Category Archive: Religion

Apr 09 2014

Stephen Colbert finds the Holy Grail

Although Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite films, I had not really thought about where the idea of the Holy Grail originated or what it represented. To me it was just another bit of medieval folklore whose origins were lost in the mists of time. In this clip, he explains …

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Apr 09 2014

Talk on Greece prayer case

I will be speaking today to the Center For Inquiry of Northeast Ohio on the Greece v. Galloway prayer case. The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Mayfield Branch Library on 500 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Village. The event is free and open to the public.

Apr 09 2014

The dark side of the Jesus People

Last year, I wrote about an article that examined how some of the Jesus People, as they came to be called, evolved from being part of the hippie movement in the 1970s to become evangelical conservatives and Tea Partiers now.

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Apr 02 2014

Female leaders of Muslim majority countries

Islam is not one of the religions that come to mind when one thinks of providing equal status for women. Its rules about their dress and behavior in public are notorious for their restrictiveness. But at the same time, as Juan Cole points out, there is the curious phenomenon that many Muslim-majority countries have had …

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Apr 01 2014

That phrase ‘freedom of religion’? I do not think it means what you think it means

A New York Appeals Court ordered Edward Globokar, the owner of a chain of restaurants, to pay one of its chefs Mirella Salemi $1.6 million. Why?

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Mar 30 2014

The ACLU sues the US Catholic bishops

The ACLU is suing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a pregnant woman who suffered because of their rules they enforce on all Catholic hospitals that prevent physicians from giving patients all the information and options they need to make a decision.

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Mar 28 2014

Former atheist may be the new leader of Westboro church

The power struggle in the Westboro Baptist church since the death of founder and patriarch Fred Phelps seems to be ending with new leadership emerging, says Fred’s son Nate Phelps who defected from the church a long time ago but who keeps in touch with other defectors who still live in Topeka, Kansas.

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Mar 27 2014

Atheists denied notary services

The idea that people can deny services to those who views they disagree with is a menace to the smooth working of society. The people who are the latest victims of this are David Silverman and Amanda Knief of American Atheists who went to a local bank to get a document notarized. This is a …

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Mar 26 2014

More evidence of decline in religious beliefs

I came across a poll from December 2013 that supports the idea that religion is on the decline in the US. The latest one is the Harris Interactive poll and it reports that the number of people who believe in a god has dropped to 74%, after staying at 82% through the period 2005-2009. Other …

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Mar 21 2014

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time

Bill Donohue, head of an outfit called the Catholic League and who is more Catholic than the pope, seems to make a good living and gains publicity by protesting loudly at anything that can be interpreted as a slight on Catholicism. He was predictably outraged (his outrage meter is always at 11) at the attempts …

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