How Christianity set me up to become a pickup artist

In my last post, I talked about how Christianity taught me to be a Nice Guy. Here’s how that ended. Towards the end of my degree, I became friends with a woman who still went to an evangelical church. At this point I wasn’t really sure what I believed. I knew most of what I’d believed all [Read More...]

Me with two friends at the height of my Nice Guy period. The guy on the right is the one who will never let me live down my drunken outburst.

Christians make the best Nice Guys (but not the nicest guys)

I’ve been thinking about Nice Guys. I used to be a Nice Guy. I like to think I’m still a nice guy, but I think I’ve done enough to ditch the capital letters. Nice Guys, for those of you who never go on Tumblr, are that species of male who… well, let me show you with an [Read More...]

Bristol Palin in 2011. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Bristol Palin, you are not a disappointment

My Patheos colleague (if I can call her that), Bristol Palin, is pregnant again, and I don’t like any of the reactions I’m seeing. I loathe the choruses of schadenfreude from my fellow atheists and ex-Christians, jeering her hypocritical advocacy for abstinence, for which she reportedly earned close to $1 million. I hate the rush [Read More...]


“Why didn’t Allies do more?” demands organisation that sent Hitler a birthday card

The head of an organisation which vigorously opposed the Third Reich by providing no official resistance has criticised the Allies for failing to stop the Holocaust. “Why didn’t you bomb the railway lines to concentration camps?” asked Pope Francis, adding “The Holy Roman Church made an uncompromising stand by sending birthday greetings to Hitler in 1939 [Read More...]


“You need to free yourself from the influence of Satan”, said the schoolteacher.

The Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI), which allowed some private Christian and Muslim schools to choose their own inspectors, has ceased to be. It is an ex-inspectorate. The writing was on the wall after Ofsted’s chief inspector totally slated it at the end of last year, although I’d written about it before. Reporting on the demise of [Read More...]

Parish Priest (image in the public domain)

Compulsory worship in schools is indoctrination, and it has to stop.

Today the BBC reports that former Education Secretary Charles Clarke is calling for an end to compulsory worship in schools. The first reason given in the BBC’s article is that the current requirement is, in practice, not enforced, but that doesn’t actually tell us whether or not compulsory worship is a good thing. I don’t [Read More...]


It’s time for Christians to admit Jesus doesn’t change people

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Growing up, I was always taught that the blood of Jesus washes away our sins. It was not simply that we were forgiven—God actually made it so that it was as though [Read More...]

Much to my amusement, this image came up when I searched for copyright-free images of HEAV. I'm pretty sure Boyer would say this woman is dressed like a harlot.  Image by AllAcronyms.com, creative commons.

Virginia home schooling chief praises child abuser Duggar as ‘exemplary’

This is a guest post by R.L. Stollar, Homeschoolers Anonymous Community Coordinator. It is reposted with permission from Homeschoolers Anonymous. “Jim Bob just radiates Christ.” ~ Doug Phillips at the 2009 Men’s Leadership Summit Rick Boyer, board member of Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) and recent partner with HSLDA (what’s that?) for HEAV’s March 2015 Leadership [Read More...]

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Had Josh Duggar been prosecuted, Duggars would have lost the right to home school.

In the state of Arkansas, where the Duggars reside, it is illegal to homeschool if there is a sex offender present in the home. Yes, it turns out Arkansas has at least one very sensible home schooling law. The Act in question is No. 1787 of 2001 — passed one year before the reported start of Josh [Read More...]

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Ray Comfort’s fans line up to normalise child sexual assault

In the wake of the news that Josh Duggar sexually assaulted his sisters—sometimes while they slept—evangelicals have a choice. They can either look very hard at the situation and themselves, and ask what can be done to make this type of thing less likely to happen again, or they can pretend this is normal. Guess [Read More...]