bookmark_borderNetwork of those Abused by Church

I received a phone call from Declan Heavey of the “Network of those Abused by Church” yesterday. He asked my help in publicizing some legal troubles NAC has ran into. (He has been contacting a number of secular bloggers etc., I understand.) Being too far away from Britain, I have no way to know much about what’s happening, but I said I’d post a link. So, anyone concerned about the state of secularism in Britain in particular might want to check out NAC’s latest newsletter.

bookmark_borderTeen Spirit

Teenagers abandoning evangelical churches in droves? So say many church leaders according to the New York Times. For those outside the subscription wall, here’s the money quote:

“I’m looking at the data,” said Ron Luce, who organized the meetings and founded Teen Mania, a 20-year-old youth ministry, “and we’ve become post-Christian America, like post-Christian Europe. We’ve been working as hard as we know how to work — everyone in youth ministry is working hard — but we’re losing.”

bookmark_borderTop Ten Reasons Religion is Like Pornography

From P.Z. Myers at Pharyngula:

Top Ten Reasons Religion is Like Pornography

  1. It has been practiced for all of human history, in all cultures
  2. It exploits perfectly natural, even commendable, impulses
  3. Its virtues are debatable, its proponents fanatical
  4. People love it, but can’t give a rational reason for it
  5. Objectifies and degrades women even when it worships them
  6. You want to wash up after shaking hands with any of its leaders
  7. The costumes are outrageous, the performances silly, the plots unbelievable
  8. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying it, but it’s nothing to be proud of, either
  9. It is not a sound basis for public policy, government, or international relations
  10. Its stars are totally fake

For more context and discussion of this list (including suggested additions and criticism) visit Pharyngula.

UPDATE (October 4, 2006): The slides for the talk in which this list was given–about why scientists should oppose religion–may be found here.