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Louisiana Politics and The "Christian Nation" Myth

Jul 6, 2012 8:16:15 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:57:50 AM
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More proof that you don't need knowledge of 1) the constitution or 2) the founding fathers to be elected to public office.Louisiana Rep. Valarie Hodges voted for the governor's voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools. Apparently, she hadn't been informed that there were (wait for it!) other religions in the U.S. besides Christianity ("America’s Founding Fathers’ religion" - her words.)  http://m.livingstonparishnews.com/mobile/news/article_6c2...

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Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You

Jun 30, 2012 12:49:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:58:15 AM
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Page admin and guest blogger Meg put together a perspective on the beloved Christian "savior" that many haven't yet heard.  This is her article, entitled:   Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You   Jesus did not want you in his club. Unless you were a Jew, Jesus thought you were a filthy animal. Yes, even if you are Christian. It is all in the Bible.   Unless you spend much time on The Thinking Atheist Facebook page where you might have already seen me discuss this t...

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Anti-Social Social Media

Jun 30, 2012 12:46:41 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:58:43 AM
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Noise. Sometimes, I look at my personal (Seth Andrews) Facebook page, browsing the rampant, incessant, high-volume assertions, accusations, stories, blogs, links, videos, statistics, messages, agendas and graphics, and the din is deafening.  I'm an activist, to a pretty great degree. I host a radio show, produce videos for and host the community of The Thinking Atheist. I speak frequently and very publicly about religion and the need to reject it. That work gives me great pride and fulfill...

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Hates Women?

Jun 2, 2012 6:59:23 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:15 AM
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I'll say it again. Those in the pro-choice movement who assert that all opponents of abortion (usually religious) hate women, want to control women or seek some kind of pro-life population surge (heard that one a few weeks ago) are making a wildly incomplete statement. I'm not a Republican, but time and again, I see the "Republicans Don't Care If Women Die From Back Alley Abortions" charges and shake my head. This is not how the anti-abortion movement thinks, and while you'll find extreme e...

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A Word About Christopher Hitchens on his Birthday

Apr 13, 2012 8:03:03 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:44 AM
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On this day in 1949, Christopher Eric Hitchens was born. Hitch was an English author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/For...

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Nothing Fails Like Prayer

Feb 9, 2012 7:33:11 PM
Sep 20, 2012 5:17:58 AM
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It's curious.All over Facebook, people beg for prayers for their loved ones, often describing horrific and near unthinkable accidents and illnesses with life-and-death outcomes.My mom is in Intensive Care at Hospital X.  Please pray!  I have a spot on my lung and I'm going in for further tests.  Please pray!  My sister miscarried at 12 weeks.  Please pray.  A baby's body is ravaged with cancer.  Please pray. Ask yourself what all of the prayer posts really imply. If God tru...

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Indoctrination

Jan 16, 2012 2:26:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:03:30 AM
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I've become a casual student of childhood indoctrination, and I hear stories from those raised to accept the religions of their parents as Truth without question.  I, myself, see my own childhood cloaked certainly in the security and sacrifice of two loving parents, but also growing up to the constant drumbeat of the Christian religion.  We children were taught what to think much more than how to think, and the stories of Jesus, Noah, Moses, Adam and Eve were taught to us on the same factua...

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His Name Was Alex

Dec 7, 2011 4:08:03 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:04:05 AM
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  Alex Nunn.  He loved computers.  He loved cars.  He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister. I’m often struck by the sterility of newspaper obituaries…the clumsy consolidation of a vibrant, complex and nuanced life into a tiny text box with a single photograph.  This is the deceased.  He was born.  He went to school.  He worked.  He lived.  He died.  Funeral services to follow. I didn’t know Alex Nunn personally.  His name popped up occasionally on The ...

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Dear Mom and Dad (a letter to a religious family)

Nov 29, 2011 4:25:56 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:52:20 AM
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You’ve failed as a parent.  That’s what you’re thinking, I’m sure.  If only you’d attended church more regularly.  If only you’d prayed more and emphatically taught your child the power of prayer.  If only you’d have opened the bible more instead of leaving it so often on the nightstand.  If only you’d demonstrated God’s love in a meaningful way.  If only you’d been a better mentor…a better example…a better Christian.  If only. Nonsense.  It’s imperativ...

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Atheism On The Rise

Nov 11, 2011 10:26:09 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:06:27 AM
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I was in a discussion with a theist recently, and she tossed out a zinger.  She informed me that (paraphrasing) "the scientific community is largely rejecting the idea of Evolution and embracing the biblical Creation account."  When I picked my jaw up off of the floor, I reminded her that 93% of the National Academy of Sciences rejects any god.  She, of course, brushed that statistic aside as a biased, false, obviously contaminated sample (no doubt influenced by that crafty devil). My a...

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