Church Offers a 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee to Tithers if God Doesn’t Reward Them

Considering that one of the common criticisms people have of churches in general is that they’re all about taking your money, you’d think pastors would at least try to be subtle in how they ask for it. You know, pass around collection plates while talking about something else. Or maybe leave boxes in the back of the church where people can discreetly drop money in as they leave.

Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico never got that memo.

They’re not just asking for money; they’re asking people who haven’t tithed in the past six months to start doing it again while offering a 90-day money-back guarantee if God doesn’t reward them as a result.

It’s called the 90-Day Tithe Challenge:

Here’s how this works.

You give the church 10% of your income. After 90 days, if God hasn’t rewarded you and shown His “faithfulness,” you are eligible to get a complete refund.

I guess no one at the church ever read Matthew 4:7:

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’


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Is This Canadian Politician Slamming Atheists in an Informal Holiday Greeting?

Brian Pallister is the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba — kind of like a Canadian version of John Boehner.

He recently offered some holiday greetings to interviewer Natalie Pollock, and his comments took a strange turn when he began to talk about atheists:

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Why the Christian Right’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ Campaign Makes No Sense, Even for Them

Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress explains why the “Naughty or Nice” list put out by the Christian group American Family Association and, by extension, the “Friend or Foe” list put out by Liberty Counsel make absolutely no sense, even from a Christian perspective. (Remember: These are the lists that reward you for using the word “Christmas” in your marketing campaigns and condemn you if you don’t.)



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Help Support a Free Student-Run Atheist Conference in Columbia, Missouri

Next Spring, the University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics (SASHA) will be hosting a free conference at the Columbia campus called SashaCon 2014:

I’m looking forward to speaking there — it’s always nice to be part of a student-run event!

They could use some help with funding, though. If you support these kinds of events, consider chipping in on their Indiegogo page! They need to raise about $3,000 and they have limited time in which to do it.

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What’s It Like to be an Atheist in Poland? This Movie Will Show You

I’d never heard of this guy until yesterday, but Casimir Liszinski (a.k.a. Kazimierz Łyszczyński) was a Polish soldier executed for the crime of atheism in 1689.

Zenon Kalafaticz created an English-language documentary about how atheism fares in Poland more than three centuries after Liszinski was killed. In it, he speaks with a number of Polish atheist leaders and describes why there’s so much pushback against the powerful Catholic Church.

I watched excerpts of it yesterday and it looks fascinating (though I can’t shake how the narrator’s voice sounds like one you’d hear in an episode of “South Park”). In any case, if you have some time, check out 324 Years After…:

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