Giver of all wisdom Pat Robertson was asked on The 700 Club about how a woman should respond to her new Wiccan neighbors. Should they be friends? Should she allow her son to befriend their daughter?Robertson, as expected, responded with the love of Christ: By telling the woman to avoid them at all costs before they ruin her family.
It's not often you see a potentially-NSFW post on Friendly Atheist, so gather around.The other day, popular atheist YouTuber Jaclyn Glenn shared a link to her risqué Playboy photo shoot, part of a series covering (err... uncovering?) top YouTube starlets.
When you walk into a building owned and operated by your city, county, state, or federal government, you generally do so for a reason. Unless you work there or are just sightseeing, you have almost certainly come to this building for a specific purpose. Show More Summary
True story: The inventor of the Slinky used his wealth to translate the Bible into little-known languages.Andy Warner tells the full story at Backchannel:
Finally, the terrorists are realizing they need to be a little more open-minded...:
While everyone is talking about flags that shouldn't be on government property, the Bradley County Courthouse in Warren, Arkansas is being called out for flying a flag reading "An Appeal to Heaven":
We often hear religious people go to absurd lengths to explain things that have perfectly natural explanations. (What caused that tornado? Gay people, not weather patterns.)So when a rock star does something similar, might as well call...Show More Summary
In case you're wondering why "atheist" ranks so low on the Presidential electability list, it helps to look at new polling results revealed yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute.When it comes to being "truly American," 69% of people think believing in God is a pretty important ingredient while 53% linked Christianity to patriotism:
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the latest GOP candidate to throw his hat into the 2016 ring. While I'm sure readers of this site have no plan to vote for him, it's worth remembering just why that is.
Forty-two years ago today, an almost unimaginable inferno, caused by arson, burned and suffocated 32 people to death. All were patrons of New Orleans' UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar. I wrote about it in 2013 here. Over the past few days, I've been reading Johnny Townsend's 2011 book about the massacre, Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire. Show More Summary
You've no doubt heard the current debate about the morality of flying the Confederate flag in the United States, particularly the one on the State House grounds in South Carolina, the state in which Dylann Roof murdered nine people at...Show More Summary
Charles Darwin has had a rough go in theaters over the years. The most recent biopic, 2010's Creation with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, made less than a million dollars worldwide and was barely memorable.The Pirates! Band of Misfits...Show More Summary
Since it's not enough to believe God's watching over your congregation, church leaders now have a new tool to do that work for Him. It's called Churchix and it's a facial recognition system that lets you know who's in the pews:
Remember that guy in California who filed a ballot initiative (that came to be known as the "Sodomite Suppression Act") requesting the mass execution of all gay people? For only $200, Orange County lawyer Matthew McLaughlin filed a ballot initiative back in March with the following instructions:
Earlier this month, more than 150 Australian businesses voiced their support for marriage equality in full-page newspaper ads: Contrary to what American Christian small business owners might have you believe, marriage equality isn't just a decent ethical move; it's a smart business decision.That's what the Catholic Church's response in recent days is just a joke:
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), which sanctions high school sports in the state, has an obligation to follow the law -- as you would expect.More than two decades ago, the OSSAA Board of Directors approved a policy that basically said they'll abide by the Supreme Court decision in Lee v. Show More Summary
You can make a bad argument in support of a good conclusion. That’s how I felt reading this column “The Cross and the Confederate Flag“, written by Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre. Unlike his predecessor Richard Land, who was an all-culture-war-all-the-time partisan, Moore has shown some [Read More...]
I've heard of Vacation Bible School and Christian summer camps in general. But S.M.I.T.E. (Summer Missionary Institute of Training and Evangelism) is brand new to me. And holy shit. The application is bananas.
Former pastor David Hayward shares his walk with God over the years:
According to the Pew Research Center, the "Nones" (people who don't belong to organized religion) are the largest "religious group" in seven countries and territories... and the second-largest group in 112 of them (nearly half of the countries in the world).