Interfaith Leader: If Orthodox Jews Don’t Want to Sit Next to Women on Planes, We Should Accommodate Them

In general, I don’t mind interfaith cooperation. I know there’s value in working with people we disagree with on some issues in order to achieve larger goals we all share.

The problem is when you pretend all religious beliefs are worth respecting.

Remember the Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women on a plane? Eboo Patel, the head of Interfaith Youth Core, believes we’re all making too big a deal about this issue and should just go ahead and swap seats to make them happy:



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Salon Writer Wonders Why the New Atheists Don’t Criticize the Kind of Faith That Doesn’t Exist

Tip for the freelance writers out there: Salon will take anything you submit as long as it slams atheists and runs over a thousand words. That must be true, because I don’t know how else to explain how this awful piece by Peter Birkenhead got published.

His entire argument is that the New Atheists — whom he compares to religious zealots — get too much attention even though they attack a straw man version of religion:



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Christian Preacher Adds Insult to Injury with Nepal Tweet

Leave it to a Christian preacher to hear about a tragedy like the Nepal earthquake and respond with the most dickish prayer you’ll ever hear:

Sure, the death toll is approaching 2,000, but if everyone else turns to Jesus, I guess it’ll all be worth it…

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Here’s Part Three of a Secretly-Videotaped Jehovah’s Witness Apostasy Trial

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been posting videos of a Jehovah’s Witness apostasy trial. Isaac had criticized some of the Church’s teachings and this was his last chance to explain himself. (If disfellowshipped, Isaac’s friends and family members still in the Church could be prohibited from ever speaking to him again.)

Part three of his hidden camera video is now online.



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My Talk at Valparaiso is Sponsored by a Closeted Atheist Physician

Next Wednesday night, I’ll be giving a talk at Valparaiso University, and Jerry Davitch of the Post-Tribune did a nice write-up in anticipation of that event. The most interesting part, to me, is the bit about the person sponsoring the talk:



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