April 15, 2015

Regrettably, the story of the failed child resurrection that I shared last week (here) did, indeed, have a terrible preamble.  Turns out that the failed resurrection of a two year old in Balch Springs, a Dallas suburb, was (allegedly) killed by his church. The child was starved to death because his church leaders believed the child was possessed. A pastor at a church in a Texas suburb has been accused of starving a two-year-old boy to death because she believed he… Read more

April 13, 2015

Editors’ Note: This post is part of a Patheos symposium —What Good Is Religion? Read more here. What Good is my Atheism? Can I objectively call my Atheism “good”? Honestly, I don’t know. Not believing doesn’t make me good or bad, it just means that I don’t believe in a god. I am an atheist and for me there is no compelling reason, or evidence, to accept the theory of his (or her) existence. That doesn’t mean much of anything… Read more

April 9, 2015

Guest Contribution – JazSng Note from Curator: Trigger warning. This one hits. You told me He loved me, but when I called His name, he wasn’t there. I still wilt a little remembering the first time my father touched me that way. He called me his Daisy. No man would touch me like that again until I was married. His caress was uncomfortable, but familiar to me, yet his words, which soothed the widow and moved the congregation, used to… Read more

April 8, 2015

If you want to see change, be the change. Frustrated minorities take a stand in Ferguson Change has to start somewhere, and why not at the voting booth? Two black candidates were among three people elected to the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, tripling African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of an 18-year-old black by a white police officer. So though not equal representation, its more… Read more

April 8, 2015

Fellow Patheos blogger Kathy Schiffer recently wrote an article “What Do Young Americans think of Jesus and how do we Change their Minds?” As both an Atheist and a father, I was intrigued. Kathy reviews the most recent Barna report, which corroborates a trend signaled by the Pew Forum, that belief is receding in the youth, particularly with millennials. Lets examine what the report says, through a former Catholic’s and current atheist’s eyes. We will first examine the top findings in the… Read more

April 3, 2015

Just outside of Dallas, TX in Balch Springs, a child’s death is under investigation by local police. The child died at home under ‘yet to be determined’ circumstances. When church and family members failed to revive the the two-year old in ‘a rising ceremony’, the child was taken to Mexico for burial. One of the residents at the house told police that the there was a “rising” ceremony on March 23 to resurrect the boy from the dead. Later, the… Read more

April 2, 2015

Guest Contributor: B-Real The desire to attend church abandoned my heart long ago, but it wasn’t until 7 years ago that I had the courage to physically walk away. My stark reality: church and all it encompassed no longer served any purpose in my life or the lives of my children. Other than vacillating between popular Christian catchphrases like: ‘god is good all the time, all the time god is good… or ‘god might not be there when you want… Read more

March 27, 2015

Please stop saying the CNN special on Atheism did not properly represent diversity in Atheism. It did. Let’s be real. Don’t get me wrong, I think that we are seeing greater steps towards inclusion by the “New Atheist Movement”, especially with the adoption of social justice and diversity issues into the national platform. I am excited about the future of where organizations like Hispanic Atheist and Freethinkers, Black Nonbelievers, Black Skeptics,  EX-Muslims of America, and others are going. I am equally… Read more

March 25, 2015

This was incredibly sad story to hear. Blake Brockington, an 18-year-old transgender teen from Charlotte, has committed suicide just over a year after his former school East Mecklenburg High School named him North Carolina’s first transgender homecoming king. Blake, who lived as a female but identified as male until his sophomore year in high school, was crowned homecoming king last year.  The late activist raised an impressive $2,555.55 for his charity, Mothering Across Continents.  After becoming his state’s first transgender homecoming… Read more

March 25, 2015

I may still be waiting for a different kind of Kirk Franklin’s Revolution, where equality is everything and separation from church and state absolute, but I was happy to read my fellow Patheos blogger weigh in last week and join in the chorus against Pulpit Profiteering. Way to go Kirk!   He said in his post: “When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary in Somalia bathes children with sores, that’s a shortage of character…. Read more

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