Two churches in Philadelphia have killed more than two dozen children through prayer.

I just read an article about two faith-healing churches in Philadelphia.  Between the two of them, they have been responsible for the deaths of more than two dozen children. Families who attend Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia and First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park have lost more than two dozen children to illness [Read More...]

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Don’t worry: atheists are still going to hell.

So Jose Bergoglio said he’d like to meet with atheists on the common ground of doing good.  The Vatican was quick to point out that because atheists can be kind doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of burning for all eternity.  You still need to believe a guy walked on water to be that good. On [Read More...]

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Christian metal singer arrested for hiring a hit man to kill his wife.

So this happened. The lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested and charged with seeking to have his wife killed, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities said Tuesday that Tim Lambesis tried to contract an undercover detective posing as a killer for hire to murder his estranged [Read More...]

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John Stemberger doesn’t like that out gays can be boy scouts.

CNN blogs has an article posted by John Stemberger.  This is who he is: John Stemberger is an Eagle Scout and president of On My Honor, a coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting donors, Eagle Scouts and others affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America who are united in their support of Scouting’s timeless [Read More...]

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The Perspective Test

Christina here… Here is a method one might employ to determine whether some argument you or someone else is making seems reasonable. This is best applied when thinking about your own perspective or when talking to people who tend to scoff at more logical arguments. It’s what I call The Perspective Test, or the What-if-someone-did-that-to-you? [Read More...]

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It’s unfortunate the law allows law enforcement officials to indulge a couple of malicious, anti-gay parents.

I want to comment on the story of Kaitlyn Hunt.  She was, up until recently, a senior at a high school in Sebastian, FL.  She was dating another girl at the high school, a freshman.  The two girls are about 3.5 years apart, with Kaitlyn being 18 and her younger girlfriend having just turned 15.  [Read More...]

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On the pope’s desire to meet with atheists on the common ground of goodness.

As Dan Fincke points out, the pope has stated he wants to meet atheists on the common ground of goodness.  Bergoglio said: The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children [Read More...]

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Members of the Arizona legislature displeased with atheist’s prayer.

The other day Arizona state congressman Juan Mendez, an atheist, was slated to give the opening prayer.  He quoted Carl Sagan and gave a perfectly beautiful secular comment.  This, of course, infuriated some theists. Republican Rep. Steve Smith on Wednesday said the prayer offered by Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez of Tempe at the beginning of [Read More...]

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My take on the Ball State not-really-science course.

Anne wrote a killer post earlier about the new class that may be offered at the publicly-funded school.  I spent a good ten minutes ranting to my brother this morning about it and wasn’t done ranting, so here’s another post with my less-measured feelings. We will also investigate physical reality and the boundaries of science [Read More...]

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Science vs. Prayer

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Classroom Proselytising: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Anne here… Ball State University is a publicly funded institution of higher learning in Muncie, Indiana. A possible violation of the separation of church and state has raised the eyebrows of students in a certain  science class, “The Boundaries of Science,” taught by physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin.  The course fulfills a science requirement [Read More...]

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Streaming dat League of Legends.

Gonna play some LoL.  Join me if you feel so led.  Watch live video from jteberhard on www.twitch.tv   [Read more...]

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Children accused of witchcraft by the tens of thousands in the Congo.

In the Congo, somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 children are being held in churches because they are believed to be witches. There are around 50,000 children being held in churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of witchcraft, a BBC film team has discovered. Branded a Witch shows Kevani Kanda exploring the secretive [Read More...]

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Virginia has a real winner for Lieutenant Governor.

Virginia’s new Lt. Governor is a man named E.W. Jackson.  To give you a taste of what he thinks, here’s this: Jackson, a virtual unknown who has never held public office, has grabbed headlines in recent days as Democrats immediately seized on his past comments on abortion, race and homosexuality. He suggested that Planned Parenthood [Read More...]

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