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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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Advertising executive, freelance writer
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41-46
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Links to your videos showed up while I was watching American Atheist Association videos.
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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 …

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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…

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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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