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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Rep. Jared Polis New Bill Would Block Rep. Steve King From Introducing More Bills

Sure, it’s just a statement more than anything, but I could get behind this new bill proposed by Rep. Jared Polis (below). It would block Rep. Steve King, one of the most anti-gay-rights members of Congress, from introducing any more awful legislation and is appropriately called the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.”

It comes in response to King’s recent proposal to strip federal courts from hearing cases related to marriage. Because, you know, the happiness of gay people ruins the lives of straight people.

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