Billy Graham’s Writers Aren’t Even Trying Anymore

M.G. has a question for Billy Graham(‘s minions):

Have you ever met anyone who absolutely did not believe in God? I’ve met some people who claimed to be atheists, but after talking with them I decided they only said they were atheists because they thought it made them sound smart.

When ignorance like that goes in, you know it won’t smell on roses on the way out. Here’s how Graham(‘s puppets) responded:

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Christian Author Francis Spufford: The New Atheists Are Naïve When It Comes to the ‘Actual Experience of Belief’

In an email interview with the New York Times, Francis Spufford, author of Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense, told reporter John Williams that his book wasn’t a direct response to the New Atheists, but he still felt they were Strawmanning theists:



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Mark Driscoll’s Advice: Don’t Marry People Who Are Pro-Choice Because They ‘Do Not Value Children’

Pastor Mark Driscoll has had a busy week, lying about his books getting “confiscated,” and telling Christians they needed to stop all the in-fighting.

Turns out he’s not done yet. Yesterday, he posted on his website a list of reasons not to marry anyone who’s pro-choice.

It includes gems like this one:

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Air Force Academy Makes ‘So Help Me God’ Optional In Its Honor Oath

Until Friday, if you were a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, you would have concluded your Basic Cadet Training by reciting this Honor Oath:

“We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”

It’s that last clause that Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation fought to remove for so long and they just got their wish:



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University Researcher Says Pious Religious Students Are More Likely to Cheat Financially

A new academic study appears to show that people who say religion is really important to them are also more likely to lie if it benefits them financially. The same is true for business majors and for children of divorced parents. As for the religious being more dishonest,

…[t]he lead researcher [Associate Professor of Economics Jason Childs, at Canada's University of Regina] hypothesizes that this “really strange effect” is the result of the faithful feeling less kinship with the secular, and ultimately less concern about screwing them over for a few bucks.

The study will be published in the December issue of the journal Economics Letters. How was it conducted? The research team randomly split four hundred people into pairs, and asked each pair to conduct a simple money transaction.

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