October 15, 2019

The Attorney General in the US is a controversial figure for a whole host of reasons. The other day, this devout Catholic raged against militant secularists in a speech he gave to Notre Dame law students. Mother Jones reports: In a speech at University of Notre Dame’s law school Friday, Barr blamed “secularists” and “so-called progressives” for wreaking havoc on American society. Barr’s depiction of a war between the non-religious and people of faith shocked legal experts, who saw Barr’s defense… Read more

October 15, 2019

Another one from the American Humanist Association: Leaders at the American Humanist Association are deeply troubled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s advancement of Christian leadership in a speech on Saturday, October 12th and the subsequent promotion of that speech on the homepage of the official website of the Department of State. “While today may be a great day to be a Christian nationalist, it’s a terrible day to be a person who cares deeply about the United States of America,… Read more

October 15, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: Attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) sent a letter late Friday to officials at the Cherokee Community School District in Cherokee, Iowa, on behalf of a parent of a local first grade student. The student’s class plans to visit a private Christian school (Northwestern College) in Orange City, Iowa, to attend a performance of “Jonah and the Giant Fish” on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Promoting attendance at a depiction of an explicitly Christian biblical… Read more

October 14, 2019

[This is a repost of an old piece from my previous blog by Andy Schueler – I would love him to still be hanging around these parts! It includes reference to JohnM, a biblical literalist and creationist who has, on occasion, commented here, too.] Psalm 137 is one of the most famous Psalms, it has been set to music by many composers (you have most likely heard the famous interpretation by Boney M), but virtually always, the last verse is… Read more

October 13, 2019

Uganda is one of those countries that has had the unfortunate “privilege” of receiving money and missionaries from the United States. And those missionaries and that money isn’t about making the country a nicer, more cohesive country. It’s not about pulling those communities together. And this has been a long-term strategy. Just imagine going to all of this effort and work, in a different country (the US), just to set the objective, “We need to work hard to get those… Read more

October 12, 2019

Richard Tice is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Brexit is the never-ending sh!tstorm, the gift that keeps on giving. Mehdi Hasan has given some fantastic interviews recently that do not let points lie. He’s great and here he gives Tice, rightfully, a proper hard time. This is not a post about religion, but one about interviews and, by extension, journalists. I have long argued that they do not give their interviewees nearly enough of a hard time, and… Read more

October 12, 2019

This is great. Warren also gives a slant on this from a religious bent, too. Read more

October 11, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: The American Humanist Association (AHA) legal team just admonished leaders at the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District in southern Mississippi after repeated constitutional violations. These egregious violations of the constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state include prayer over the intercom at football games, a football coach who hosts weekly meetings for the team at a local Baptist church, and a teacher repeatedly invoking Jesus in an accounting class. “The Constitution emphatically prohibits public school teachers… Read more

October 11, 2019

In a recent article in another blog here on Patheos, on the subject of not voting as a matter of principle, the following comment was posted by Greg Wertz: The problem here is that no matter how fervently you believe you are part of some magical Kingdom in the sky, you are most definitely part (of) whatever country you happen to live in here on Earth. And like it or not, not voting is still voting. So if you think… Read more

October 10, 2019

Trump has long made me angry. I am now more angry with him – disappointed, annoyed, fed up, confused yet unsurprised – than I thought I could be. And I always say this, but I simply cannot understand how his supporters can still muster the cognitive dissonance to remain faithful to him. This is not a political blog, though it often ends up there (after all, politics is a subset of morality), but an atheistic, philosophical one. Okay, the link… Read more

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