Do I Feel Sorry for Religious People?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question Do I feel sorry for religious people?:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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‘Darwin on the Palouse’ Brings Evolution to Idaho

Darwin on the Palouse is a free event that’s all about celebrating Charles Darwin’s contributions to the world — and it’s taking place in Idaho early next year.

The Humanists of the Palouse are fundraising whatever they can in order to bring in speakers and make sure this event remains free of charge — so please help them out if you can!

More information about the venue, speakers, and topics will be available on the event’s website soon!

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This Is How You Pray Harder, While Accomplishing Nothing

The biggest complaint atheists have about prayer — at least when it comes to praying for something as opposed to mere meditation — is that it makes you think you’re doing something useful when you’re totally not.

Catholic blogger Meg Hunter-Kilmer has a list of 50 ways people can talk to God. I’m not calling attention to it because she’s advocating for prayer (a Catholic is acting Catholic? Shocking!), but because some of her examples are so obviously useless for the task they’re trying to accomplish.

Like #1:

Close your eyes and just repeat the name of Jesus.

Our God is a good God… a good, egomaniacal God who wants you to repeat his Son’s name ad nauseam. (Which, by the way, is kind of hard to do. Try it.)

And #7:

Hold a crucifix while you pray.



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The Awkward Moments Children’s Bible: The Passages They Don’t Share in Sunday School

Whenever you hear Christians talk about “living biblically,” it’s hard not to roll your eyes. Because anyone who’s read the Bible knows that it’s full of passages (that usually go unmentioned in churches) that ought to make anyone question why so many hold the book in such high esteem.

Now, “Horus Gilgamesh” and illustrator “Agnes Tickheathen” (Agnostic Heathen) have put out a book called the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible documenting many of these little-known verses. The finished product is simply incredible. The book features beautiful/disturbing illustrations of several Bible passages that no Christians want to admit are in their holy book.

Searching for a gift to give your Reddit Secret Santa or atheist friends this Christmas Festivus? Look no further.

Just take a look at some of the pages:

This one quotes Exodus 21:20-21:



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Oops, Wrong Head: Islamist Fundies in Syria Know Allah Will Forgive Them For Decapitating One of Their Own

It would be unseemly to laugh, wouldn’t it? From the Telegraph:

Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head.

In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [ISIS], one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.

It wasn’t, the beheaders soon discovered to their not inconsiderable chagrin.

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