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Christian Publisher Calls Conservative Criticism Over Decision to Publish Matthew Vines’ ‘God and the Gay Christian’ a ‘Distraction’

god-and-the-gay-christian[1]A Christian publishing company has called criticism from conservative voices over its decision to publish Matthew Vines’ controversial book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships a “distraction,” arguing that the author has been successful in his goal to start a cultural conversation on the issue. “The conversation on who published God and the Gay Christian serves as a distraction to the real issue the book addresses. Now that the book has hit the marketplace, it looks as if the discourse has turned towards the conclusions set forth by its author Matthew Vines. [Read more]

The Debate Over David Cameron’s Call to Christianity Has Taken a Wrong Turn

350x[1]The controversy over David Cameron’s Christian chauvinism and the reaction it has prompted is interesting and frightening at the same time. It is unfortunate that the debate has turned into “Is Britain a Christian country?” because it opened the doors for those Christians who don’t understand secularism (or who prefer to misrepresent it) to turn the whole thing into an attack on their personal faith. The question we really need to ask is “Would Britain be a safer and fairer place if it had a secular constitution?” [Read more]

The Traveling Humanist: The Panthéon in Paris, France

pantheon-300x202[1]I was once walking along West Nanjing road in Shanghai at ten o’clock in the evening when I ran across an old French acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in several years. We were both pleasantly surprised to bump into each other in such unexpected circumstances and we immediately changed our respective plans in order to go out for a drink.  Over the ensuing drink I learned that he had moved to Shanghai a few years before. When I asked why, he replied: “if I were a devout Muslim I would live in Mecca—I am a devout capitalist, so I live in Shanghai.” [Read more]

Parents of Children Killed in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Speak About the Power of Forgiveness at Q Conference

palestine[1]An Israeli woman and Palestinian man, who both lost children because of ongoing violence in the region, discussed their mutual love and support for one another during the annual three-day Q Conference which is built around the belief that “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals.” In 2007, Bassam Aramin’s 10-year-old daughter, Abir, “was shot in cold blood by an Israeli soldier while standing outside her school with [her] classmates.” [Read more]

Atheists, Go Hunting Where the Ducks Are

shutterstock_186801797[1]Greta Christina has an interesting post addressing the concerns that organized atheism, by picking up social justice issues (instead of just “safe” public outreach like highway clean-up and blood drives) , would be courting controversy and alienating people when you want to attract people. She makes the entirely reasonable point that if the concern is alienating people, atheist are already doing this. Refusing to address issues of racial injustice, sexism, that sort of thing sends a signal to women and people of color that they aren’t welcome in atheist circles. [Read more]

Pat Robertson: Stop the Church-State Separation ‘Nonsense’ Before Atheists Take Over Everything

cbn_700club_robertson_140424a-615x345[1]Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday warned that militant Islamists, militant atheists and other secularists had taken the separation of church and state “nonsense” too far in an effort to “destroy the fabric” of society. British Prime Minister David Cameron came under fire after writing in an op-ed last week that his people should be “more confident about our status as a Christian country.” British Attorney General Dominic Grieve explained the controversy by saying that people did not want to be identified as a Christian nation because they were “turned off” by the rise of fundamentalism. [Read more]

5 Things The Church Can Learn From Anthony Bourdain

anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown_2[1]He’s abrasive, crass, and never hesitates to speak his mind. Look, I get it. You might not like him. In fact, you might loathe him. But me? Other than my wife and daughter, there’s nobody I would rather travel the world or share a meal with than Anthony Bourdain. Without even knowing the (hypothetical) destination, I know it would be fascinating and the food, oh the food would be amazing because Bourdain (being the chef that he is) has a spiritual gift (with the help of great fixers) for finding delicious, delicious food. [Read more]

