Film Spoofing Religious Strife Causes Religious Strife; Still Becomes India’s Highest-Grossing Blockbuster

Who would hate a comedy that spoofs religious hatred?

Some religious people do… and they want it banned.

PK is the story of an alien (played by Aamir Khan) who lands on earth as a blank slate and is uninfected with religious prejudices and material urges. He realizes that the human species is no different from him and it’s only religious beliefs and nationality that divide and polarize people against each other.

The story revolves around a Hindu girl, Jaggu (Anushka Sharma), who falls in love with Sarfaraz (Shushant Rajput), a Pakistani Muslim boy. But their relationship ruptures due to some misunderstanding and a Hindu saint takes advantage of the situation to create mistrust in her mind against Muslim men. … The story actually challenges myths and prejudices being spread against Muslims in India by supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party.



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The Religious Makeup of the 114th Congress: Only One Member is a “None” and Even She Won’t Call Herself an Atheist

I wrote this post almost word for word for 2013 and 2011 and 2009. In fact, I just copied/pasted it, updating a few things along the way.

It’s sad how little has changed since then regarding atheists in Congress.

What are the religious affiliations of members of the 114th Congress?

Pretty similar to the American public — Overwhelmingly Christian (491 members, 92%) with a spattering of Jews (28, 5%), Muslims (2, 0.4%), Buddhists (2, 0.4%), and other faiths.

But there’s a striking disparity in one category…

The “Unaffiliated.” We’re 20% of the country and 0.2% of Congress with a single representative.

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Winfield (Alabama) City Council Declares God “Owner” of the City

Because the biggest problem with out nation is that it’s not religious enough, Winfield, Alabama Mayor Randy Price (below) requested that the local city council make amends on that front.

To that end, check out what they did, according to an editorial in the Marion County Journal Record (behind a paywall):

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Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins Says He Sent Video Promoting Religion to Students to “Encourage Thoughtful Discussion”

Last week, Chancellor Jack Hawkins of Alabama’s Troy University sent students and faculty members an email wishing them a happy new year… and it included a strange video:



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The Other Half of Franklin Graham’s Tweet About AirAsia Flight QZ8501

I know what Franklin Graham means to say in this Tweet he made yesterday, but it’s still important to point out the implications of his statement, because it goes to the heart of what’s wrong with his brand of faith:



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