A Compilation of Bart Ehrman’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s an excellent compilation of Bart Ehrman‘s best arguments and comebacks. (via Agatan Fnd) [Read more…]

Christian Leader Furious After New Jersey School Makes Saying “God Bless America” Optional

Here’s yet another reminder that Focus on the Family under the leadership of Jim Daly is really no different than it was under James Dobson.

It involves an incident that took place last week at Glenview Elementary School in New Jersey. Students there were told to say “God bless America” after the Pledge of Allegiance (because why invoke God once when you can do it twice?!)… and they had been doing this since 9/11.

The ACLU reminded the District that this was not something you could tell kids to say, and administrators reluctantly complied. They said it would no longer be a formal part of the school day. But kids who wanted to say it could obviously still do that.

So how did Focus on the Family spin that story to their gullible Christian base?

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Well, Daly’s post is titled “It’s Now Illegal to Say ‘God Bless America’?” if that gives you any indication. (The question mark doesn’t temper the bullshit claim he’s making, but the obvious answer is “no.”)

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Not Believing In God Is No Joke To the Christian Woman Who Battered and Robbed a Disabled Man

A 49-year-old Louisville, Kentucky woman, Laura Reid, stands accused of assaulting and robbing a disabled man back in October. Her motive? The victim had “joked” to her that he doesn’t believe in God.

Heaven knows what she’d have done to him if he hadn’t merely been kidding about his unbelief.

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Jennifer Lawrence “Worships at the Altar of Planned Parenthood,” Whines Conservative Site

It’s no secret that many conservatives have a bizarre, obsessive hatred for Planned Parenthood. It’s also no secret that many women and men (2.7 million a year, for the record) rely on Planned Parenthood for a variety of reproductive health services.

So when actress Jennifer Lawrence mentioned in an interview with Glamour magazine that she relied on Planned Parenthood as a teenager growing up in a religious household, it wasn’t very surprising to those of us who understand the variety of services offered by the organization. It’s also not shocking, though, to see some hand-wringing and whimpering from the usual suspects who like to pretend that Planned Parenthood is the Great Satan of Healthcare.

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Ex-Nun Says She Had to Self-Flagellate, Stick Needles in Herself, and Eat Spoiled Food — For Jesus

How much can you possibly love Jesus? This much.

Nuns at an Italian convent were forced to write their vows in their own blood, self-flagellate every night, and eat spoiled food, a former member of the order is claiming. “We pierced our skin with needles before writing on the card and we were happy to do it,” the unnamed nun told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera about her time in the 1990s at the “Sister of the Immaculate” convent.

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