Secularism and the True Meaning of Religious Freedom
January 18, 2019

On January 16th we marked National Religious Freedom Day, a day when we see articles and TV talking heads from the religious right claiming that there is an attack on Christianity in this country, and using the opportunity to call for more state funding of their churches, and further special exemptions from the law for …

Rig it Like Jesus
January 18, 2019

Substitute Attorney General and probable moonlighting bouncer Matthew Whitaker says secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom. Nnnnoooooo… Our own Jason Lemieux put out a response, saying, in part: Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s remarks are a classic case of projection – it’s the religious right who has warped the meaning of religious …

Tell Your Children Not to Hear My Words, What They Mean, What They Say
January 17, 2019

It’s Religious Freedom Day, celebrating a concept that has pretty much been contorted beyond all recognition, from a categorical right to believe as one wishes to, now, the freedom for one particular sect to be exempt from the law and impose their beliefs on others. Anyhow, the great Kelsey Dallas looks at new research showing …

I’m a Black Atheist Satanist Running for Senate
January 17, 2019

I Have Something to Say about Humanism I’m not your average aspiring secular politician. No doubt people raise their eyebrows when they find out that this candidate is a freethinking, skeptical, secular humanist, agnostic, nonbelieving Satanist. I’m also a stand-up comic, public speaker, former U.S. Marine, retired peace officer, and small business owner. I usually …

Another Abducted Girl, Another Psychic Fail
January 16, 2019

Psychics and fortunetellers are often seen as relatively harmless, dispensing shopworn advice about tall handsome strangers, a brighter future, and reassurances that departed loved ones are indeed watching over us. For $100 or less we can gain a temporary feeling of control over our destinies, armed with the foreknowledge (foreguessing?) of what will (might?) happen. …

Sacrifice Human Beings to the Sun
January 16, 2019

Ohio’s new Republican governor, Mike DeWine, signs an executive order prohibiting discrimination by any state agency, board or commission on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, and so on. In stark contrast, Oklahoma’s anti-vax governor-bro Kevin Stitt just wants to do whatever God tells him: This is something, I pray …

We Could Also Believe in the Aliens
January 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 …

God Gave Us the Brains
January 14, 2019

Last week I told you about how a Massachusetts teacher used a 2003 Free Inquiry article on the signs of fascism for a class assignment, asking students to weigh whether Trump exhibited these signs. There’s a lot more (pretty shallow, frankly) coverage from the weekend that is mostly a lot of pearl-clutching. Here’s a good …

Pearls of Unscientific Wisdom
January 11, 2019

Lots of interesting stuff today, folks. It’s a good day to be the Morning Heretic. Or to read stuff from the Morning Heretic. Or to read the stuff that the Morning Heretic finds and then comments on. Or something. Never mind. Most important of all: Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of the Center for …

Atheism Defined & By the Numbers, God’s Burning Love
January 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.