Christian website runs article “When God Sends Your Daughter a Black Husband”

Presumably the alternatives "When God Sends You a Racist Mother-in-Law" and "Help! My Mom Sounds Like a White Supremacist" were rejected in the editing room.The article begins: For years I prayed for a young man I had yet to meet: my daughter’s husband. I asked the Lord to make him godly, kind, a great dad, and a good provider. I was proud of a wish list void of unrealistic expectations. After all, I knew not to ask for a college football quarterback who loved puppies, majored in nu … [Read more...]

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Two meaningless creationist ‘science’ lessons

This week, a woman who works in an ACE school in Canada joined the Facebook group Accelerated Christian Education Exposed (which you're welcome to join). To her credit, she was genuinely interested to learn why the group's members dislike ACE. Less to her credit, this was because she could not fathom anyone not loving ACE. The group is public, so I'll use her real name, Cindy.The thread she started ended up with more than 100 posts, with dozens of ex-ACE students explaining why they felt … [Read more...]

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Brexit: Now shall the Antichrist arise!

I had lunch with a friend this week who, like me, grew up expecting the Rapture to happen any day. We talked about the European Union referendum, which quickly led on to the evangelical conspiracy theories about the EU we grew up with.Knowing something about my readers' political views, I'm guessing not many of you are celebrating today's European Union Referendum result. I was foolishly confident Britain would vote to remain in the EU, so I thought you'd enjoy chuckling about what ev … [Read more...]

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The sacrifice of reason

I'm always jealous of people who seem to have been born inquisitive. When you talk to some humanists about their religious upbringings, it sounds as though they were constantly following their parents and Sunday school teachers around asking difficult questions. I have images of four-year-olds tugging on their mothers' dresses and going: Mummy, after the Ark landed on Ararat, how did the kangaroos, platypuses, and koalas get to Australia without leaving any evidence of the journey?Mummy, if … [Read more...]

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Like it or not, we need Christian allies

Last year, a friend of mine received a cry for help email from a home schooled child (let's call them Frankie). It was the kind of thing you read over and over again at Homeschoolers Anonymous. Frankie had a physically abusive drunk for a father. They were frequently left alone to study their PACEs (Accelerated Christian Education workbooks), and they were bored out of their mind. They couldn't understand the maths PACEs and had no one to help them. Although an inspector from ACE had visited the … [Read more...]

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When your family finds Jesus and you don’t

There's a lot of writing out there about the strain on relationships when you leave a religion and your family remains committed. But what about the reverse situation, when your previously unreligious family members suddenly get enthusiastic about Jesus?It might not be a problem, but if they get enthusiastic about the kind of Christianity which encourages them to separate themselves from worldly people, it can be an extremely painful process. I recently received this email (edited to remove p … [Read more...]

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When it comes right down to it, I’m still a fundamentalist

Samantha Field, my favourite Christian blogger by a distance, has written about fundamentalism and (some of you won't like this) atheists who think like fundamentalists. Unfortunately, it seems like there’s a lot of atheists out there who gave up on their religion, but didn’t give up fundamentalism. A little while ago I remarked on Twitter that it seems like atheists have more in common with Christian fundamentalists in their views on the Bible than they do with me ...It’s perpetually frust … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham says teaching evolution is child abuse

On Monday, Answers in Genesis' professional mouth Ken Ham posted on Facebook:Intellectual child abuse: when kids are taught they’re just animals in an evolutionary process. This morning I taught kids the creation/gospel message!The young people today in Alabama learned they’re not made in the image of an ape -- they’re created in the image of God. Most of you will have heard Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss make the same accusation against the teaching of creationism. In this conte … [Read more...]

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Not a Nice Story

Guest post by Darcy Anne. From babyhood they said "You are a dirty sinner, there is nothing good in you, you are destined for hell because of your nature."So we, small humans, awoke to a world where toddlers need the sin and foolishness beaten out of them with switches and wooden spoons and belts.They said "Only with Jesus are you worth anything."So as small children we begged Jesus to come into our hearts and make the dirty clean.They said "Because of your sin, … [Read more...]

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“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 the Britain's most obviously indefensible inspectorate, the Telegraph includes some quotes that undercover reporters had recorded teachers saying in schools … [Read more...]

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