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Atheists Are Not Oppressed, says LA Times Writer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paul Thornton, an atheist and a researcher for the Editorial Pages department of the LA Times, has an opinion piece in today’s paper where he argues: Yes, atheists are disliked, but we should not pretend we face the same oppression that gays/blacks/Muslims have faced: [Richard] Dawkins, [Sam] Harris and other secularists are correct in pointing […]

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Where Are All the Atheist Women?

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the American Atheists convention, there were more women (at least ratio-wise) than I’ve seen at just about any other atheist/skeptic event. It was nice to have them there, but this convention, like all others, was short-lived. It raises the question of why there are relatively few women in the secular movement. Why is it […]

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Conservatives are Losing Ground

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harold Henderson at the Daily Harold summarizes a recent Pew Research Center survey: It’s not easy being a traditionalist conservative. First, you assert that your views about gays and women are timeless truths. Then, you change them. According to the report (PDF), conservative values are falling by the wayside. Keeping in mind the value of […]

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HisHolySpace

Reading Time: 2 minutes As if MySpace didn’t have enough clones, Robert’s Thought’s (can someone explain the second apostrophe?) tells us about a new one: HisHolySpace. What is HHS? … HisHolySpace.com separates itself from other online religious community sites, by only allowing those religions that follow [the aforementioned] Core Christian Essentials, to be promoted on the site. Anyone from […]

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Falwell, Meet Me at Camera Three

Reading Time: < 1 minute Maya over at Masquerade has an entertaining satire of fundamental Christians, from the perspective of someone who believes they’re not fundamental enough. (Garrison Keillor, take some lessons.) An excerpt: We humans sometimes forget our place in the world. We think that we’re just animals like all the other creatures, instead of created in God’s image. […]

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Garrison Keillor Adds to Gay Stereotypes

Reading Time: < 1 minute Garrison Keillor (of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion”) has an essay up on Salon where he writes the following: I grew up the child of a mixed-gender marriage that lasted until death parted them, and I could tell you about how good that is for children, and you could pay me whatever you think […]

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Why I’m Not An Angry Atheist

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recent comments: …you’re entirely too nice and not forthright enough in your attacks on religious belief. You also seem to cozy up with the delusional too much and aren’t willing to engage them or challenge their inane ideas. Sarcastic comments like the ones you often provide don’t force the religious to examine their faith. Cut […]

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Ted Haggard’s Massage Table

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mike Jones, the male escort who serviced Ted Haggard, is putting the infamous Haggard massage table on eBay. Proceeds from the auction go to Project Angel Heart. They provide meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. According to Jones, the table has a few tears but is totally usable… [Insert your own inappropriate gay joke […]

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An Evening with Rob Bell

Reading Time: 4 minutes The foreword to I Sold My Soul on eBay is written by a pastor named Rob Bell. If you’re an atheist, maybe you haven’t heard of him. I hadn’t until last summer. Same deal if you’re a Christian over 30. But in the past several months, I’ve run into a large number of younger Christians […]

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My Experience at a Christian Talk Show

Reading Time: 5 minutes On Tuesday, I was in Dallas taping a couple episodes of Life Today, a Christian talk show. I was with my friend Jim Henderson. You can read his thoughts here. My observations from the weekend: When going out for lunch with Jim and the book’s publicist Joel Kneedler, I saw a store called Mardel Christian […]