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Shocker: atheists are despised!

Austin Cline over at About.com put together this comprehensive list of surveys showing just how despised atheists are as a minority. When Americans were asked who they would vote for, the atheist candidate was always the most hated one. For people like you and me, this kind of attitude seems pretty puzzling. Sure, we can be a bunch of killjoys at parties, but statistically, we are less likely to commit viol ...

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Leading their sheep astray

The image of sheep is a popular metaphor in Christianity. Jesus is portrayed as a shepherd, leading his flock into paradise. Believers are encouraged to be generous, kind, and meek, all qualities of good sheep. At the time the Bible was written, the profession of shepherd was common, and it's easy to understand how the romanticism of this job would appeal to the people of that period. But there is something ...

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Orson Scott Card is poorly informed

Personally I'm pretty sick and tired of religious individuals commenting on atheism when they have absolutely no idea what it means to dis-believe in God. Let me assure you, religious readers, I am not an atheist because of an abusive or absent father (an idea so insultingly wrong I usually choose not to dignify it with an answer). I am also not an atheist because of some secret hatred or spurning from your ...

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Can we trust religions to stay moderate?

Do you know why the fish is the ancient symbol of Christianity? Odds are you've never really thought about it, or considered it another oddity in the religion. However there was a time when the cross was not the official symbol of the Church. Instead, it was the fish (now often referred to as the "Jesus fish"). While they suffered prosecution at the hands of the Romans, many would use it as a symbol to dema ...

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Madonna of Orgasm Church gets the shaft

Remember these guys? Last time they were in the news, the government of Sweden had given it the right to register as a faith community. Since then, however, they've had a change of heart, saying the name is purposefully offensive to the Christian faith, and it has therefore been bitch slapped back to 'weirdo' status. Personally, I find it hilarious that the only reason they deny these guys the title and pri ...

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More books on how atheists are ‘ignorant’

Normally I don't pay much attention to those who ceaselessly attack Dawkins and Hitchens, mostly because although I respect and enjoy their books, they are not the definitive works on the subject of atheism. Yes, both The God Delusion and God is Not Great make powerful cases against believing in God, but to say these two tomes somehow embody all of the principles of atheism would be a lie, one that Terry Ea ...

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Dr. Phil is annoying

This video is courtesy of the Examiner's Paul Fidalgo; it's from a recent episode of Dr. Phil, the pedantic windbag who likes to think his predictable and facile advice is tantamount to revelation. In this episode, he's counseling a couple experiencing theological conflict. The husband, who seems to enjoy reading, has lost his faith in God, and the wife is worried he might poison their children's minds. I'l ...

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America is not a Christian nation

An article here tries to make the case that both the Left and the Right are wrong about the Founding Fathers establishing (or not) a Christian nation. The author makes a good case for why religious conservatives are wrong, but he doesn't seem to say anything constructive about why the Left is mistaken. I must assume he feels perhaps secularists like myself may not fully appreciate the contribution Christian ...

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Does loving dogs make you a genocidal monster?

Ok, that may sound like a stupid question, but let me refer you to the picture above. Hitler loved his dog, and he was responsible for the Holocaust. Surely, according to this logic, I've made a powerful case against owning canines. If you think I've gone insane, rest assured I'm only trying to prove a point. There's an article on Proud Atheist that tries to debunk the claim Christians make about Hitler's p ...

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Canadian teens are losing faith in droves

Here's an interesting article from Macleans.ca that states Canadian teens are increasingly abandoning faith. According to their poll, about 32% of teens have no faith at all. There has also been a huge decline in Christianity, and young immigrant populations typically come from both Asia and the Middle East. The article is tame, although the expert, one Reginald Biby, is worried this massive loss of faith s ...

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