In Honor of Christopher Hitchens, Four Years Later

Four years after his death, the loss of Christopher Hitchens is still felt by many atheists.

In a time when Republican candidates will say damn near anything to get support from the toxic Religious Right, when fundamentalist Islam is creating havoc on an international scale, and when critical thinking is severely underrated, Hitchens’ take-no-prisoners approach to religion that seemed so radical at one time is sorely missed today.

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We Shouldn’t Say the Bible is a 2,000-Year-Old Book

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, explains why we should stop saying the Bible is a 2,000-year-old book.

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French Teacher Made Up ISIS-Inspired Knife Attack, Actually Stabbed Himself

Have you heard of the teacher in France who was attacked by a boxcutter-wielding, ISIS-loving assailant?

Never happened.

The French authorities said on Monday that a teacher who claimed to have been stabbed with scissors and a box cutter at a preschool near Paris had fabricated the story. A police official in Aubervilliers confirmed that the teacher, who has not been identified, admitted to having invented the assault by a supporter of the Islamic State at the Jean Perrin preschool in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris.

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Marco Rubio Says He Would Appoint Supreme Court Justices Who Would Overturn Marriage Equality

With Donald Trump (still…) leading among conservative voters and second choice candidate Ted Cruz‘s poll numbers climbing, Marco Rubio is the party’s current number three candidate. Which isn’t bad, but obviously Rubio needs to up his game if he’s going to capture the support of the Republican voter.

With his own history of mishaps and radical policy positions, he’s got work to do. And, no, I don’t mean hardline opposition to reproductive care or LGBT rights or his dubious ideas about science; I’m talking about dangerous things like compromising on immigration. The appearance of moderation, however undeserved, may be good news in a general election, but it is probably pretty terrifying to a base that thinks theocratic rule is cool, banning Muslims is not a bad idea, and immigrants include a large number of rapists and terrorists.

So what’s a Republican saddled with the unfortunate appearance of reasonableness to do? Simple: take a fresh swipe at the rights of a minority group.

Since Trump and Cruz already have Muslims covered, Cruz recently went after atheists, and fearmongering about immigrants has already made way for fearmongering about refugees, it’s time to resurrect a classic Republican standby: attacking the rights of LGBT people to be married.

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Evangelical Plan to Recruit 1,000 Pastors Into Politics is Already Seeing Results

It was more than a year ago that David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, said he wanted to recruit 1,000 Christian pastors to run for public office (each with hundreds of Christian volunteers). If he succeeded, it would be a way to roll back LGBT rights, women’s rights, and many other progressive victories.

His unbelievable reason for doing this was that “For too many decades the Church has accepted the outlandish idea that it is not to be involved in politics.”

Which is news to all of us who see a Congress that’s 92% Christian and 0% atheist.

How’s his plan shaping up? The recruiting is well underway and the pastors are making sure their congregations are *wink wink* registered to vote.

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