ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Egyptians at the Beach, Feeding the Persecution Complex of American Christians

My friend Ben Corey, an Anabaptist blogger here at Patheos, has called out the ridiculous persecution complex of American Christians before.

But not like this.

Just ask yourselves, he pleads with Evangelicals and other Christian conservatives,

… what you’d say to those 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded on the beach this weekend.

Corey is referring to the words-fail-me cruelty that ISIS perpetrated in its latest video: the brutal mass killing of Egyptian Christians who had reportedly migrated to look for work and fell into the hands of the Islamist death cult. The Allah worshipers sawed off their captives’ heads while the victims cried in vain to their God.

I can hear the cries of “we know how you feel!” in my mind as I write this.



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 42: Peter Boghossian, Author of A Manual for Creating Atheists

Our latest podcast guest is Peter Boghossian, author of the book A Manual for Creating Atheists.



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Arkansas Legislature Pulls Out All the Stops to Block LGBT Equality — and Other Civil Rights, Too

The Arkansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that will block cities and counties from enacting their own policies to protect LGBT people from discrimination — or, for that matter, creating any civil rights ordinances outside those put in place by the state.

SB202 bars cities and counties in the state of Arkansas from ensuring civil rights protections for any group not already specified in the state law. Currently, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 protects against discrimination based on the following characteristics:

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The Associated Press Describes Mild-Mannered Atheism Memes as Carriers of “Vitriol”

In this news article, we learn from the Associated Press that triple-murder suspect Craig Stephen Hicks, according to his Facebook profile, loves his wife, his dog, hiking, nature, history, target shooting, and riding a motorcycle.

Then AP writers Allen G. Breed and Michael Biesecker need a segue to talk about Hicks’ atheism. So they came up with this:

But such descriptions stand in stark contrast to the vitriol Hicks espoused online.

Sounds serious. Make sure you’re sitting down as you behold these terrifying descriptions of pure malice.



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There’s a Christian Version of Fifty Shades of Grey in Theaters Right Now

You all saw the big Valentine’s Day movie, right?

No, not Fifty Shades of Grey.

I mean the movie featuring another Christian:



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