Taking Nominations for the Bad Faith Award

For the past several years, New Humanist magazine has been handing out the Bad Faith Award. The award goes to “the person who has made the year’s most outstanding contribution to talking unadulterated (and often destructive) nonsense about matters of religion.” Recent winners include Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed (2010), the Pope (2009), Sarah Palin (2008) [Read More…]

The Church of Serpents

Turns out there are only a handful of churches left in American that still handle snakes. (Besides the Catholic Church. ZING!) They’re all in West Virginia, and even there, it’s a bit sketchy. Kate Fowler and Mark Strandquist are putting together a documentary film called With Signs and Following in which they go into one [Read More…]

The Person Who Sent in the Falling Man Image to PostSecret Explains Why He Did It

The other day, I posted this image from PostSecret: Well, it’s no longer a secret who sent in that image. It was Michael Convente, a graduate student and someone who’s not religious at all. (He emailed me proof that he really was the sender). At the Daily Kos, Michael explains his rationale behind sending in [Read More…]

According to This Christian Group, a Woman’s Dominion Is…

Libby Anne, a former “daughter of Christian patriarchy,” has a lot of insight about her former life. Like how one Christian group is “training” children to be “dominion-oriented.” This is an example of what Vision Forum, a group for Christian “families,” thinks is an appropriate image for their DVD about Christian boys: Ok… boy fishing [Read More…]

How Sam Harris Overcame His Fear of Public Speaking

He’s never the most charismatic speaker on stage, but I would never have guessed Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, had a fear of public speaking: At the end of my senior year in high school, I learned that I was to be the class valedictorian. I declined the honor. And I managed [Read More…]