My Facebook feed suddenly filled up on Wednesday with links to a press release saying someone named Joseph Atwill is going to reveal evidence that Jesus was invented by the Romans and that they confessed to it. Even Richard Dawkins tweeted in support of it. It’s total bullshit and I’m a bit appalled at how …
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Oct 11 2013
Oct 10 2013
Here’s yet another example of a school bringing in an outside group to put on a school assembly that is ostensibly just about vague things like “self-respect” but that really turn out to be little more than sermons telling students about how God will fix all their problems.
Sep 17 2013
Sorry about the outage, folks. Our database got borked big time and had to be restored from a backup copy. Thankfully, our site tech is very anal about backing up the site and has it done several times a day, so very little was lost. And now we’re back in business.
Sep 15 2013
Kamau Bell, host of Totally Biased on FXX, brought comedians Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang on the show to debate the existence of God. The results are pretty funny. I was surprised to find out that Jamie was not an atheist until after he met Alison. Best exchange:
Sep 11 2013
Today is Sept. 11 and you know what that means. It’s time for yet another day of prayer and repentance, this one called by Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily. And unlike the dozens of such events over the last few years, many of them endorsed by Farah himself, this one is really extra super duper …
Aug 30 2013
All the comments that went to moderation for the last few hours have been sent through. We had a glitch on the backend that sent everything to moderation for a while, but it should be fixed now.
Aug 29 2013
Longtime readers may recall that I hate motivational speakers, hate them with a passion usually reserved for Celine Dion. And the king of these con artists is Tony Robbins, that tall bundle of white teeth and bullshit that has gotten quite rich selling platitudes to the clueless. So I cringed when I saw this article …
Aug 27 2013
The Las Vegas police department has arrested two men for allegedly plotting to kidnap police officers, put them on trial before one of those citizens juries that Larry Klayman likes so much, and then kill them after they’re “convicted” of whatever bizarre things they’d charge them with.
Aug 26 2013
There’s been a lot of talk about the appalling and barbaric attacks on Christian churches and homes in Egypt by Muslim thugs, and rightly so. What’s going on there is horrifying. But this picture, of Muslims surrounding a Christian church to protect it, is very powerful to me.
Aug 19 2013
Longtime friend of Dispatches Sheila Kennedy, a top notch First Amendment scholar, has launched the Center for Civic Literacy. The goal is to educate Americans about their own government, something that studies show they are woefully ignorant on. They’re going to be reprinting material from this blog on their own and putting up original material …
Aug 15 2013
We are thrilled to announce a new addition to Freethought Blogs. Alex Gabriel’s blog, Godlessness in Theory, is now officially launched and I think you should all go over there and say hello.
Aug 13 2013
Back when Dennis Miller was funny (think back, way back) he had a joke about all the people who do horrible things and get caught and they suddenly find God — “I guess he didn’t see them first.” It comes as no surprise at all that Jerry Sandusky has suddenly, and conveniently, discovered a deep …
Aug 03 2013
Whenever I hear someone trot out the old “we only use 10% of our brains” canard, especially in defense of some wondrous power they claim to have or claim others have, I conclude immediately that they may be engaged in projection. Ben Radford has a look at some widely believed but false statistics and says …
Aug 02 2013
The other day I put up a post in which I said that I think Glenn Beck is bipolar or manic depressive. A colleague messaged me on Facebook and called me out on it, suggesting — politely — that I try to avoid using language that marginalizes or diminishes those who struggle with mental illness. …
Aug 02 2013
Dennis Prager has a predictably simplistic and self-righteous column at the Worldnutdaily about the Anthony Weiner scandal that claims that liberal moral ideals provide a cover for their behavior in a way that conservative morality cannot. What he shows in the process is how deeply wrongheaded his own sense of conservative morality is.