Islamic State Beheads Third Western Captive

An ISIS executioner stands beside British aid worker David Haines.

“A Message to the Allies of America" - A video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines has been released by the Islamic State.The video, entitled "A Message to the Allies of America," was posted Saturday to a website associated with the Islamic State. The video shows the beheading of Haines, and calls his execution "a message to the allies of America."The 44-year-old Haines is the third Western captive to be executed by the Islamic State, following the beheadings of A … [Read more...]

‘Duck Dynasty’ star urges Christians to convert Atheists via Nicolas Cage

The power of Nicolas Cage compels you? “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson is urging Christians to show atheists a new Nicolas Cage movie, claiming the film has the power to convert the non-believers.The Duck Dynasty star recently released a video promoting the new faith-based film “Left Behind” starring Nicolas cage.Robertson said that the film, which he described as “an action-packed thriller that will take viewers on a wild ride to the day of the Rapture,” would encourage atheists and … [Read more...]

Sam Harris schools Obama on the nature of Islam

Sleepwalking Towards Armageddon: In a new blog post Sam Harris rejects the claim made by President Obama and others that the Islamic State is somehow “not Islamic.”The post, entitled Sleepwalking Towards Armageddon, argues that the failure by Obama and others to recognize the self-evident fact that Islam leads some people to do horrible things will only perpetuate the horror.Last night President Obama delivered a prime-time address from the White House about his plan for fighting the Isla … [Read more...]

Secular Americans campaign to remove ‘under God’ from Pledge of Allegiance

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Godless and Proud: Secular Americans and other patriots are supporting the "Stand up for America by Sitting Down" campaign to call out the intolerant and discriminatory phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.In protest of the misleading and divisive phrase, the American Humanist Association has launched a national campaign to encourage individuals to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance until the phrase “under God” is removed from it.The campaign includes YouTube video ads, as well as … [Read more...]

Star Trek: Humanism For The Win

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Happy Birthday Star Trek! 48 years ago today Star Trek debuted on NBC, changing the face of popular culture, and introducing a generation to the moral and intellectual virtues of humanism.The brainchild of self-identified “agnostic atheist” Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek offered a bold new vision of a world where no one had gone before: a radical, progressive vision of the future, a future embracing all cultures and all people, a future eschewing religious superstition and dogma.The sur … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson tells 80-year-old woman to get a job because Jesus needs money

Televangelist Pat Robertson told an 80-year-old woman with money problems to keep giving to God, even if it means she must get a job and start selling her belongings on eBay.Earlier this week Robertson responded to a letter written by an 80-year-old viewer on his television program The 700 Club. The following is an excerpt from that letter: My husband and I are in our 80s and have been tithing for many years. We both love the Lord and give willingly and our tithe is over 10 … [Read more...]

‘Burn White Jesus’ challenge sweeps social media

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#BurnWhiteJesus: A challenge to “Burn White Jesus” is firing up on social media. Videos of individuals, primarily African Americans, burning popular images of a white Jesus Christ are being uploaded and shared across social media platforms.The challenge to burn white Jesus, also known as “The White Jesus Picture Challenge,” seems to be a recognition that the common portrayal of Christ as a man of white european heritage is false, and that the image of a white Jesus has been used to advance wh … [Read more...]

Fear of Islamophobia prevents honest discussion of Islamic State

Denial of the simple fact that the Islamic State is in fact Islamic is dishonest and detrimental to clear thinking about a pressing issue of profound international import.When in doubt, spout a tautology: The Islamic State is Islamic.Do all Muslims support the Islamic State? No. Do all Muslims agree that the Islamic State is a legitimate expression of Islam? No.However, some Muslims, a large minority of Muslims, do support the Islamic State, and do believe that the Islamic State is … [Read more...]