Category Archives: religion

Religion fades in the U.S.

Just remember, you heard it here first, and a fair while back: religion is on its way out in the U.S., no matter what John Gray claims. The diminution of faith in my land is much to be welcomed, and, according to Tobin Grant at the Religious News Service, is the ineluctable conclusion of the latest […]

Jeffrey Tayler on the salacious Bible

Jeffrey Tayler continues his series of anti-theist pieces in Salon with an analysis of sexuality in the Bible (in particular, the King James version): “The Bible should be X-rated: The Good Book is loaded with sexy sin—someone tell Mike Huckabee.” The piece is an analysis of both the salacious and the unwholesome sexual acts detailed in […]

Wonkette finds Jesus!

If you follow U.S. politics, especially the doings in Washington, D.C. you’ll know of Ana Marie Cox, who achieved internet fame with her snarky political blog Wonkette. That site, and her writing, was known for its sharp tone, its humor and sarcasm, and for breaking more than one important political story. Cox gave up that website in […]

Is it okay to lie about Jesus?

I usually listen to National Public Radio when I’m doing my Saturday-morning shopping, but the thought of having to hear the oliagenous Krista Tippett sometimes drives me away, and today it drove me to an even more religious station—Moody Radio Chicago. It’s a production of the Moody Bible Institute, a famous evangelical Christian seminary and […]

Stephen Fry on God

Stephen Fry is one of my heroes, and I shouldn’t have to explain why. In this video Fry is interviewed by the famous Gay Byrne for Irish television, and stuns Byrne with some rational thoughts about God: I love that man! Oh, and as a relevant lagniappe, I’ll add this photo that I found on John Loftus’s […]

Bizarre family court ruling: go to mass

by Grania Spingies This story floated to the top of the pile of court news last evening in the UK. The Telegraph reports that Judge James Orrell of Derby County in the Midlands has put a rather bizarre stipulation on a divorce settlement, a stipulation apparently not sought by either party to the case. The ex-wife is Catholic, […]

Muslim scholar decides to double-down on Charlie Hebdo, threatens Irish media

by Grania Spingies After the tragic horror in Paris this week, it has meant a great deal to a many people to see statements like this from the Imam Chalgoumi in the media: Or like this one from Maajid Nawaz,  chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank. It’s the reaction you expect to hear from civilised […]

The Outsider Test for Faith

Here Rubin Bolling, creator of Tom the Dancing Bug, gives pictorial life to John Loftus’s Outsider Test for Faith: I’m not quite sure about the penultimate panel. First, claiming that “religion is obviously not genetic” conflates two propositions: humans have a hard-wired desire to believe in deities, or humans have a hard-wired desire to believe in specific deities […]

Secularism on the rise in the USA

by Grania Salon has posted an except from Phil Zuckerman’s new book Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions. Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in California, I mentioned him briefly in my post “Will Religion Ever Disappear?”, and this new excerpt makes me want to read his book. This […]

Update on the Irish woman-as-incubator case

by Grania An Irish High Court has ruled that the clinically dead pregnant woman who has been kept on life support against the wishes of her family may be removed from those machines. Fortunately no-one wishes to appeal this decision, so her family, who already have suffered the trauma of losing a loved one will […]

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