Why Coming Out as an Atheist May Be the Most Powerful Way to Combat Religion

Greta Christina‘s new book Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why (take a wild guess what it’s about) is finally available today, and I would strongly encourage you to get a copy. It’s a wonderful resource for those who are on the fence about telling others that they don’t believe in God.

In the excerpt below, Greta talks about the power of simply telling people you’re an atheist:

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Hallmark Channel Mutes the Word ‘God’ to Avoid Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain; Now Viewers Are ‘Upset,’ ‘Ashamed’

I am thoroughly upset, and ashamed that you could stoop so low as to mute out the word God in anything you televise…I for one will not watch your channel anymore…I will pass this on to all my friends and family…

Can you believe that? You can cuss and everything else on TV but can’t say God anymore. What is going on in the world these days?

Those are two of the more, um, muted reactions to the Hallmark Channel‘s muting the word “God” in its airing of the movie It Could Happen To You.



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In Case You Needed Another Reason to Dislike Hobby Lobby, Its President Is Launching a Public School Bible Course

On Monday, the Mustang Public Schools board (in Oklahoma) approved a new Bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. Mustang will be the first district to test the supposedly secular curriculum.

Because that’s what students in Oklahoma need: More Jesus.



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New Study Shows That Even Atheists Think Atheists Are Immoral

Psychologist Will Gervais has done quite a bit of research involving the perception of atheists in society. In 2011, he and his colleague explained that people harbored anti-atheist sentiments in large part because they didn’t trust us. (Surprise!)

Gervais has just published his latest research in PLOS ONE showing, through a series of experiments, that atheism is virtually synonymous with immorality in the minds of many people. And the way he shows that link is deviously clever.

Here’s what he did for his first experiment:

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Pastor Doug Phillips, Who Instructed Christians on Family Life, Allegedly Spent Years Harassing His Kids’ Nanny

Doug Phillips, with his wife Beall, wrote the book on family values (OK, a book). It’s called Advanced Family Strategies. The publisher describes it as “A helpful, biblically-based idea-starter for your family.”

But it turns out that, if the allegations by one young women are true, you can learn lots more from Doug Phillips. Like how to dominate women in your employ, touch them inappropriately, and cajole them into sex.

First, a refresher about who he is:

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