Guest post: In Defense of Religious Satire, A Pastafarian Response to the Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack

The following is a guest post from Andrea Jonathan Robert of the P.A.S.T.A. Foundation.  The P.A.S.T.A. Foundation has launched their first Membership campaign: “Can I Get a R’amen?!?!” This fundraising effort is a milestone for Pastafarian advocacy. If you want to help take a stand for religious equality, join today: In Defense of Religious Satire, A Pastafarian Response to [Read More...]

Pope suggests people who mock religion deserve violent response of some sort.

From the Pope: There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others. They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to [someone] if he says a curse word against my mother. There [Read More...]

Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid issues fatwa against building snowmen.

Saudi Arabia is having an unusually snowy winter right now, which means many people are making snowmen.  This has drawn the ire of Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid, who has been publicly adamant that the practice is forbidden in Islam: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and [Read More...]

Orthodox Jewish newspaper photoshops out female world leaders at Charlie Hebdo march.

Recently many of the world’s leaders marched on behalf of Charlie Hebdo.  Here’s a picture: Look at them all!  Men and women standing in solidarity against religious extremism.  What better response than to photoshop all the women out, as if their presence detracted from the march or as if they were unfit by birth to [Read More...]

Denver church cancels the funeral of a lesbian as the family waits for it to begin.

It seems that wherever I go religiously driven discrimination and assholery follow.  Just up the road from me in Denver a church has canceled the funeral for a woman, while her family waited for it to begin, because the deceased was a lesbian. Vanessa Collier (photo) was only 33 years old when she died in [Read More...]

Fox News Jeanine Pirro incites violence against Muslims in psychotic rant.

Want to see Jeanine Pirro at Fox News positively lose her mind in a violent and lunatic rant?  Here you go: It’s not political correctness, it’s that the situation is a delicate one awash with nuance.  I showed this video to my brother (a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst) who shook his head [Read More...]

Brain imaging studies confirm tribal religious beliefs can make people feel disproportionately superior/entitled.

Canadian psychologist Susan Pinker has an article in TIME about some recent research about how tribal religious beliefs can affect people (which is relevant in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks): While religion is exquisitely designed to bind people together, enabling them to trust and protect each other, denigrating outsiders can be the flip [Read More...]

North Carolina city forced to take down statue with the Christian flag.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State just scored a big victory in King City, North Carolina (and boy, is the Christian Post salty as sweat).  The city had a statue of a soldier praying over a cross holding a Christian flag, clearly an endorsement of Christianity on government land with government funds. [Read More...]

The Central African Republic is seeing unprecedented violence as Christians hunt down Muslims.

In the Central African Republic in the home to massive religious violence right now.  Under leader Michael Djotodia, the country’s first Muslim leader, violence against Christians became scarily problematic: Christians have also been victims of violence, targeted by Muslims in this complex communal conflict that U.N. and humanitarian officials fear could implode into genocide. Several [Read More...]

Another man accused of blasphemy gunned down in Pakistan.

It’s happened once again.  The mob in the Middle East has ended somebody’s life on the presumption that murder is a lesser crime than saying things the mob doesn’t like. Police say a 52-year-old Muslim man arrested for blasphemy was killed by gunmen after being released from jail. Police officer Mohammad Ayub said Thursday that [Read More...]