Month: May 2006

New Chick Tract

Jack Chick just put a new tract out — you know, those asinine and bigoted gospel tracts that are some of the best entertainment for skeptics. Go enjoy it… Your name Your email Subject Your message (optional)

Reason for hope

I apologize if this is old news to others here, but I just noticed this: as of 26 Apr, there are 10,348 clergy signatories to An Open Letter Concerning Religion and Science. Among other things, the letter states: We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up Reason for hope

Hostility to Atheists

Ilya Somin is a law professor at George Mason University who recently wrote several blog entries on prejudice against atheists, especially in the law: Somin later massaged these posts into a more formal article, “The Final Prejudice,” that was published in The Legal Times, but that article is not available online. Thanks to Eddie Tabash Hostility to Atheists

Sometimes (unless you ask for something trivial) the answer is “No.”

A Christianity Today article describes, in part, how seven-year old Becky’s mother helped her to overcome her uncertainty about the existence of God: An idea I’d heard several months earlier came to mind. “Let’s make construction paper flowers and write a prayer request on each one. We’ll pray every day for the requests. When God Sometimes (unless you ask for something trivial) the answer is “No.”

Atheism with a Smile

In light of Rabbi Gellman’s recent editorial about “angry atheists,” here’s a piece of good news. The LA Times recently reported on a high-profile counter-example: Julia Sweeney, a “smiling atheist.” (Thanks to Eddie Tabash for pointing out this article to me.) For more information, see Julia’s blog. Your name Your email Subject Your message (optional)

Sunday Mail Service in a Christian Nation

Here is an interesting article on the Founding Fathers’ intent for the separation of church and state, focusing on the practices of the Post Office: I’d never seen some of these points before. Thanks to Bill Schultz for pointing this out to me. Your name Your email Subject Your message (optional)

The Shrinking Secular Family

World Magazine recently blogged about the “shrinking liberal family.” Although I usually disagree with the viewpoint expressed by that magazine, this is one issue where I find myself in agreement with them. In fact, it is something I have been saying for years. I don’t claim to have hard statistical evidence, but it has always The Shrinking Secular Family