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Butthole Jesus!

With Jesus apparently busy appearing in all sorts of foods and stained glass buildings, it was inevitable he would try and find new ways to impress us. Lo and behold, the King of Kings has outdone himself yet again, this time appearing on a dog's anus. No, I'm not making this up as a way of disparaging Christianity. Angus, a terrier, was apparently engaged in his morning ritual in 2006 when his owners took ...

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Mormons don’t like this cartoon

Before I read the book Under the Banner of Heaven, I had assumed, as most do, Mormonism was not significantly different from Christianity. This is largely because since the beginning of the 20th century, the LDS Church has worked hard to suppress or eliminate any evidence of the weirdness of their beliefs. They sell themselves on the fact they are an American religion, but there is no denying Joseph Smith w ...

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Disparaging creationism violates the First Amendment

I had never heard of James Corbett until today, when I read a letter he wrote in response to a judge finding him guilty of violating the First Amendment by speaking his mind. I know it sounds as though I wrote that wrong, but apparently disparaging creationism during class time is a big no-no in America. Corbett was sued by one of his students, and lost in a federal court that found he had violated the Esta ...

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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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