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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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"What is going on with Think Atheist Radio? There hasn't been an iTunes posting since December and this site is off by 1 show."
Feb 16, 2013
Henry Ruddle replied to Unseen's discussion 'Would the Connecticut elementary school toll have been smaller if...'
"Texas is considering this idea for some rural schools because police response times are much longer. Teachers would receive a small bump in pay to get trained and certified in shooting and gun safety, keep a weapon secure but available, and be…"
Dec 23, 2012
Henry Ruddle replied to Scott D.'s discussion 'Anyone listen to music that expresses their views on religion?'
"I'm surprised no one mentioned George Hrab. Here's the cartoon version of his song "God is Not Great": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orqBWCOZOGo"
Dec 23, 2012
Henry Ruddle replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'What Do You Dislike About Obama?'
"There are many real things to criticize about President Obama's first term, but I'd urge everyone to remember two important facts: 1) Politics is zero sum, so if Obama loses, Romney wins. If just 300 of the 75,000 Florida voters who lodged…"
Jun 11, 2012
Henry Ruddle replied to Jason's discussion 'The Devil - such a bad guy?'
"Judas gets a very similar bad rap from believers. He should be the most admired of all the apostles since he was willing to do the hardest job of all. According to the story, the rest of them ran away, and Peter even denied knowing Jesus. What a…"
Jan 22, 2012
Henry Ruddle replied to Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s discussion 'What xian/religious sayings get on your nerves?'
"Everything happens for a reason."
Nov 24, 2011
Henry Ruddle replied to Laura Johnson's discussion 'God in School...'
"My sympathies. On one hand, I'd be relieved to hear it's the teacher because you can have a talk about it and maybe stop it, and it may not be a problem with future teachers. If it were the kids, I'd be more concerned since the…"
Nov 24, 2011
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"Happy Carl Sagan Day!"
Nov 9, 2011
Henry Ruddle replied to Trevor's discussion 'Who wants to believe in God?'
"Qn:  If there were two universes, one with an invisible ninja chicken fluent in French, and the other without, which one would you want to live in and why?   Qn:  If scientific theory began to support the existence of…"
Oct 18, 2011
Henry Ruddle commented on Mr. Anderson's video

Unstable Christian Lady in Coffee Shop

"This video cries out for more context. It's hard to tell if the woman was at the breaking point after a period of harassment or if she just has a short fuse. Her initial comment about the hypocrisy of people going to church who…"
Oct 18, 2011
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Wonderful World?

This is all about Republican candidates, but in the interest of full disclosure there are Democrats with some of the disabilities.
May 30, 2011
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The story in today's Washington Post about a study showing that more people are praying for health these days made me search for a diagram showing why this makes no sense (other than the fact that prayer has been shown not to help.) I couldn't find…
May 27, 2011
Henry Ruddle commented on Morgan Matthew's video

Goddamn, Sam!

"While watching this debate the first time, I remember being disappointed when Sam launched into this familiar soliloquy on the defects of Christian morality rather than directly address the points William Lane Craig had made, but on reflection I…"
May 23, 2011
Henry Ruddle replied to Schroeder Alice Veidt's discussion 'Eugenics - A touchy subject I'd like to explore'
"In a liberal society, the state may only interfere with liberty when it has an overriding duty. On balance, the opinion of some, even most, that less than optimal genetics ought to be avoided does not amount to an overriding duty to act. (Consider…"
May 23, 2011
Henry Ruddle commented on Morgan Matthew's blog post 'Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun'
"Penn Jilette did a hilarious Penn Point commentary about this story today, and he showed the Think Atheist blog posting on camera."
May 4, 2011
Heather Spoonheim commented on Henry Ruddle's video

A Bit of Fry & Laurie - Lip Whip Whip Whip

"They are both really great.  Stephen Fry gave an incredible speech condemning the Catholic church, and it's on a video here I think.  "
Mar 24, 2011

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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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