Controversial Quotation Quietly Removed from Jehovah’s Witnesses Publication (Without Apology or Retraction)

In the January, 2015 edition of the Jehovah’s Witnesses publication Awake!, a professor was quoted as saying many scientists doubted the theory of evolution.

It happened in the very first section of the issue:

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The L.A. Times Comes Up Empty in New Search For Motive in Chapel Hill Killings of Three Young Muslims

I had to triple-check the date on this Los Angeles Times story.

Craig Stephen Hicks murdered Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha on February 10, allegedly over an ongoing parking dispute. Frenzied speculation ensued about the motive, with even some atheists jumping to conclusions and writing that Hicks’ hard-line godlessness just had to be the real impetus for the horrible slaying of the three young Muslims.

Last week, the Times sent reporter David Zucchino to the scene of the crime, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While there, Zucchino (I assume) did all the necessary legwork, interviewed all kinds of sources, and uncovered… nothing. For all intents and purposes, his piece is indistinguishable from ones that were published 24 to 48 hours after the shooting. In other words, we still don’t know with any certainty why Hicks did what he did.



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Charlie Hebdo Editor Criticizes “Islamophobia” in Posthumously-Published Book

On January 7, Stéphane Charbonnier and eleven others were assassinated when gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Now, three months after the deadly attack that took his life, Charbonnier is getting the last word.

In his posthumously-published book, Letters to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia Who Play Into the Hands of Racists, Charbonnier criticizes the idea of Islamophobia and those who would misappropriate it, claiming that “a lot of those who campaign against Islamophobia don’t actually do so to defend Muslims as individuals, but to defend Prophet Muhammad’s religion.”

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It’s Tinder… for Christians

If it’s popular in the culture, you can bet Christians will make a shitty knockoff version of it. The latest example involves the dating/hook-up app Tinder.

The Christian version of it was just released yesterday. It’s called Collide and it lets you look at someone’s picture and favorite Bible verse, after which you can choose which way to swipe:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 51: Megan Fox, Evolution Exhibit “Auditer”

Our latest podcast guest is Megan Fox, the apparent evolution-denier who “debunked” a science exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.

(Yep. Really.)

In a long, far-ranging, and sometimes infuriating interview, we talked about the reactions to her “audit” videos, whether her gender plays a role in the backlash, and why she doesn’t consider herself a Creationist.

We also discussed why she believes not censoring the Internet in a local library’s adult section sanctions “taxpayer funded access to child porn.” (In response to her battle with the Orland Park Public Library, readers of this site raised nearly $7,000 for the library’s general fund.)

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