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Satan as a Mashup: Today’s Devil Combines Zoroastrianism, Greek Mythology, and Lots of Artistic License

The satan of the Old Testament was merely a not-especially-powerful angel in God's employ, tasked with correcting and disciplining sinners. A millennium or two later, that supernatural being had morphed into humankind's most-feared enemy -- so evil, cunning, and potent that he could outwit the Creator Himself. Show More Summary

There Are No Errors in the Bible, Says Christian Pastor Who Clearly Hasn’t Read the Bible

We know there are contradictions in the Bible. Lots of them. Normally, Christian apologists attempt to explain them all away. The Bible is perfect, they say; it's just a matter of interpretation and skeptics are taking the wrong approach. Which is why Pastor Michael Lawrence's approach to contradictions is a unique one. Show More Summary

Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Promotes Misinformation About Vaccines, Now Says “I Am Not ‘Anti-Vaccine’”

After years of pushing dangerous ideas, such as the never-proven claim that there's a link between vaccines and autism, model Jenny McCarthy is trying to reinvent herself as someone who's totally pro-science. Good luck with that. InShow More Summary

Why Coming Out as an Atheist May Be the Most Powerful Way to Combat Religion

Greta Christina's new book Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why (take a wild guess what it's about) is finally available today, and I would strongly encourage you to get a copy. It's a wonderful resourceShow More Summary

Hallmark Channel Mutes the Word ‘God’ to Avoid Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain; Now Viewers Are ‘Upset,’ ‘Ashamed’

I am thoroughly upset, and ashamed that you could stoop so low as to mute out the word God in anything you televise...I for one will not watch your channel anymore...I will pass this on to all my friends and family... Can you believe that? You can cuss and everything else on TV but can't say God anymore. Show More Summary

In Case You Needed Another Reason to Dislike Hobby Lobby, Its President Is Launching a Public School Bible Course

On Monday, the Mustang Public Schools board (in Oklahoma) approved a new Bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. Mustang will be the first district to test the supposedly secular curriculum. Because that's what students in Oklahoma need: More Jesus.

New Study Shows That Even Atheists Think Atheists Are Immoral

Psychologist Will Gervais has done quite a bit of research involving the perception of atheists in society. In 2011, he and his colleague explained that people harbored anti-atheist sentiments in large part because they didn't trust us. Show More Summary

Pastor Doug Phillips, Who Instructed Christians on Family Life, Allegedly Spent Years Harassing His Kids’ Nanny

Doug Phillips, with his wife Beall, wrote the book on family values (OK, a book). It's called Advanced Family Strategies. The publisher describes it as "A helpful, biblically-based idea-starter for your family." But it turns out that, if the allegations by one young women are true, you can learn lots more from Doug Phillips. Show More Summary

How Carl Sagan Talked to His Daughter About Death

Last month, we heard from Carl Sagan's son Nick about his father's legacy. Now it's his half-sister's turn. Writing for New York Magazine, Sasha Sagan tells us about her life growing up, including the time she asked her father about whether he would ever see his deceased parents again:

On Retconning Biblical Violence

In 2009, I wrote “The Twisted Moral of Passover“, about how this major Jewish holiday is really a celebration of genocide: the mass killing of the Egyptian children that preceded the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery. (The very name of the holiday refers to how the Israelite slaves supposedly marked their doors with blood so that [Read More...]

Boycotts Aren’t Just a One-Way Street, Tony Perkins

Here's Christian Right leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council speaking with Fox News' Mike Huckabee the other day (1:39 mark):

These New Age Bullshit Generators Will Help You Sound Like a Guru

I learned a great new word from Daniel Dennett recently, one that I can see myself using rather a lot from now on (you've been warned): deepity. Deepity is the quality found in a statement whose author takes a failed stab at profundity. Show More Summary

There’s Now a Pinterest for Christians

Eager to join the ranks of GodTube, Christian Mingle, Faithbook, and FaithLauncher, there's now a D-rated Christian version of Pinterest. Because we all know how Pinterest was just a haven for godless heathens and their Satanic images... It's called Godinterest (very original, I know) and it's exactly as dull and uninspiring as you think it would be:

Was It Wrong for a Church to Donate 1400 Pairs of Shoes to Children at a Public Elementary School?

Last week, Biltmore Baptist Church in North Carolina did something that's genuinely awesome for the elementary school students in Macon County: They gave new pairs of Nike shoes to 1400 kids: “I'm unbelievably proud of the people of Biltmore Franklin,” said [Pastor Patrick] Trawick. Show More Summary

Microchips-For-Newborns Hoax Has Thousands of Christians Believing That the End Times Are Near… Again

It doesn't matter how atrociously written the prose is, how unlikely the story, or how obscure or unreliable the site. Even if you put the word HOAX over the headline, hordes of people will still treat a made-up tale as if it were real. This...Show More Summary

When It Comes to Hate Crimes, Atheist Victims Are Rare

One of the most disheartening facts to come out of the shootings in Overland Park, Kansas, where a former KKK leader murdered three people at a Jewish community center, is that hate crimes against Jewish people are hardly uncommon. In...Show More Summary

Religious Right-Wingers Claim Transgender Women’s Equality is ‘Sexual Harassment’

When it comes to trans women in the media, religious pundits' ignorance and willful bigotry truly know no bounds. It hardly matters what news story Matt Barber and Mat Staver were discussing on the radio broadcast "Faith and Freedom" this week. Show More Summary

In Skeptical Inquirer, Bill Nye Defends His Participation in Creationism Debate

Skeptical Inquirer has published an exclusive first-hand account by Bill Nye the Science Guy regarding why he decided to participate in a Creationism debate against Ken Ham, how he prepared for it, and how he thought it went:

Technology Undermining Religion

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Farsi Wikipedia for the 13th week, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Even though we all benefit greatly from technology, we are also quite fond of complaining about it. It is becoming...Show More Summary

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