This Courageous Middle Eastern Atheist Uses YouTube to Spread His Message

The Daily Beast‘s Nancy A. Youssef has a great profile of Ismail Mohammed, a Middle Eastern atheist whose uses YouTube to convince viewers to join him down a non-religious path:

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Disproving Gods with History and Science

In this video, Dr. Richard Carrier talks about the history of religion, what various Gods have in common, and why it’s all just fiction:

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Tennessee Legislators Introduce Useless Bill To Protect Pastors from Gay Marriage

Now that marriage equality is going nationwide, there’s a looming question of how the ruling will affect Christians. (Well, okay, it’s only looming in the minds of willfully ignorant people.)

The answer, of course, is that gay marriage won’t affect Christians at all.

Pastors who think gays and lesbians have cooties will continue to have the legal right to believe that and act on it in their churches. Everyone knows that. No one has ever said otherwise. The First Amendment already guarantees that right.

But Tennessee State Representatives Andy Holt and Bryan Terry have co-sponsored a bill making that already-in-place law even more clear.

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Texas Attorney General: Christian Clerks Are Allowed to Discriminate Against Gay Couples

Liberals have long maintained that if gay marriage were legalized, pastors would not have to perform those ceremonies and their churches wouldn’t be obligated to host gay weddings. Now that marriage equality has gone nationwide, conservatives are doing anything they can to put up hurdles to gay and lesbian couples who may want to take advantage of the new reality.

In Texas today, Attorney General Ken Paxton (below) released a statement saying that government workers who have religious reasons for discriminating against gay couples are allowed to treat them like second-class citizens:

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What an Incredible Podcast This Is…

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a trip to California and spent several hours driving across the state to various places. We normally listen to podcasts in the car and I had downloaded Dan Carlin‘s Hardcore History in advance. I wasn’t sure why I downloaded it, other than I had heard good things about it and wanted to know what all the buzz was about.

I wasn’t expecting much. I never enjoyed my history classes in school. And the six most recent episodes of this podcast — each of which was a few hours long and had been published over a span of nearly two years — covered nothing but World War I.

On the surface, that sounded like torture to me. More than 20 hours listening to the details of a war that took place a hundred years ago? Shoot me now.

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