Ask Richard: Religious Parents Terrifying Their Kids About the End of the World

Richard, Ever since the election, my Mormon family has been strongly convinced the “end of days” is upon us. My parents have terrified my younger siblings to the point where they can’t sleep at night, and my father is sending out numerous emails to prepare us all. I hate seeing them this upset over an [Read More...]

President Obama: When You Take the Oath of Office Again, Don’t Say ‘So Help Me God’

Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution tells us the precise wording of the Presidential Oath of Office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

There’s no “So help me God” at the end of it.

Incidentally, there’s also no requirement that you have to put your hand on the Bible while you say it. (In fact in 2008, Obama’s official oath was performed without one entirely.) [Read more...]

Yeehawd!: A Blasphemously Fun Game About Holy War

Here’s a blasphemously fun-looking game:

The purpose of [Yeehawd!] is to collect as many followers to your faith as possible before Armageddon™ to secure your place in the Afterlife™.

At the end of the game the Prophet with the most followers wins the game, and the rest of you get a ticket to that hot fiery place downstairs. However, should two or more prophets be tied to win, they are all annihilated in a furious Holy War™ and the next prophet in line wins the game.

The artwork is just awesome, too: [Read more...]

Denying Your Rights Is a Part of My Faith

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Sam Harris Speaks About Free Will

Last week, Sam Harris spoke at the Bon Mot book club in Vancouver about Free Will. The speech begins after the 80s porn music: [Read more...]


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