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Monthly Archive: August 2007

Aug 28 2007

D. James Kennedy hangs it up

D. James Kennedy, famed theocratic evangelist and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has announced his retirement, having failed to recover sufficiently from the cardiac arrest he suffered last December to resume his preaching. Kennedy is one of the most influential, respected and powerful evangelicals in America, which should scare the shit out of you …

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Aug 27 2007

Jesus thinks you suck too, dude

Scumsucking dogkiller Michael Vick gave the usual on-camera “apology” today for his nefarious affiliation and support of interstate dogfighting, which involved directly participating in the killing of several dogs by drowning, electrocution, and strangling. Anyone wanna guess what he said once he was sure cameras and mics were rolling? Anyone? Ah, okay, I’ll tell you. …

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Aug 27 2007

Ugarit and the Bible

On a few past episodes we looked at some of the gods mentioned in the Old Testament. Among them, Asherah, Nehushtan, Ba’al, Yahweh, and El. Many people are familiar with the texts found at Qumran, commonly known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the 1940s. But fewer people have heard of the Ugarit findings, which …

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Aug 24 2007

The messy world of free speech

From Florida comes this report of a Christian evangelist who’s had his TV show yanked off a local station because he can’t resist talking smack about Islam. Earlier this month, officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations wrote a letter to the TV station’s owners asking for an investigation of the show it broadcasts, …

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Aug 23 2007

Tim Todd’s truthiness tosh targets teens

Okay, maybe that’s not great alliteration. Oh well. It’s early. The most recent effluvia from the Americhristian Fascist Association is plugging evangelist Tim Todd’s The Truth for Youth comic-book Bible for teens, which Tim is offering to send a free copy of to any teen willing to give it to an “unsaved” classmate. Todd is, …

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Aug 20 2007

Well, the right wingers are going to have a load of fun with this…

Hillary Clinton has just been endorsed by an ex-madam and a porn queen. I say let the wingers have their fun. They have so little else to smile about these days. (And I’m not so hot for Hillary myself.)

Aug 19 2007

Liveblogging from the studio

Check it out. The access station has wireless coverage in the studio, and I have a new laptop for school. And here we are. Weird coincidence today — Don’s on the show, and both Tracy and I independently decided to show up to spectate. This is the biggest collection of current “talent” that we’ve ever …

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Aug 18 2007

Honoring an atheist in a foxhole

One of religionists’ most egregious lies is that there are no atheists in foxholes. Tell this to the multitudes of unbelievers who are proud veterans of our armed forces. One of these, I learned today, passed away on August 9 at the ripe old age of 90. Hans Kasten was a genuine American hero, enduring …

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Aug 17 2007

Proof that we are not a Christian nation

Ladies and gentlemen, may I please direct your attention to the public attention that Pastor Wiley Drake has received for his call to imprecatory prayer against Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Pastor Drake has urged his followers to call down the wrath of God on the AU leadership, as modeled in such …

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Aug 17 2007

Episode #512: Intolerance

I have gotten some requests for show notes on occasion. In response, I’m going to begin posting summary notes to the blog, so that when requests for notes come in, I can just point them here. Thanks, Martin. The word “tolerance” has two very distinct meanings that can, but do not always, overlap. One is …

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