So That’s Why God Allows Evil to Happen…

Christian apologist Frank Turek explains why God would allow evil in the world in the most non-sensical argument you’ll hear all day:



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Forthcoming Faith-Based Movie Will Include Positive Portrayal of Gay Character; Will Christian Audiences Watch?

Last fall I had a conversation with an industry professional in LA about the anticipated release of 12 Years a Slave, and he commented that he thought Christian audiences wouldn’t be into the film because it had a negative portrayal of a man of faith. He thought that Christians wouldn’t go see the movie.

I laughed and told him that Hollywood’s assumptions about what Christian audiences would like are often really off-base, because many Christians will accept and engage elements in films that, at face value, might seem offensive to them if it’s simply presented well.

A lot of Christians get stuck on the issue of Message vs. Art when it comes to film, and you’ll find a lot of discussions happening when any controversial film is released. Christians find themselves conflicted because they enjoyed the viewing experience but didn’t agree with the message or presentation of something or another in the course of the story.

There’s a new film coming out (currently being promoted on Indiegogo for distribution and marketing funding) which has a very overt message of Christianity-is-an-accepting-religion and a positive portrayal of a black gay character (who runs a local homeless shelter).



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Pastor Steven Anderson Releases Anti-Martin Luther King “Documentary” Called “Marxist Lucifer King”

Pastor Steven Anderson has been releasing a bunch of strange right-wing documentaries lately. There was the one about how AIDS is the “Judgment of God” and the one the horrors of birth control.

And now we have one trashing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called Marxist Lucifer King:



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Secular Groups Send Money to Charlie Hebdo in a Show of Solidarity

In response to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Freedom From Religion Foundation just sent the staff a donation of $20,000:



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Mormon Church Threatens to Excommunicate Podcaster Who Voiced Support for Marriage Equality & Ordination of Women

***Edit***: A version of this post went up earlier this afternoon, but it disappeared from the site. Might have been a tech glitch on our end. Sorry for the confusion.

It seems like every time the Mormon Church has the opportunity to take a lead on social or cultural issues, they shoot themselves in the foot. Just last year, when they had the chance to reach out to women, Mormon leaders excommunicated Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly.

And now they’ve done it again with a progressive Mormon podcaster. Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has the story:

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