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Egyptian Cleric Says Men Should Be Allowed to Spy on Women in the Shower if They Have ‘Pure Intentions.’
According to Osama al-Qusi, a Salafist or ultraorthodox preacher, peeping toms can watch a woman wash as long as they are interested in marrying her. [Read more]
How No-So-Catholic College Opened My Heart
In college I learned that Jesus is essentially just one of many pagan figures who share near identical life stories, and much of the Bible is based on astrology, which the Catholic Church says is evil. [Read more]
Arkansas Restaurant Owner Defends Church Bulletin Discount by Saying Atheists Can Just Download One Online
I don’t understand why business owners can’t grasp a simple concept: They have to treat their customers equally. [Read more]
Travelodge Under Fire for Removing Bibles from Rooms
Budget hotel chain Travelodge has been taking flak for its decision to remove bibles from all rooms, citing reasons of ‘diversity’. [Read more]
The Literalist Thinking of Creationists
While reading the latest issue of Scientific American, the one devoted solely to articles about human evolution, I came across something that started me thinking about creationists and the many conversations I have had with them over the years. [Read more]
The Muslim Face and the Image of Islam
Two articles have prompted me to write this post. One by Kenan Malik titled “Is there something about Islam?” and the other by Mehdi Hasan titled “What the Jihadists Who Bought ‘Islam For Dummies’ on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation”. [Read more]
Satanist turns Communion Wafer Over to Oklahoma City’s Archbishop
The Catholic Church on Thursday retrieved a communion wafer that a satanist planned to use in a “black Mass” next month at Civic Center Music Hall. [Read more]
How Does Philosophy Help Science?
Now I know that philosophers can correct some bad arguments of scientists, and, if educated in science, can make critiques every bit as good as professional scientists. [Read more]
How Meditation Can Help Your Career Through Inaction
By simply concentrating on being present for a short amount of time each day, your mind will naturally prioritize events and keep you calmer and more focused in the office. [Read more]
An Update on the Saudi Atheism Issue
Several people have been arrested in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for “blasphemous” remarks against Allah and Prophet Mohammed after a video on atheism went viral on a social media site. [Read more]
Does Church Father Papias Prove the Gospels Existed in the First Century?
Christian apologetics for the early, first-century dates for the Bible’s gospels rely on the slimmest of evidence, including a very late third-hand testimony of a late second-hand testimony that the evangelist Mark had written a narrative, supposedly based on the experiences of Peter as related by the apostle himself. [Read more]
Atheist Group Demands Texas Charter Schools Pull Out of Christian Sports League
An atheist organization has sent letters to a group of public charter schools that are associated with the Texas Christian Athletics League, arguing that their involvement violates the separation of church and state. [Read more]
China To Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ With Our Country’s Religion
China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to “interfere” with the country’s religion. [Read more]
The Final Form of Islam?
Dabo Swinney Keeps Faith in Clemson Football, But Is He Crossing the Line?
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers will play Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs Saturday night in Athens, Ga., in a nationally televised prime-time game pitting two national championship hopefuls. [Read more]
Indonesian President Says World Must Unite Against IS Militias
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has joined the mounting call to action against Islamic State militants, saying their actions are an affront to the spirit of Islam. [Read more]
Religious Beliefs Tested After Two Amish Children Abducted in US
The disappearance of two Amish sisters from their family property near the Canadian border with the United States has put the Christian group’s beliefs to the test. [Read more]
Is Astrology A Science?
Days and nights are governed by the Earth’s rotation and the Sun’s apparent daily path through our skies, where it rises over the horizon in the east, arcs upwards towards the zenith, and descends downwards, setting in the west. [Read more]
What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?
A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there. [Read more]