Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Login

Who Would Jesus Snuff?

Looks like gOd has whispered the answer to yet another theist who is much more open-minded to the possibility of such things than any atheist I know:
Roanoke Man Charged With Threatening To Kill President Obama (WSET-TV; Dec 6)
ROANOKE, Virginia: A Roanoke man is facing federal charges after making threatening comments to the Secret Service [...]

Follow The Money

Ah, the holiday season is upon us.
Soon the newspapers will once again be full of stories about how churches are giving turkeys and toys to the poor.
Here’s a brief reminder of how they’ve more typically been spending their time and money in the month that I’ve been away:
Arizonia Church To Unveil $4.5 Million In Renovations [...]

Is Desmond Tutu Insane?

I suppose you remember who Desmond Tutu is.
If not, here’s a brief excerpt from his Wikipedia bio that will bring you up to speed:

The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African activist and Christian cleric who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. [...]

Beliefs Have Consequences

And supernatural beliefs sometimes have consequences so horrible, they stagger the imagination.
Here’s a terrible reminder of these simple facts:
Mozambican Boy Castrated For Witchcraft (Capital Bews/AFP; Oct 15)
MAPUTO: Two men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for cutting off a nine-year-old boy’s testicles, penis and eyes to sell to a Malawian witchdoctor, Mozambican [...]

Francis Collins Admits Healing Prayers Don’t Work

Instead, he prays for wisdom – as if that works any better.
You can learn the details at the end of this recent essay of his (which you might find interesting for several other reasons as well):
Praying For My Friend Christopher Hitchens (Francis Collins/The Washington Post/On Faith; Sept 20)
I first met Christopher Hitchens at [...]

Update On Those Fools For Christ…

… and for those scam artists working in his name:
US Church Financier Faces Ponzi Scheme Trial (Charles Wilson/The Associated Press; Oct 12)
INDIANAPOLIS: Karen and Fred Lamb tried to do their homework before investing their savings in an Indiana company’s fund to help churches build or expand. After talking with church friends and checking out [...]

Hope For Young Atheists

Were you an atheist, agnostic, rationalist, humanist, or other type of non-theist during your early to mid teenage years?
Did you feel isolated? Alone? Alienated? Shunned?
Did you ever find yourself wishing that there was a group of like-minded people you could hook up with for mutual support and enlightenment?
Alas, no such groups existed when I was [...]

NPR: What Fair & Balanced Really Sounds Like

Secular Students Find Their Place On Campus (Michel Martin/NPR; Oct 8)
Religious surveys find that 15 percent of Americans identify themselves as non-religious. Now, college students who identify that way are finding or creating opportunities to fellowship with others that fall into that category. But how does identifying as atheist, agnostic or humanist play out [...]

Same As It Ever Was

One of the great things about science is that it has obviously progressed over time.
One of the terrible things about religion is that it’s progressed so little despite having a much longer history.
While scientists have embraced increasingly sophisticated techniques and theories over the centuries, religious adherents seem to have been content to stay in the [...]

Jerry Coyne Speaks out!

And now for something completely different – a refreshing dose of sanity:
Science And Religion Aren’t Friends (Jerry A. Coyne/USA Today; Oct 11)
Religion in America is on the defensive.
Atheist books such as The God Delusion and The End of Faith have, by exposing the dangers of faith and the lack of evidence [...]