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Where Atheism Can Get You Killed
Secular bloggers are being butchered on the streets of Bangladesh.
The CJ Werleman & Max Blumenthal Privilege
Joining hands with Islamists and attempting to silence her, CJ Werleman in his latest article mentions Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Predicting the Future of Religion: A Thought Experiment
While Pew’s prediction that Islam will overtake Christianity made headlines, the authors of the study were quick to remind us that their findings are not the direct results of polling but projections.
U.S. Christianity is Dead, Long Live U.S. Christianity
The report only shows how many people consider themselves Catholic, Jewish, Baptist or “nothing in particular.”
Five F*cked-up Evangelical Christian Teachings Which Set JimBob & Michelle’s Family Up For the Josh Duggar Molestation Disaster
As a former Quiverfull believer, I recognize in this Duggar family debacle several essential beliefs which are widely held amongst fundamentalist Christians.
Founder of Josh Duggar’s ‘Treatment Center’ Left After ‘Sexually Grooming’ Teens and Young Women
According to RadarOnline Josh Duggar was taken by his father to the Basic Life Principles Training Center in Little Rock, for counseling after admitting to groping the young girls.
Quiverfull of Shit: a Guide to the Duggar’s Scary Brand of Christianity
The Duggars are followers of a particularly scary fundamentalist sect known as the Quiverfull movement, which adheres to a deeply patriarchal and highly authoritarian set of beliefs about gender and culture.
How to Talk to Kids About Religion: Spiritual Multiculturalism is Absolutely Essential
Before kindergarten, kids are curious about spiritual expression and hungry to learn. Here’s how to teach them.
Meaning and Purpose in Non-Religious Societies
Why should we as scholars of secularism and nonreligion care about meaning and purpose? After all, meaning and purpose fall squarely within the realm of the kind of big life questions that are traditionally addressed by religion.
Carl Sagan and the Dangers of Skepticism
Carl Sagan cared a lot about kooky, far out, pseudoscientific topics. He knew this was quite unusual. He introduced a book section on these fringe science topics.
Atheists Inspire Thoughts of Death in Many Americans
Prompting people to think about atheism triggered death-related thoughts just as strongly as, well, directly prompting people to think about death, a new study finds.
Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a “Cult”
Many religious scholars eschew the word “cult” or, if they use it at all, relegate it to extreme cases of religious groups that practice or threaten to practice violence.
Psychedelics and the Religious Experience
In the 20 years since those long days and longer nights, my feelings haven’t changed about the power of psychedelic (“mind manifesting”) substances.
The Surprising Links Between Faith and Evolution and Climate Denial
At one extreme is the position that science denial is somehow deeply or fundamentally religion’s fault. But this neglects the wide diversity of views about science across faiths and denominations.
‘We Won!’ Watch Ted Cruz Brag About Defeating a Homeless Atheist Man in Court
“What I want to talk to you about this morning is… religious liberty,” the Republican presidential candidate said during the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science/Religion Accommodationism
Tyson is far harder on religion, and far more insistent on the incompatibility between scientific and religious claims, than I’ve seen before.
Cynthia Skelton said:
Thanks for sharing all the good articles on Quiverfull.
Quiverfull a really tragic cult. In the first generation, they preyed on young couples who came from shitty childhoods-abuse, abandonment, etc. They touted family values to young people who were desperate for family. Then it became a very forceful, anti-woman (and truly, anti-man), abusive trap. The parents involved are so brainwashed at this point there’s no going back, and the kids have never known anything different.
I hate quiverfull. I hate what it does to people. I think it is one of the most terrifying religious cults I’ve seen. That being said, I can’t say that I’m surprised at horrible things that happen. I think it is the only thing you can expect. Tell a woman her job is to pop out a unit every year and there is no other purpose for her, and she’ll do it. But what happens when there’s post-partum depression? What happens when her body falls apart from so many pregnancies? What happens when there are miscarriages repeatedly and she’s told it’s her sin that causes it? What happens when there are too many kids to take care of and she hates herself? Of course terrible things will happen.
What happens when kids aren’t told about sex, except that it’s bad? What happens when you’re not allowed to see an ankle, let alone a leg? What happens when you get curious about sex, but are told you aren’t allowed to touch someone until married? What if you’re gay and told you aren’t and can’t be? What happens when you make sex all shame except when it’s for procreation?
Josh Duggar did something awful, but the outside world has no clue how it works inside. He probably had absolutely zero idea about sex, boundaries, appropriate behavior, consent. I’m not excusing him, and I’m not trying to paint him as a victim. However, the entire movement sets every single person up for failure. It sets boys up to be controlling, absusive husbands, It sets girls up to hate themselves for their sin nature and feel shame about their bodies. The entire movement is filled with sexual and emotional abuse. There can be no other alternative in a movement that is fundamentally about sex-shaming and gender-shaming.