Now You Can Have “Humanist” on Your Army Tag

army-300x168[1]Every person entering service in the U.S. Army is asked, “What’s your religious preference?” They can select from over 100 options, and if you are an atheist or have no religious preference, that’s okay—the Army recognizes non-religions as well. But what you may not know is that just this past week, the Army added “Humanist” to the list of recognized preferences under the category of religion. [Read more]

Christians Have Grabbed ‘Theocratic Control Over Public Schools’ in Louisiana, Critic Says

jim-dugan[1]The Louisiana Senate Education Committee upheld a controversial law that allows science teachers to bring “supplemental science education materials” into the classroom. The Committee voted 3-1 to uphold the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) — which critics contend allows teachers to introduce creationist literature into science classrooms — on the grounds that no proof that teachers were importing religious-oriented material into the public school could be found. [Read more]

Revisiting the UDHR – Human Rights and Well-Being

RevisitingTheUDHR2[1]It was pointed out to me this weekend, albeit rather dismissively, that an earlier piece I wrote titled “Quantified Morality – Seeking Well-Being for All” neither delivered anything about ways to quantify well-being, nor did I understand what a human right was. I was rather miffed by this comment, but it did raise some questions in me about the nature of a “right”, how it is perceived, and what importance rights hold in the human world. [Read more]

Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam

jpISLAM1-master675[1]Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks. The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. [Read more]

A Is for Amen
We stopped our kid’s teacher from conducting class prayer, and now our Southern town hates us.

Dear Prudence, My husband and I moved from the liberal Northeastern town we both grew up in to a small, conservative Southern one several years ago. One of the biggest adjustments has been the way people very openly talk about religion and assume that everyone else should as well. [Read more]

Pat Robertson: Consider Divorcing Wife For Withholding Sex, She Was Probably ‘Molested As A Child’

Pat Robertson told a 700 Club viewer today that he has “grounds for divorce” because his wife is not having sex with him regularly, speculating that she was “molested as a child” and needs serious psychological counseling.

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Moore Extremism: Alabama’s Infamous ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ Is As Big A Zealot As Ever

Last week, Alabama’s Supreme Court ruled that women who use chemical substances during pregnancy may be charged with child endangerment. The case, Hicks v. Alabama, has been controversial due to its possible implications for abortion access. Now more controversy abounds, given new evidence that at least one justice based the ruling on his personal religious beliefs. [Read more]

Christianism, Christian Nationalism: Christian Extremism, Patriotism

Christianism or Christian Nationalism is analogous to Islamism. Just as Islamists seek to reform society along Islamic lines and force society to conform to conservative Islamic values, Christianists seek to reform society along Christian lines and force society to conform to their conservative Christian values. [Read more]

Angry Muslims in Central African Republic Call for Partition

In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country’s south: partition. [Read more]

Rev. David Rives and the Flat Earth

The Drool-o-tron™ found a winner this morning. Its blaring sirens and flashing lights drew out attention to the blinking letters of its wall display, which said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s presentation of the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries. [Read more]

God Controls the Climate, So You Can Relax

I know, he’s just a Tea Party candidate with almost no chance of election, but Greg Brannon, primary candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kay Hagen, said in a debate the other night that God controls the climate. [Read more]

Is Godless a Slur?
Is it Slander, Libel to Accuse One of Godlessness, Atheism?

Who is more of an immoral bigot, the person who uses “Jew” as a slur or the person who files a lawsuit against having that label applied to them? Is it the person who uses “homosexual” as a slur or the person who goes to court over it? That’s a hard question to answer, and the same is true when comparing someone who uses “godless” or “atheist” as a slur against a person so offended by the label that they file suit in court for damages when the godless label is applied to them. [Read more]

AFA Warns ‘Homosexual Aggression’ Has Banned Christians From ‘7 Common Careers’

In a fundraising email today, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon warns that the list of careers that Christians can hold in America “is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle.” [Read more]

Ken Ham: The History of Death

This is your lucky day. The question you’ve all been asking yourselves is about to be answered, and by the best possible authority. Who is that? Surely you know — we’re speaking of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. [Read more]