Escape from Florida

May 03, 2018

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At The Daily Beast, Brandon Withrow looks at the weird relationship between American Christians and guns. Dig this:

When asked what [theologian Ron] Sider would do if an intruder threatened the life of his family, he said that while he thought such a situation would be extremely rare, he would have to follow Jesus’s command for nonviolence and trust God.

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Poncho Symbolism

May 02, 2018

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Today China implements its own kind of "blasphemy law," intended to "protect" the legacies of Communist Party-approved heroes and martyrs.

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At Worst, You Can Die

May 01, 2018

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It's official: U.S. Reps Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announce the formation of the Congressional Freethought Caucus:

The Congressional Freethought Caucus has four main goals: 1) to promote public policy formed on the basis of reason, science, and moral values; 2) to protect the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state; 3) to oppose discrimination against atheists, agnostics, humanists, seekers, religious and nonreligious persons, and to champion the value of freedom of thought and conscience worldwide; and 4) to provide a forum for members of Congress to discuss their moral frameworks, ethical values, and personal religious journeys.

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The Squeakiest Wheel

April 30, 2018

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Joe Nickell has a really great blog post up about belief in demons, responding to the recent “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation” event held in Rome:

The 300 conservative Catholics who attended the 13th annual event (mostly clerics) believe there is a recent increase in evil. They attribute this to atheism, to the Internet, and even, supposedly, to the lax modernistic views of Pope Francis. ... In fact, it is they, their religious ilk elsewhere, and the allegedly “possessed” who are out of place in time, ironically harking back to the Middle Ages and earlier. [...] The Internet can help dispel these [reports of possession], and so it is not a cause but a remedy; atheism is not a consequence but, coupled with humanist values, a salvation.

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Faith-Based Hats

April 27, 2018

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Did you know that Stephen Fry is going to be at CSICon 2018? Do you need to know anything else about it?? If you MUST, then I can tell you that Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, James Randi, Kavin Senapathy, Yvette d'Entremont, and approximately a bazzilion other great speakers will also be there. Go act on this new knowledge.

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Human and Sloth Squished Together

April 26, 2018

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Pew Research drops another fascinating DATA BOMB with a new report, this time illuminating Americans' varying perceptions of what God actually is. The report reveals how just asking "do you believe in God" is insufficient for understanding people's beliefs. For example, 23% of Americans said they believe in God, but not the one in the Bible. They consider God some other higher spiritual force. These folks actually agree with the chunk of Americans who say they do NOT believe in God but DO believe that there is a higher power. Together, these previously-separated groups make up 33=% of the population. That seems important.

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If You Desperately Want the World to Come to an End

April 25, 2018

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I was a guest on The Whiparound podcast this week, in which I go on at absurd length about CFI's work, because as a communications professional I apparently have no idea how to be concise. I also discuss some of the news with hosts Dave and Shaun, and invent a cult based on Lakitu from Super Mario Bros.

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Let’s Call it Caelus

April 24, 2018

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Laurie Goodstein at the Times interviews Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean man who forced the Catholic Church to confront the sexual assault perpetrated by Rev. Fernando Karadima it had been denying. Cruz will be meeting with Pope Francis himself, and Cruz has some hope, saying, "I don’t think that this is a P.R. exercise."

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President Quirrell

April 23, 2018

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Oh no. At the National Post, Sharon Kirkey reports that homeopaths are pushing a "detoxification" treatment called CEASE, which, alas, is not what they will be doing. Instead, it stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, where a treatment of—you guessed it—diluted vaccines are used to "cure" autism. Keep these people away from me.

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Coffee and Exorcism

April 20, 2018

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Ema O'Connor at BuzzFeed reports that at the UN Commission on the Status of Women last month, which our boss Robyn Blumner attended, Trump officials held several closed-door meetings at which they revealed a jaw-droppingly radical agenda that was "further to the right than those expressed by most other countries present, including Russia and the representative for the Arab states." As the commission's Susan O'Malley said, "I normally respect when things are off the record. But this meeting was just so bonkers."

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