Christian movies are hilarious

This movie looks like it's Step up 2 the Streets meets End of Days. I'm amused anyone thought making this combo was a good idea, but I'm especially appreciative about how unintentionally hilarious it turned out. I must now officially watch this. ...

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The Godfather Dilemma

I don't have very many religious friends, so I haven't often been put in a position where my beliefs were really challenged. I received an email from a friend recently concerning a very interesting dilemma he's facing (I'm including most of the letter intact since James is an excellent writer): [T]here's something atheism-related that I'd be interested to get your input on. In fact, if you feel it's a topic ...

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Britain busy with debaptisms

Last week, the Nation Secular Society in England was busy debaptising over 1500 people. If you are like me and wonder what the hell happens at a "debaptism", Religious Intelligence has the story: The recipient of the certificate declares they "reject all [the Church's] Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged Origina ...

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Saudi women are becoming bold

I am not a rebel. Although I like to think I am controversial, in reality if push came to shove, I would probably retreat to the safety of conformity rather than suffer an ignoble fate. It's why I find the following story so striking: It's an article in the Saudi Gazette about all girl coffee shops, which is where today's young Saudi girls are going to let loose, have fun, and enjoy life. All of this is hig ...

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More religious tragedy

Your average, moderately religious person is deathly afraid of cults. It's not the brainwashing they are afraid of, but rather the type of brainwashing that is used. After all, the most distinguishing characteristics of cults is that they usually take a very literal approach to their religion, and this uncomfortable reality often reminds the faithful there is a dark side to their own belief system. Consider ...

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Hitchens on Prohibition

Classic Hitchens, walking out to an interview with a glass of scotch. The man loves his alcohol! The only person on the show who looks lost here is Mos Def, who tries in vain not to look totally useless. (via atheistmedia.com) ...

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Texas education down the drain, again

I thought the whole Texas Board of Education nonsense was over when the creationists were narrowly defeated, but it looks like they are introducing another amendment allowing teachers to tell students there is some 'debate' as to the age of the universe. If you think a debate amounts to every serious scientist on this planet accepting the modern estimates at 13.5 billion years versus a group of undereducate ...

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Britain gives grant to psychics

Deborah and Paul Rees make their living by scamming people. They probably aren't fully aware of the fraud themselves, convinced that they are helping families by their cheap 'psychic' act. The British government seems to think the practice is kosher, and has awarded a £4,500 grant for them to teach other people how to talk to the dead. I hate to rain on their parade, but if these two clowns really want to p ...

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Lancet tears Pope a new a-hole

The Lancet is one of the most well respected and read peer reviewed medical journals in the world, and they were not impressed with Pope Benedict's statements that condoms made the spread of HIV and AIDS worse, so they issued the following statement: Whether the Pope's error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear. When any influential perso ...

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