At the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, Richard Dawkins spoke with Jane Shaw of Stanford University about what constitutes a "meaningful life." A lot of it is a preview of his next book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science (the second half of his autobiography).
Here's a slippery slope argument for you: Gay marriage is now legal across the country... which means Christians will eventually be forbidden from holding public office.If that makes sense to you, then you must be Bryan Fischer:
Remember the anonymous woman who said she would go ahead with her planned abortion unless pro-lifers raised $1 million (which she said would be put in a trust fund for the child)?Turns out it was a hoax. A great big publicity stunt.
I posted much of this yesterday, but because of new developments today, I'm putting this right back up with the update....Nearly a year ago, we learned that the Brevard County Commissioners in Florida (below) had limited their invocations to "faith-based" groups -- and the Central Florida Freethought Community could only speak during the "Public Comments" portion of the evening.
In case you were lying awake at night wondering about what labels Sarah Jessica Parker uses to describe herself, you can go to bed now.She's a humanist (but not a feminist), she says in the August issue of Cosmopolitan:
Last year, Chief Greg Graham of the Ocala Police Department in Florida posted an unusual letter to the department's Facebook page. Co-signed by community development director for the Ocala/Marion County Family YMCA Narvella Haynes, the letter called for public prayer to help stop crime:
In an overcrowded school in northern Tanzania, hundreds of albino children have found a safe haven from a culture that perceives them as demons or ghosts.
It's been more than eight years since Kirk Cameron first introduced us to the Crocoduck, the crocodile/duck hybrid that he believes ought to exist if evolution is true.And finally -- finally! -- there's an erotic novel bringing the two together:
Eastern and Western philosophers duke it out in the latest rap battle! (Lots of NSFW language.)
The other night while I was doing the sort of chores that tend to make my mind wander, I found myself asking what I would do if I was absolutely indifferent to what other people thought of me in my daily life offline. How would my life...Show More Summary
If you pray over your food before eating it, there's a logical conclusion to what will happen, right?The Atheist Pig explains:
Our latest podcast guest is Linda Stephens, one of the two plaintiffs in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the 2014 Supreme Court case that legalized religious invocations at government meetings (with a few caveats). Stephens worked as a librarian...Show More Summary
The last time we posted about Jehovah's Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris, he was complaining about the evils of higher education. But in the latest video for the JW online television network, Morris gets even worse.DuringShow More Summary
There's been a series of questions going around the online Christian world following the Supreme Court's marriage equality decision. Some are from the anti-gay crowd while others are from LGBT-affirming Christians.But you have to check out the answer theologian Douglas Wilson gives to one question from the LGBT-affirming set:
This past week, I was in Indianapolis for two live Q&A events with my Christian pal Andrew Murtagh. One was at Theology on Tap, a Catholic young-adult outreach program; the other was at Crosspoint, a non-denominational evangelical church. Both had excellent turnout, probably around 150 people at each. Speaking before two overwhelmingly Christian audiences felt [Read More...]
Nearly a year ago, we learned that the Brevard County Commissioners in Florida (below) had limited their invocations to "faith-based" groups -- and the Central Florida Freethought Community could only speak during the "Public Comments" portion of the evening.
For as long as contraception has been a thing, the Religious Right has tried to vilify it. First, they said it was an affront to God's Plans. When they realized that argument wasn't working, they shifted to saying it would increase promiscuity. Show More Summary
I think South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright is conceding the whole Confederate flag issue to the people who want to take it down from the State Capitol. This morning, as debate on the flag began, the misnamed Bright spent his three minutes whining about how the nation is going to hell in a handbasket because of marriage equality:
Kylie Willey was suffering the agony of cancer and the sickness of chemotherapy when a friend told her of a true miracle. Sweet, young, and lovely fellow Australian Belle Gibson (below) had recently enchanted national media with herShow More Summary
Over the weekend, Glenn Beck spoke at Pastor Ed Young's Fellowship Church in Texas. While most of the storylines were about how Beck, a Mormon, was speaking at a Christian megachurch -- heresy! -- I'm more interested in the content of his sermon. Show More Summary