Escape from Florida

May 3, 2018

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At The Daily Beast, Brandon Withrow looks at the weird relationship between American Christians and guns. Dig this:

When asked what [theologian Ron] Sider would do if an intruder threatened the life of his family, he said that while he thought such a situation would be extremely rare, he would have to follow Jesus’s command for nonviolence and trust God. “In a situation, where somebody was threatening to kill my wife or children, I would pray fervently. I would express love to the person, and I would say, ‘In the name of the risen Jesus, Lord of history, I command you to stop.’ And if I died, and my family died, I would trust that would be a better outcome than my trying to kill such a person.”

Ed Buckner is appointed interim executive director of American Atheists. Ed was once head of the Council for Secular Humanism and ran American Atheists from 2008 2010.

Today is the National Day of Prayer, so I hope you’ve all been practicing. This year’s sop to the religious right will see Trump kicking off a new “faith-based intitative” that will “ensure that the faith-based and community organizations that form the bedrock of our society have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the Federal Government.” I feel like that’s not necessary at the moment. 

Sertan Sanderson at InfoMigrants looks at the particular difficulties faced by nonbelievers seeking asylum.

At CSICOP.org, Kylie Sturgess interviews Alom Shaha, who has just released a kids’ book of scientific experiments, Mr. Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder.

CFI West executive director Jim Underdown is a guest on the IndoctriNation podcast discussing “the euphoria of belief.”

Iowa’s legislature passes a bill banning abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Dead zones are areas within the ocean that are so low in oxygen that they can’t readily support life. A huge such zone has been found that is the size of Florida. And it turns out that it IS FLORIDA. I’m kidding and this is actually not funny because the zone is growing.

Stephen Hawkings’ final science paper is published, “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?,” which sounds like a way to escape from a dead zone OR Florida, but actually posits a “simplified model” of the multiverse. 

Quote of the Day

Pope Francis (I know, you hate it when I quote him here, but this is important) to Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile:

I was part of the problem. I caused this, and I apologize to you.

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