Why Straddling the Fence on LGBT Issues Doesn’t Work: Andrew Marin’s Response to Dan Savage

Yesterday, I posted about a Dan Savage book review in today’s New York Times that criticized the Marin Foundation.

Andrew Marin‘s goal is to bridge the gap between the LGBT and Christian communities, but along the way, he strategically chooses not to answer questions like “Do you think homosexuality is a sin?” “Do you think that gays and lesbians are born that way?” and “Can an LGBT person ‘change’?”

While I don’t care about the answer to the first one, the other two are non-negotiable to me. There are right and wrong answers to those questions and to not answer them so as to straddle the fence is a cop-out.

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Well, I Guess He Proved Evolution Wrong…

The best part about letters-to-the-editor is that crazy views get published for the world to see… and the more local the paper, the wackier they get.

Case in point: This letter from Raphael Sealey to the Contra Costa Times in California:

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The Storytelling of Science

The video below features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, Ira Flatow, Neal Stephenson, Tracy Day, and Lawrence Krauss — all on the same stage! (Do I need to say any more than that to get you to watch it?!)

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Why Jesus Didn’t Exist

Historian Dr. Richard Carrier recently spoke to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics group about why he believes Jesus did not exist:

I haven’t had a chance to watch the video, but please leave any notable timestamps/summaries in the comments!

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A Torrent of Atheism-Related Books Is About to Be Unleashed

I said yesterday that the “New Atheists” helped revive a movement that has since grown in both size and scope.

Here’s even more evidence of that: The number of books being written about atheism are coming out of the fire hose at full blast. And far from being more “arguments against faith,” they’re covering a wider range of material than ever before. Kimberly Winston wrote about the trend in Publishers Weekly:

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