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Ken Ham Isn’t a Big Bad Ogre: Why I Feel Bad About Ark Encounter

Ken Ham spent several years and tens of millions of dollars making Ark Encounter a reality. So far, it hasn't been as successful as his ministry expected. While there's plenty to criticize about the Ark, step back for a moment and consider what he must be going through.

Doubt Is Not Our Product

The difference between skeptics and denialists.

Jesus and Donald Trump: A Comparison of Their Statements

MAD Magazine just released a free ebook called MAD Dumps on Trump -- "you get what you pay for!" -- and I especially loved this spread comparing Donald Trump's statements to the words of Jesus:

Cognitive Ease: The More You Hear Something, the Easier It Is to Believe It

In his latest video, Derek Muller explains why things feel more true and comforting the more we hear them. He applies this idea of "cognitive ease" to everything from why we use certain fonts to why "going with your gut" isn't always a bad idea.

Donald Trump, in GOP Nomination Speech, Pledges to Let Pastors Endorse Candidates from Pulpit

According to the leaked version of Donald Trump's RNC speech tonight, the Republican presidential candidate will include a section about how he plans to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches (and other non-profits) from making political endorsements.

Pastor Mark Burns Delivers Another Loud, Angry Sermon at the RNC

South Carolina pastor Mark Burns delivered another angry sermon tonight at the Republican National Convention. He made the most of the opportunity, going ALL CAPS throughout the speech, taking everything up to 11, and inadvertently creating atheists all over the country. (I hope.)

KY Governor: Taxpayer-Funded Religious Foster Homes Should Be Able to Promote Christianity

A case that never seems to end took another strange turn this week after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin argued that staffers at taxpayer-funded religious foster homes should be able t proselytize to children in their care.

NBA Moves All-Star Game from Charlotte Due to North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

The NBA announced this afternoon that it would move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, where it was originally scheduled, to a soon-to-be-named city due to North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 law, which "bans local municipalities from enacting non-discriminatory ordinances designed to protect" LGBT people.

Based on How the Jewish Year Is Written In Hebrew, It’s Clear the Messiah Is About to Arrive

How do you know the Jewish Messiah's long-awaited appearance is nigh? Because ???”?. (Obviously.)

Rocker Jack White’s Next Project Involves Carl Sagan and Outer Space

Next week, rocker Jack White (previously of The White Stripes) plans to make an announcement through his Third Man Records group that appears to have something to do with Carl Sagan and space.

Can Religion Solve Social Problems? Fewer Americans Than Ever Before Say Yes

Can churches and other places of worship provide meaningful solutions to social problems? A record number of Americans no longer believe it, reveals a new Pew poll.

Bryan Fischer: By Letting Muslim Give Prayer at RNC, Republicans Invited “Demon-God” Into Party

Referring to Sajid Tarar, head of American Muslims for Trump, who delivered the closing prayers at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer argued that Republicans had "collectively committed the sin of idolatry." And then it got worse.

A Christian Theme Park in Florida is Losing Money Fast

A Christian theme park is losing money so fast, its owners are about to auction off property that includes nativity statues and angel's wings. (It's not Ark Encounter. Sorry to get your hopes up.)

The Daily Show Questions a Republican Pastor on Donald Trump’s Christianity

In an excellent segment on last night's The Daily Show, correspondent Jordan Klepper spoke with Pastor Mark Burns, the man who delivered the benediction at the Republican National Convention on Monday and called on God to help "defeat the liberal Democratic Party." Since Burns was eager to defend Trump's evangelical faith, Klepper had plenty of material to work with...

Newly Released Memo Shows Vatican Ambassador Tried to Impede Sexual Abuse Investigation

The New York Times reports that an independent investigation into "sexual and possible criminal misconduct" by a Catholic archbishop was effectively stunted by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican's ambassador to the U.S. at the time.

Five Islamic Militants Charged with 2015 Killing of Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger

It took more than a year, but Bangladeshi officials have charged five men with the stabbing death of an atheist blogger. It's another sign that the nation is finally taking this issue seriously.

Pokémon No — Finally, a Reason to Move to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has always sounded like a dank theocratic hellhole to me, but I have to give props to the country's highest Allah interpreters for attempting to outlaw the preternaturally annoying smartphone game Pokémon Go (hereafter to be referred to as PFG).

On Mr. Robot, Elliot Delivers Monologue About How Religions Are “Metastasizing Mind Worms”

I know absolutely nothing about the show Mr. Robot, but I'm told that Elliot gave a powerful speech about God during last night's episode. If you want context, look in the comments, where I'm sure helpful people will provide it. In the meantime, this was fun to watch even on its own.

Focus on the Family Warns Parents That Pokémon Go Includes “Evolution” of Creatures

A new guide to Pokémon Go from Christian group Focus on the Family includes a completely unnecessary warning about how the creatures can "evolve" during the game.

Ted Cruz, in Convention Speech, Talks About Protecting Religious Freedom of Atheists. Seriously.

While much of the talk from Night 3 of the Republican National Convention surrounds Sen. Ted Cruz's stunning non-endorsement of Donald Trump, let me go back to what he said before the crowd began booing him as if Hillary Clinton stepped onto that stage herself. Because Cruz almost sounded reasonable for a moment. (It didn't last.)

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