Religious Bickering Between Loving Parents

Deepak Singh (below) grew up with a Hindu mom and an atheist dad and their conversations — in jest more than in argument — are very entertaining:



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Conservative Catholic Rick Santorum Sometimes Finds It “Very Difficult to Listen to the Pope”

During an interview earlier this week, Pope Francis reiterated the Church’s opposition to contraception, but noted that people should not feel that they have to reproduce “like rabbits.”

Former Senator Rick Santorum, it turns out, was not at all pleased to hear that comment.



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I Love How This Hospital Thanked a Group of Atheists for Donating Gifts to Patients

Last month, as part of their “War on Christmas” campaign, the Minnesota Atheists donated two carloads worth of toys and gifts to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.

Group President Eric Jayne just got a thank you note from the hospital. It reads like a typical form letter until you get to the second paragraph…



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Why the French Embrace “Freedom From Religion” and Distrust “Community” — And Why That’s a Problem

In France, laicité, or secularism, is a big deal.

Public Radio International’s Daniel Estrin, an American who has relatives in France and likes to spend time there, observes

… that we [come] from starkly different societies. If the U.S. enshrined freedom of religion, France seemed to be embracing freedom from religion. People’s religious affiliations should not be present at all in the public sphere, my cousins said.

When Estrin (pictured below) joined his cousins for the historic march in Paris on January 11, this difference came to the fore again.

“I am here because I want the religion and the religious people to stay away from the Republic,” Ivan said. “If we want to live together, we have to respect the laws of the Republic and keep the religion at home.”

My cousin Katya mentioned a recent train ride she took. “A lady came with a black dress [presumably, a burka]. Only her face was not covered … and she had black gloves,” she said. “It hurts me. And the same for Jewish people with the [yarmulke] and the hat. I can’t stand that.



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Christian Pastor Says Aborted Fetuses Go to Hell and Wives Should Acquiesce to Sex Even if They Don’t Want To

I first heard about NYCpastor.com when I started seeing an article from the site, detailing what kind of women Christian men should avoid, making its rounds on social media. (Atheist, divorced, career, feminist, and travel-loving women are among those who will doubtless be relieved to know that they didn’t make the cut).

According to the site’s “about” page (no doubt built for the inevitable moment when readers wondered, “who are you, person who is so wise in the ways of women?”), NYC Pastor is the blog of Dr. Stephen Kim, pastor of Mustard Seed Church.

Since writing that illuminating piece, Dr. Kim has addressed a few other burning issues (like, do dead fetuses go to hell?) in a fashion so monstrous that he immediately outs himself as either one of the greatest Internet trolls of all time… or a fairly typical New Calvinist.

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