What Can We Learn from the Branch Davidians?

In a fascinating story for the New Yorker — subtitled “How not to negotiate with believers” — Malcolm Gladwell takes us back to the tragedy in Waco more than two decades ago, when 76 members of the Branch Davidian sect were killed (many of them children), and suggests that the massacre could have been avoided if we just tried to learn more about their religious beliefs instead of simply dismissing them for being so ludicrous:



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‘God’s Not Dead’ Didn’t Have a Horrible Opening Weekend at the Box Office… and That Should Terrify All of Us

According to Box Office Mojo, one of the highest-grossing movies this weekend was… God’s Not Dead:

That would be the Christian movie starring Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo. He plays a godless college professor trying to indoctrinate his students into losing their faith… until he runs into one brave Christian. It’s one of those movies ripped right from the pages of Snopes.

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A New Christopher Hitchens Book Will Be Published This November

Christopher Hitchens is still publishing books years after his death. Simon & Schuster will be releasing Why Religion is Immoral: And Other Interventions this November. It’s not clear whether this is a compilation of material we’ve seen before or a never-published book that Hitchens was working on before his death, but it’s available for pre-order right now.



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One with the Flora & Fauna

SkeptiSketch‘s latest video takes an awkwardly-worded, downright-weird question asked of Neil deGrasse Tyson at one of his talks, and the fabulous response given by Tyson, and puts it all together with a stunning visual:



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The Answer is Always Jesus

(In response to the Jesus Wheel)

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