What Religious Cults Seem to Have in Common

Jeff C. Stevenson first heard of the “All Saved Freak Band” in the 1970s. He listened to their music, thought it was unique, and continued to acquire their albums over the years. It was only later that he realized the band was really just an outreach tool for Rev. Larry Hill’s Church of the Risen Christ, a group with a mysterious and seemingly-shady history.

When he finally got in touch with one of the band members to hear the backstory, he also gained access to several other members of the church. It turns out the group was a cult, replete with brainwashing and abuse (“emotional, physical, sexual and mental”). Three members ultimately died and another was permanently disfigured as a result of following Hill.

Now, after speaking with 17 survivors, Stevenson is finally sharing their stories in Fortney Road: The True Story of Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult (Freethought House, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Stevenson talks about the similarities many cults have with one-another and where Larry Hill fits in:

[Read more…]

Mike Huckabee: If They Let Me, I Would’ve Said I’m Transgender to Shower with Girls in High School

Back in February, Mike Huckabee gave the closing speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. But his comments didn’t go online until this weekend (thanks, WND… I think).

Now, the man who defended Josh Duggar for molesting five little girls when he was younger is making headlines for his statements about transgender people.

According to Huckabee, allowing transgender people to use the restroom that’s appropriate for them means putting little children in harm’s way. (Watch at the 18:04 mark.)



[Read more…]

Indiana Family Sues School District Over Prayers at Athletic Events, School Board Meetings, and Graduation

How many church/state separation violations can one school district be guilty of? The River Forest Community School Corporation in Indiana must be trying to break a record.

J.B. is a student completing his sophomore year there and he and his parents have noticed several problems with the way the District handles religion.

[Read more…]

If You Promote a Story That Turns Out to Be False, Don’t You Have an Obligation to Correct It?

As anyone who reads atheist blogs is probably aware, there have been some high-profile (at least within this community) cases of sexual harassment (and worse) over the past few years.

One case in particular involved Ben Radford, a prominent skeptical writer. He was accused of “stalking, sexual harassment, and both physical and sexual assault” by his former girlfriend Karen Stollznow (a prominent skeptic in her own right). It’s been going on for a couple of years with both sides raising money for legal defense.

Without going into more details (and there are so many more details), those are damning allegations and Radford denied them completely. But several bloggers were quick to condemn him (or at least perpetuate the story) based on what Stollznow said.

That alone doesn’t bother me. Sexual harassment is a serious topic and I appreciate those with the courage to address the issue. If it makes us more aware of the problem so that we can take steps to prevent it, we’re all better off for it. (I’m not a fan of bloggers with limited information playing the role of a judge who’s supposed to have all of the information, but there you go.)

Then, nearly two weeks ago, Radford shared a statement that both he and Stollznow signed:

[Read more…]

What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 17

Daniel is back with another montage of some of the awful things done in the name of God over the past month:



[Read more…]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X