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I gets mail!

I received this email, and I wanted to share "B"'s story with everyone (he asked that I not include his name, since he works with the boy Scouts and would like to keep his job). This past summer I staffed a Boy Scout summer camp. I just wanted to share some of my experiences.Before every meal shift, since a scout is "reverent," we had a volunteer say a "non-denominational" grace. They usually were just spee ...

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Apparently, I’m too brainwashed to read the Bible!

I loved thinly veiled Christian organizations trying in vain to get apostates to believe in God again. Outreach Media seems to have a simple goal in mind; to turn you back to Jesus if you've read Richard Dawkin's God Delusion and feel as though your faith has been shaken. Their approach is to point you in the direction of books that try and destroy his argument (such as the terrible The Dawkins Delusion boo ...

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Online survey identifies Bible’s worst passages

If you've never read Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", do yourself a favor and pick it up. One of his chapters deals specifically with the Inquisition, and the slaughter of an estimated 100,000 women at the hand of the Church. Although the West has generally stopped prosecuting women for the crime of "witchcraft" (the last person convicted was in 1944), in Africa, the ...

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Islam doesn’t have a monopoly on crazy

Because it's almost literally halfway across the world, we don't hear a lot of news about all the crazy stuff that happens in India. As far as most westerners are concerned, India is supposed to be a peaceful place, filled with sacred cows, gurus, and outsourced telemarketers. But all is not well in the world's largest democracy, and they face the same challenge many other developing nations do; the growing ...

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Runaway teen fears honor killing if returned home

In Islam, apostasy is a serious offense. People get more than slaps on the wrist for changing faiths; they get abused, beaten, and sometimes killed. That's not to say the fate of all apostates in the Muslim world is grim, but there is a definite violent precedence, and if you have the unfortunate luck of being born in a fundamentalist family, it can be a death sentence. 17 year old Rifqa fled from her Musli ...

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Wait, Christians need proof of their religion now?

You know the word "faith" that religious people keep throwing in your face every time their arguments for the existence of God falls flat? They use the word so often it's lost almost all meaning. It's really just a cop out; a word that allows them to avoid having to answer difficult questions. Whether or not Christians admit it, their beliefs are more than just faith; they are convinced the evidence for the ...

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Go to Church, Gays!

I had a vision the other night. I was reading an article about Christian ecumenism (which means interfaith dialog), and I realized the issue of homosexuality will, in the long run, destroy the progress that various branches of Christianity have made in "getting along". In a nutshell, ecumenism is a way for different faiths to show respect towards one another, and to have progressive dialogs with one another ...

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Christians burned alive in Pakistan

A small Christian village was attacked by thousands of angry Muslims in Pakistan, and among the dead was a 7 year old child. Local religious leaders enticed their young Muslim followers to murder after it was reported that an important Christian leader had defiled the Koran. Armed with guns and fire bombs, the group set fire to a number of houses. While many Christians managed to escape, some were caught in ...

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Bonus Post: Intro part 1

When I was originally writing my book, I had a substantial chunk of it done before I realized that it was not the direction I wanted to go. Apparently, this is quite common when writing books. Still, it would be stupid not to at least share some of it with you guys, especially the patrons, who have been generous enough to fund this crazy project we call The Good Atheist. Every week, I hope to be able to sho ...

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I love Kiwis!

Apart from the amazing fact there are more women than men in this tiny country (this fact in itself should encourage you to visit, guys), the country's atheist population is surging. According to this article, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, is essentially non-religious (his predecessor was also agnostic), and his whole country is becoming more and more secular. It's estimated if the current ir ...

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