Pastor Doug Phillips, Who Instructed Christians on Family Life, Allegedly Spent Years Harassing His Kids’ Nanny

Doug Phillips, with his wife Beall, wrote the book on family values (OK, a book). It’s called Advanced Family Strategies. The publisher describes it as “A helpful, biblically-based idea-starter for your family.”

But it turns out that, if the allegations by one young women are true, you can learn lots more from Doug Phillips. Like how to dominate women in your employ, touch them inappropriately, and cajole them into sex.

First, a refresher about who he is:

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How Carl Sagan Talked to His Daughter About Death

Last month, we heard from Carl Sagan‘s son Nick about his father’s legacy.

Now it’s his half-sister’s turn. Writing for New York Magazine, Sasha Sagan tells us about her life growing up, including the time she asked her father about whether he would ever see his deceased parents again:

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If Creationists Made Their Own Version of Cosmos, It Would Look Like This

It would be only one episode long, for one thing…

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Boycotts Aren’t Just a One-Way Street, Tony Perkins

Here’s Christian Right leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council speaking with Fox News’ Mike Huckabee the other day (1:39 mark):

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These New Age Bullshit Generators Will Help You Sound Like a Guru

I learned a great new word from Daniel Dennett recently, one that I can see myself using rather a lot from now on (you’ve been warned): deepity. Deepity is the quality found in a statement whose author takes a failed stab at profundity. It seems deep at first glance, but it’s actually squishy and meaningless when you examine it. Deepity is probably the most useful neologism since Stephen Colbert‘s “truthiness.”

Here’s some deepity for you:

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