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Phil Robertson’s “atheist family” fantasy

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the “reality” TV series “Duck Dynasty,” has become a feature of the conservative, evangelical Christian lecture circuit in the US.
Much of what he says is stupid and bigoted, but mostly harmless. This, however, I found slightly sinister. Speaking at a prayer breakfast in Vero Beach, Florida, Roberston said:
I’ll make a [...]

Fox News’s questionable statistic

Because Fox News regularly accuses the Obama administration (with no evidence) of manipulating employment statistics to make the economy look better than it is, it’s only fair to raise doubts about a statistic cited by one of Fox’s resident dingbats Eric Bolling.
Responding to Obama’s remarks at a prayer breakfast, where the president cited the Crusades [...]

Victim-blaming on the Catholic Right

It’s not just far-left moonbats and Muslim extremists who are indulging in victim-blaming following the Charlie Hebdo atrocity on Wednesday.
It’s also at least one prominent rightwing American Catholic– Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Donohue wrote:
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is [...]

Two versions of Jesus

On the subject of Jesus, there are two contradictory ways that people on the Left have looked at him.
One, expressed by the British singer-songwriter Leon Rosselson in “Stand up for Judas,” portrays Jesus as a sell-out to the Romans, dividing the poor into believers and non-believers and preaching quiescence in the face of suffering and [...]

Head-covering Christians

An article in The Roanoke (Virginia) Times about a local woman who turns 111 years old today (she stays in shape by lifting cans of beans) reminded me that Muslim and Jewish women aren’t the only ones who wear head coverings for religious reasons (one of the topics discussed– or beaten to a pulp– in [...]

The State of Louisiana versus science: the saga continues

Remember when Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal mocked the very idea of monitoring volcanic activity?
And when Louisiana adopted a law that no public school teacher could be disciplined or fired for teaching an “alternative theory” (for example, creationism) to evolution?
And when Jindal’s administration tried to provide state-funded vouchers for students to attend schools that teach [...]

A “fabricated” wall of separation?

Staying on the topic of freedom of expression, Monday’s Roanoke Times features an article about Erik Estrada (of the 70s-80s TV series CHiPs) appearing at a local church to screen a movie he produced and stars in called “Uncommon.”
According to the film’s website:
Those who seek to indoctrinate our kids with the message that God is [...]

The emancipation sequence

Further to Sarka’s excellent piece taking apart Christina Odone’s lament about religious beliefs not being given their due weight in public life, I’d like to draw attention to this in the SkepticLawyer:-
Christina Odone, former deputy editor of The New Statesman, in the course of arguing that religious believers are being pushed out of public life [...]

Outbreak of sanity in Uni shock!

The London School of Economics (LSE) has today issued a long-awaited apology to students Chris Moos and Abhishek Phandis, representatives of the student Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (LSEASH), who wore t-shirts featuring the popular Jesus and Mo cartoon at the SU Freshers’ Fair on 3 October, and who were asked to cover their t-shirts [...]

Three reasons why Pope Francis is kind of cool

1. His criticisms of “unfettered capitalism” and “idolatry of money” in a recent document had Rush Limbaugh sputtering about “pure Marxisim.”
(In fact, other recent popes– most notably John Paul II– have said many of the same things about capitalism while advocating social democratic economic policies. The difference seems to be that Francis is putting more [...]