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South African Pastor Who Allegedly Took Pics When He Visited Heaven Now Says His Phone Was Stolen

There's finally proof of Heaven.A self-proclaimed "prophet," South Africa's Pastor Mostsoeneng Mboro, recently announced that he had ascended to Heaven on Easter Sunday, and he made sure to take pictures with his Samsung Galaxy S5 while he was up there just to silence any doubters. Show More Summary

Here Are Aerial Images of Ken Ham’s Ark Under Construction. Notice Anything Un-Biblical?

You've probably seen the artist's rendering of Ark Encounter, Ken Ham's Biblical theme park that focuses on Noah and the Great Flood. I'm posting it here to refresh your memory -- followed by three stills from a drone-mounted video camera. The images, from November, show how the construction is progressing in the real world. Notice any differences?

Idaho Man Whose License Was Revoked Sues State, Saying He Only Follows the Ten Commandments

Peter Jensen, a man from Athol, Idaho, believes the laws of the state don't apply to him because he's a Christian who only accepts Mosaic Law. If it's not in the Ten Commandments, he doesn't need to follow it.Thankfully, the test case...Show More Summary

How Do Fiscally Conservative Atheists Vote?

I think it is fair to say that most Democrats who run for national office are not fiscal conservatives. Obviously, there is some variability in that some are more fiscally conservative than others. But on balance, few probably deserve to be characterized as the sort of fiscal conservatives a fiscally conservative voter is likely to want. Show More Summary

Atlas Shrugged: The Passion of Eddie Willers, Part II

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter X And now, the crowning infamy. The last time we saw poor, tragic Eddie Willers, he’d set out on a suicide mission to restore Taggart service in California – technically against Dagny’s wishes, but she didn’t make more than a feeble effort to dissuade him. Now, at the very end [Read More...]

Repost: The Republican Stupid-Party Spiral Dilemma

[Author’s Note: I wrote this in late 2012. In light of recent developments, I thought it was worth reposting. The success of Donald Trump seems to show that classic Christian conservatism isn’t as necessary an ingredient to the Republican coalition as I once thought – but in just about every other respect, these trends have [Read More...]

Brave Bangladeshi Bloggers Share Their Messages with CNN

Over the past couple of weeks in Bangladesh, we've heard about the murders of a professor who was believed (perhaps wrongly) to be an atheist, a gay rights activist, and one of his friends -- just the latest in a string of fatal attacks against supposed critics of religion. Show More Summary

An Excellent Takedown of the Fine-Tuning Argument

When you consider all the parameters that had to be just right for our universe to exist at all, doesn't it make sense to believe that God "fine-tuned" everything since it's ridiculously unlikely that everything just worked on its own?...Show More Summary

Atheist Whose Invocation Was Cut Off Early at TN City Council Meeting Will Get a Second Chance

Earlier this year, at an Oak Ridge City Council meeting in Tennessee, Aleta Ledendecker of the Rationalists of East Tennessee became the first atheist to deliver an invocation address there.But not every council member was there to hear it, and Ledendecker wasn't even able to deliver the full speech because the Mayor cut her off early.

Public Schools Are Taking Illegal Field Trips to the Creation Museum

A couple of days ago, Zack Kopplin wrote at Slate about how the Creation Museum, with all of its anti-science exhibits, was becoming a destination for public schools.

Christian Wife Asks For Prayers For Her Newly Atheist Husband. Can This Marriage Be Saved?

When Redditor LolHSV got married, he and his wife were both about "56 percent religious," he says. Since then, his religiosity has sunk to the point where he now considers himself an atheist. Hers, in response, has increased to the point where she temporarily left her godless husband and stayed with her religious parents. Show More Summary

“Moderate” Jordan Bans Lebanese Rock Group For Music That Contradicts Abrahamic Faiths

Et tu, Jordan?Via the Associated Press:Jordan has banned a performance by a popular Lebanese rock band on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of tolerance in a turbulent...Show More Summary

“Church Militant” Says God Gave His Mother Cancer To Cure His Gayness

Michael Voris, producer of the conservative Christian website "Church Militant," recently shared a video explaining that not only did God cure his homosexual tendencies, but that it happened through a pretty gruesome way: God gave his mother cancer, which eventually killed her, and it turned him straight.

Dad Tells Daughter He’ll Break Her Future Boyfriend’s Legs and She’s Going to Work For Jesus

While it seems most of the internet is laughing at a viral video of a father taunting his daughter with threats that he'll break her future boyfriend's legs, insisting "You're going to be a nun" and that she's "going to work for Jesus," I'm reluctant to join them.

Denver Christian Schools CEO Says the “Crusaders” Mascot Needs to Go

What does the word "Crusade" mean to you? I suspect if you ask people today, many of the explanations would reference groups like ISIS, hell-bent on spreading their faith even if there's a human cost to it.While the word had more positive connotations, at least in a Christian sense, several decades ago -- think Billy Graham -- it no longer does. Show More Summary

Ray Comfort: I’ll Also Be at the Reason Rally… to Convert All the Atheists

Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, he of Banana Nightmare fame, will be at the Reason Rally... though not at the invitation of anyone organizing the event.Comfort will be on the other end of the Mall on June 4, just away from the Lincoln Monument where the Rally is taking place, preaching and generally trying to convert anyone who crosses his path:

The Satanic Temple Weighs in on John Boehner Calling Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the Flesh”

Last night, during a talk at Stanford University, former Speaker of the House John Boehner was extremely blunt when asked for his opinion on Ted Cruz: “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert Blames “Godless Secular Humanists” for Target’s Bathroom Policy

The last time we saw Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, he had passed a bill to install a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol and was trying to fundraise for it.For his latest publicity stunt, he's denouncing Target's bathroom policy which allows trans people to use the appropriate bathrooms. Show More Summary

Pastor Kevin Swanson Compares Gay People to Nazis, Cannibals

Mark Twain was possessed by the devil. The punishment for reading Harry Potter books should be drowning. Say no to Girl Scout cookies, because they lead to the promotion of lesbianism.If you can't get enough of the peculiar brand ofShow More Summary

Defying “In God We Trust” Trend, Arkansas Police Department Puts “We the People” On All Vehicles

With so many police and fire departments putting the words "In God We Trust" on their vehicles, it's gotten to the point where I stopped posting articles about them because they're a dime a dozen. That's not just a figure of speech -- I get dozens of links to stories about that happening every few days. Show More Summary

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