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We Could Also Believe in the AliensJanuary 15, 2019
We were busy bees yesterday! First we had to be all, “Hey, Indiana, you BEST NOT pass that bill to require creationism in public schools!” and THEN we had to be all, “Hey, Senate, you BEST NOT confirm a Christian nationalist for Attorney General!” Yeah that’s right. You best not. Advocates trying to reverse Idaho’s …
Atheism Defined & By the Numbers, God’s Burning LoveJanuary 10, 2019
That’s right, if you’re not going to church, not tithing, not praying, not doing all the things that will get you a 50-yard-line seat in the afterlife, you are screwed in the eyes of most Abrahamic religions and walking on thin ice in many of the others. Religion favors the devout, so if you’re watching football on Sunday morning, you might as well own up to the “A” word. You’re going to burn either way. (I should point out that any religion that doesn’t have some version of hell associated with it isn’t worth worrying much about. Sorry Bahá’ís)
But don’t worry atheists; you’ll have plenty of company in H-town. Let’s look at the numbers.
At over 2 billion adherents, Christianity is the world’s largest religion. But it only comprises just over 30% of the world’s people. That means that on a good day, almost 70% of those who die worldwide will be taking a dip in a lake of fire. (See John 3:16-20 for confirmation that non-Christians are BBQ-bound.)
Of course, plenty of God-fearing Christians will miss the exit ramp to the Pearly Gates too. Even a casual tune-in to the TBN will reveal the many roads to perdition. So can we safely say that (even Christians believe that) at least 3 out of 4 people are destined for eternal damnation? Easily 3 out of 4.
No matter how you crunch it, all individual religions are a vast minority in the world.
“Bigfoot” Is Endangered SpeciesJanuary 10, 2019
A federal judge on August 30, 2018, temporarily blocked the hunting of grizzly bears outside Yellowstone National Park. This was in response to the Trump administration’s removal of those animals’ endangered species protection. I said “grizzly bears” but I was also thinking of Bigfoot, and therein is a story. For more than four decades grizzlies …
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TAKE ACTION: Act Now! Tell the Senate to Reject William Barr for Attorney GeneralJanuary 14, 2019
Dear Friend of CFI, This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings to consider the nomination of William Barr to the position of Attorney General. We need your help to prevent Barr from being confirmed. Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would …
Secular Rescue Story: Durba’s EscapeJanuary 9, 2019
Secular Rescue is a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these them escape to safety. A woman going by the name of …
A Bad Stumble in the First Step Act: Taxpayer-Funded Religious ProgrammingOffice of Public Policy
January 7, 2019
The First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump just before Christmas, brings modest but meaningful reforms to the federal criminal justice system, basing many of its reforms on solid evidence, including the implementation of educational programs shown to reduce recidivism. But the new law also violates the Constitution with a provision that allows …