Reading Time: < 1 minute Philadelphia has laws (PDF) against discrimination. You can’t get public funding if you want to exclude gays/atheists from your meetings. Which puts the Boy Scouts of America in a quandary. The Cradle of Liberty Council hosts about 64,000 scouts from surrounding areas. They “rent” a city-owned building on Logan Square for $1 a year. Fair-market […]
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This is the Best We Could Produce?
Reading Time: 2 minutes And by “we,” I mean brown people. Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is the new governor of Louisiana. He’s the first Indian governor in America’s history. While it’s great to see anyone break so many racial barriers, especially in the South, it’s unfortunate that Jindal could become the most prominent Indian-American in the country. Just like Mark […]
Islam and the decadent West – a comparison chart
Reading Time: < 1 minute By “londoner” at the b3ta board.
Evangelicals and Abortion
Reading Time: 2 minutes An excerpt from the new book Head and Heart: American Christianities by Garry Wills, along with commentary by Martin Marty: Wills contends, “It is not demonstrable that killing fetuses is killing persons. Not even the Evangelicals act as if it were. In that case, the woman seeking the abortion…is killing her own child.” If the […]
Senator Larry Craig Visited Mike Jones (a.k.a. Ted Haggard's Male Escort)
Reading Time: 2 minutes When I interviewed Pastor Ted Haggard’s former male escort Mike Jones a couple months ago, he told me he was sitting on a juicy piece of information. It involved a fairly well-known person. He wouldn’t tell me who it was. In fact, he said he was going to go public with it later that week… […]
Worst. Advice. Ever.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Man asks Salon‘s Cary Tennis for advice. His 13-year-old daughter is an evangelical Christian. He’s an atheist. She thinks he’s going to hell. He fears mentioning religion or evolution or the simple fact that there’s nothing wrong with being gay. What should he do? Cary’s advice: Go to church. If you go to church with […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute The Beliefnet interview I did has been picked up by some pretty top-notch blogs! The Freakonomics blog named it one of today’s FREAK-est links! One commenter there says this: It’s nice to see a tolerant atheist. Most of the atheists I know, especially the people who play an atheists on-line, are less tolerant than a […]
Another cartoonist enrages Muslims
Reading Time: 3 minutes BANGLADESHI authorities have arrested a cartoonist after drawings that Muslims said insulted their religion were published in a national newspaper, according to an AP report. A Home Ministry statement said Arifur Rahman’s sketches â€” titled “Name” â€” that came out on Monday in a weekly supplement of the Prothom Alo â€” “hurt the religious sentiments […]
Jesus Gets Nailed
Reading Time: < 1 minute You can add this movie to your blasphemy collection. Director Matthias Von Fistenberg‘s Passio is a gay porno. With Jesus. … Passio will surely make a few Fox News anchors explode – and not in a good way. In fact, it is safe to say that even those non-acolytes of the “fair and balanced” network […]
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t read the book. But damn, it looks interesting. It’s called Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature and it is written by Robin Brande. Here’s a trailer: Here is one reviewer’s summary: Mena’s friends are from her church. What kind of church, you may ask? The kind where […]