Moral Orel

I've recently discovered the stop-motion animated show "Moral Orel" on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. It's the story of a very devout 11-year-old boy, Orel, who lives in the fictional town of Moralton in the fictional state of Statesota (located between Kansas and Missouri). Orel loves church, but frequently misunderstands the religious moral principles he's being taught, leading to horrifying situations that have to be cleaned up by the end of each episode. For example, in the episode … [Read more...]

Are you Rapture Ready?

The rapture index, now at 156, has been trending lower recently which is great because I'm not ready for Old Pitch to start ruling the world just yet. Of course there is another upside. If the rapture happens tomorrow then those of us left behind can just walk around and take our pick of nice cars. So at least in the post-nuclear Mad Max apocalypse we'll be driving around in style. I can just see some Christian looking down from his cloud saying "Hey! Look at those bullet holes in my car! I only … [Read more...]

Everything is Permitted Under God

There was a great opinion piece in the Sunday Times by Slavoj Zizek (behind the subscription firewall here). An atheist from the former Yugoslavia, Zizek criticizes the "Karamozov fallacy" in which Christians have long-argued that without God everything is permitted. As he points out, the Enlightenment principles in Europe that led to large numbers of atheists over the past few centuries (a demographic that is still fast growing) has shown the opposite to be true. Post-Enlightenment humanistic … [Read more...]

Atheist sells chance to save soul on eBay

DePaul University graduate student Hemant Mehta--an atheist and chairman of the Secular Student Alliance--sold, on eBay, the chance to save his soul. His offer was that for each $10 of the final bid, he would attend one hour of church services, and document the results on his blog. The winning bidder (at $504, which was donated to the Secular Student Alliance) was Jim Henderson, a former evangelical minister from Seattle, who instead hired Mehta to attend 10-15 services of Henderson's choosing … [Read more...]

Church Burnings

The church fires of the past three months were very puzzling. At first, with black churches being set ablaze, it seemed like a classic hate crime. But then white churches went up in flames too. The mystery is only partly solved with the just-announced arrest of three white college students, all of whom met each other at Birmingham-Southern College. Yet, why would students at an elite Christian school (affiliated with United Methodist) allegedly torch area churches? Just for the thrill of it? … [Read more...]

Henry M. Morris

Henry M. Morris, the leading figure of creationism in the 20th century, died on February 25 (See also the ICR site). He was instrumental in the revival of young-earth creationism, through his writings, his tireless work among conservative Christians, and his institution-building. His influence will live on for a long time yet; even Muslim creationists today borrow wholesale from the Protestant creationist movement inspired by Morris.In terms of intellectual substance, Morris's views are hard to … [Read more...]

Wafa Sultan interview

There's an interesting selection from an interview with Wafa Sultan, a secular Arab-American, broadcast on Al Jazeera. (Thanks to D J Grothe for mentioning this.) It's an eloquent expression of secularist frustration with fundamentalist Islam.It's unfortunate that this appears on the web site of MEMRI, a right-wing Islamophobic organization who I don't trust very much. Still, just because they have an eye out for anything that puts Islam or Arabs in a bad light, they occasionally come across … [Read more...]

Operation Clambake

I'd like to give a quick shout out to Andreas Heldal-Lund who continues to maintain Operation Clambake, a clearinghouse of valuable information on the Church of Scientology. Many of us infidels have corresponded with Andreas over the years and I remember a particularly tough time he went through five years ago keeping the secret library of Scientology online despite enormous pressures from the Church's legal team to remove all traces of these documents from the internet. So if you have burning … [Read more...]


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