pre-order it now:



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Satan as a Mashup: Today’s Devil Combines Zoroastrianism, Greek Mythology, and Lots of Artistic License

The satan of the Old Testament was merely a not-especially-powerful angel in God’s employ, tasked with correcting and disciplining sinners.

A millennium or two later, that supernatural being had morphed into humankind’s most-feared enemy — so evil, cunning, and potent that he could outwit the Creator Himself. The devil tempted and tricked mortals into sin and ruled over a fiery underworld where his helpers gleefully tortured those who had transgressed against the will of the Almighty.

How did that remarkable transformation come about? Paul Gallagher has an interesting write-up on that at Dangerous Minds:

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UK Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband: ‘I Don’t Believe in God’

The UK’s Labour Party is out of power right now, and if it weren’t, perhaps its leader wouldn’t be able to say what he’s just said. Ed Miliband (right), Labour’s leader and would-be British Prime Minister if things go his party’s way, has admitted to being an atheist.

Talking to the Daily Mail, Miliband said:

I have a particular faith. I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am… I don’t believe in God, but I think faith is a really, really important thing to a lot of people. It provides nourishment for lots of people.


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There Are No Errors in the Bible, Says Christian Pastor Who Clearly Hasn’t Read the Bible

We know there are contradictions in the Bible.

Lots of them.

Normally, Christian apologists attempt to explain them all away. The Bible is perfect, they say; it’s just a matter of interpretation and skeptics are taking the wrong approach.

Which is why Pastor Michael Lawrence‘s approach to contradictions is a unique one. The leader of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon says in the video below that the contradictions we think are in the Bible are just the result of faulty translations. The original manuscripts were errorless, you see, and if we just paid more attention to Jesus, we wouldn’t be so damn caught up in playing Spot the Contradiction.

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