Henry Ruddle
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Religiously motivated murder and the media

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Nichols Nov 18, 2009. 3 Replies

The Fort Hood shootings offer yet another example of the media's obsession with digging up any plausible cause for a religious hate crime other than the most obvious -- religion. Islam is not a…Continue

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Church Bulletin Bloopers

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 10:59pm 2 Comments

These are probably bogus, but they are funny nonetheless. Supposedly, all of these statements appeared in real church bulletins or were announced during a service.

The Fasting & Prayer Conference …


A parenting quandry I'd like feedback about

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:31pm 10 Comments

My 9-year-old daughter would like to spend a month this summer visiting her cousins in Texas. Her cousins are the children of my ex-wife's sister. She and her husband run an evangelical Christian youth ministry from their very large home. In addition to their 4 children, they have adopted at least 2 more (I've lost count), and usually have 10-15 other preteens and teens on site most days as part of their mentoring program. Their project is to prepare misfit teens to become better…


The Upside Down Nature of Church Budgets

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

Imagine receiving this pitch from the American Cancer Society:

"Donate $100 today, and $15 of it will go directly to cancer research and to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients! Better still, $50 of it will be used to pay a lecturer who holds weekly meetings to explain why cancer is bad, why donating to the Society is good, and what cancer patients did to give themselves the disease! The other $35 will pay for our building, our other staff, general overhead, fundraising costs and… Continue

God Belief and Religion Nearly Dead in the United Kingdom

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

The London Independent's Johann Hari sings the praises of the 63 percent of the UK public who are non-believers, and demolishes the recent accusations from Christians that they are being treated as second class citizens.…


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At 12:45pm on February 5, 2010, Henry Ruddle said…
Our religious differences were a big problem a few years ago when we had two kids and I found out that her church was a young-earth-science-is-evil-the-Bible-is-infallible fundamentalist church. (Her description of it as "a basic Bible-believing church" had not done it justice at all.) Eventually I started attending a Unitarian-Universalist church and bringing the kids so they would get an alternative viewpoint (her service started at 9:30 and mine at 11:00 so they attended both each week). Recently my wife switched to a socially and theologically liberal Methodist church because she has evolved away from her fundamentalist views, so it's not nearly as much of an issue. BTW, most UU churches are atheist-friendly, and I have found it to be nice way to connect with a like-minded community and deepen my non-theist spirituality (which sounds like an oxymoron to most people, but it's not). I'd probably have a similar experience with my local Humanist group, but I'd have another big fight on my hands. She accepts the kids attending UU services because it's a church.
At 9:50pm on October 28, 2009, shawn brian judd said…
Thanks henry, I have read all your post and find that you are one of the best commentators on this site .Look forward to your next post!

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