Court Rules Against Texas Parents Who Stopped Homeschooling Their Nine Kids Because “They Were Going To Be Raptured”

One of the biggest concerns I have about the Christian homeschooling movement is that its proponents usually oppose any form of regulation. They don’t want anyone checking up on parents to make sure they’re doing the bare minimum necessary to educate their children, a stance that allows neglectful parents to slip through the cracks.

Michael McIntyre and Laura McIntyre are perfect examples of what I’m talking about. In 2004, they removed all nine of their children from a private school so they could be homeschooled. But Michael’s brother Tracy said he “never observed the children pursuing traditional schoolwork” when they were supposed to be learning.

The reason?

Tracy overhead one of the McIntyre children tell a cousin that they did not need to do schoolwork because they were going to be raptured.

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Comedian Ian Harris Jokes About The God Delusion and the Meaning of “Theory”

Comedian Ian Harris has a new special out called “Critical & Thinking” with plenty of bits about religion and science. The clips below focus on The God Delusion and evolution. Really great material:

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RIP, Robin Williams

Well, shit. Comedian, actor, and all-around lovable personality Robin Williams is dead. Paul Fidalgo reminds us that no amount of success can overcome depression regardless of what we think, and JT Eberhard offers an additional take on the mental health aspect of his passing.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 9: Joe Jervis,

Our latest podcast guest is Joe Jervis, the prolific blogger at Joe. My. God.

Jervis runs quite possibly the most popular personal blog about LGBT issues in the world. He’s been writing on the site for more than 10 years — a lifetime in the Internet world. His site has received multiple awards from groups like GLAAD, CBS News and The Village Voice. We spoke with Joe about how he manages to cover seemingly *everything* in the LGBT world, his unique vacation habits, and the biggest problems in his community.

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Gallup Says LGBT Americans Are Less Religious Than the General Public. (In Related News, the Sun is Hot)

According to a new Gallup poll that will surprise exactly none of you, LGBT people are significantly less religious than the general population:

Why might that be the case? The obvious reason is that many religious traditions see homosexuality as a problem to solve, not a reality to embrace, and why would LGBT individuals want to be part of those traditions?

But Gallup’s Frank Newport offers additional possibilities:

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