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…]

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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…]

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More than half the residents of my hometown think sometimes it’s ok to kill for faith.

My hometown paper ran a poll that we did not crash over the question “Do you think any religion is worth killing for?”  By a tally of 107 to 102, the residents of Baxter County answered “yes.”  This isn’t the Middle East.  This is rural Arkansas in the United States. So when the fundamentalist Christian residents [Read More…]

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Pastor brags of punching student who “didn’t take god seriously.”

Saw this on Hemant’s blog: Turn the other cheek?  Fuck that.  Punch him if he doesn’t believe you.  In this fantasy the kid says “Oh, you punched me.  Jesus must be real.”  In the real world this jackass gets arrested. Note how he says the kid was “bright” which made him “more dangerous.”  So not [Read More…]

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In Saudi Arabia, words speak louder than actions.

The government of Saudi Arabia decried the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, where a group of Muslim were once again so incensed by cartoons that they caused physical damage in the world, in this case in the form of murdering cartoonists, as a “cowardly attack.”  Awesome.  That’s a step.  But without action it’s empty words. [Read More…]

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“Authentication.”

Yesterday 212 college atheist/skeptic groups were sent an email that would’ve been intimidating if the authors were, well, intimidating.  The subject of the email was “Authentication,” perhaps in an effort meant to command respect but shrieks of begging for attention.  Here’s the email in all its glory. I hereby declare- you to be – – [Read More…]

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Islamic militant group Boko Haram commits its bloodiest massacre to date.

It’s not just cartoonists: This week, Boko Haram, the Islamist terror group based in northern Nigeria, launched a massive attack on the town of Baga, killing dozens, according to Reuters. Other initial reports put the number of dead in the hundreds or thousands. The attack is the latest in the group’s increasingly bloody campaign to establish an Islamic state in [Read More…]

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Taylor Swift is turning your children gay.

I knew she was up to something: Larry Tomczak is now suggesting children are learning ‘homosexuality is a beautiful way of life’ because of the many pro-gay messages on television. Well, they’re learning that love is beautiful…because it is.  They’re also learning that being gay is acceptable…because it is. He suggests people like Ellen DeGeneres [Read More…]

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There are mainstream figures who really aren’t convinced Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists didn’t deserve to die.

Terry Firma over at the Friendly Atheist blog has a collection of comments from people who are not insignificant essentially saying the journalists at Charlie Hebdo who were shot for drawing cartoons of Muhammad were not entirely blameless.  To quote his warning of caution from atop his post: [Caution: This post contains brain-crunching sentiments like “They asked [Read More…]

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Baxter county faces a long list of documented abuse of power and discrimination in lawsuit.

Here’s a copy of the lawsuit filed against Baxter County, Arkansas (the courthouse of which resides in my hometown of Mountain Home) with regard to the local nativity.   And here are many of the relevant facts: 1.  The display has been put up every year by local attorney Rick Spender.  Save for one Santa, [Read More…]

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