Live Blogging TAM2013: Friday Morning Sessions

Greetings from TAM2013! Currently, it is a little before 11:00 AM on Friday- I’m getting  a later-than-expected start due to some interviews that were scheduled this morning, so I missed a couple of the speakers. Sex-therapist Marty Klein just wrapped up his talk called “Junk Science, Moral Panic and Sex.” I missed most of it [Read More...]

Christian Columnist Really Believes Magicians Can Levitate… Because of Satan

I suppose someone who’s gullible enough to believe the stories in the Bible can’t be blamed for believing that magic is real…

But screw it: Pastor Dan Delzell thinks magic is real.

First, take a look at this video featuring the magician Dynamo:

Cool trick. I couldn’t tell you exactly how he did it, but that’s precisely what makes it a neat illusion.

Here’s Delzell’s take on it:

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Christian Fundies Find Another Thing to Get Upset About: Uncovered Female Heads

Out of all the wrongs that need addressing in the world, what single cause should Christians give their priority? Is it curbing hunger? Helping the sick? Rooting out the cabal of clergy pedophiles?

Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

It’s getting women to cover their heads during worship. That’s what the Christians behind the head covering movement (HCM) believe, anyway. They follow the Calvinist theologian John Murray:

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Why I’m Excited About #SSAEast

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series discusses why I’m so excited about this weekend’s Secular Student Alliance conference:

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‘Preachers of L.A.’ Only the Latest Display of Hypocrisy Within the Christian Church

We already know churches are businesses and those who run them are sometimes in the business of helping themselves as much as they say they’re helping others.

So the fact that Oxygen is set to air a TV show called “Preachers of L.A.” featuring prosperity gospel preachers driving fancy cars and living in mansions should come as no surprise to anyone:

P. Diddy. Jay-Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” argues [Bishop Ron] Gibson, pastor at 4,500-member Life Church of God in Christ.

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