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Atheists to Hold Cross Burning Ceremony on Christmas

Matti Á (CC BY 2.0)

Matti Á (CC BY 2.0)

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are going to be leading the charge for a cross burning ceremony on Christmas this year. They want to prove just how irrational it is for people to celebrate Christmas. As usual, it is all about rational thought and science with these folks. “Christianity is the world’s most popular religion, and a cross-burning ceremony on Christmas would teach them a lesson in rational thought,” Dawkins fumed.

After one particular debate, Dawkins said that the “retarded shitball Christian” had said something about the light of “Jesus.” That’s when he had his break through idea: “We just need to spread the light of atheism to them! I rationally thought about it, and I came to the conclusion that the best way to do that would be by burning crosses in their yards. I mean, what could go wrong?”

The intent of this ceremony is to show just how destructive the Christian faith has been to society.… Read the rest

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Why everyone should embrace their inner sloth

Carol Schaffer (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.

Carol Schaffer (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.

Each year there’s an autumn weekend which is anticipated with particular glee: the one in which the clocks go back. The prospect of an extra hour in bed is certainly enticing, and the Sunday has duly been labelled “National Sleep In Day”. But the fact that sleeping in is designated to this one particular day betrays something else – that idleness is seen as wasteful, self-indulgent. A lie-in is only encouraged when time itself moves to accommodate it.

For some perspective on how the idea of laziness has changed over time, we could do a lot worse than consider the natural world’s undisputed champion of indolence – the sloth. Because the one thing everyone knows about sloths is that they are slothful. The clue’s in the name.

But it’s a name with a long and curious history. Sloth entered the English language in the early 12th century as a term for mental and physical sluggishness.… Read the rest

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Shroud of Turin’s DNA traced to India and plants found ‘all over Earth,’ new study says

Hazel Torres via Christian Today:

The revered Shroud of Turin, which some Christians believe is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, may have come from India and transported to its current home in Turin, Italy, a group of Italian researchers said.

In a study published in RealClearScience.com, the researchers said the 14-foot-long garment contains DNA from plants found “all over Earth.”

“Here we report the main findings from the analysis of genomic DNA extracted from dust particles vacuumed from parts of the body image and the lateral edge used for radiocarbon dating,” said Dr. Gianni Barcaccia, a plant genetics and genomics professor at the University of Padova in Italy, in a paper he co-authored with his colleagues.

The researchers said they sequenced the DNA of pollen and dust found on the shroud and discovered several plant groups native to the Mediterranean.

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Does Freedom of Religion Overrule Every Other Freedom?

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Over the past few weeks, much of the public’s attention has been diverted to a bizarre series of events in Kentucky. There, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year effectively legalizing gay marriage, a lone county clerk named Kim Davis decided she would stop issuing marriage licenses, not just for gay couples, but for all couples. Davis’s reasoning could be summed up in one catchy three word phrase that has stirred up peoples’ emotions ever since it was coined: freedom of religion.

Cue the media circus. As supporters of gay rights understandably lashed out, Christian fundamentalists across the country jumped to her defense. After all, denying people marriage licenses is probably what Jesus would have done if he were a county clerk in Kentucky.

The events surrounding the case kept it in the news for a number of weeks. After what essentially amounted to refusing to do her job, Davis was sent to jail.… Read the rest

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Is an Erotic Christian Religion 
Really Possible?

gnostic sex[Excerpted from Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity by Tobias Churton]

I discussed in the introduction why I have not focused on the alleged sexual excesses of the numerous Gnostic schools before. There is probably an additional reason, less easy to express. To be honest, I don’t know about you, but I find the idea of communion with God through sexual communion very difficult to conceive of clearly, either as an idea or in a practical sense, unless, that is, one takes it that there is something profoundly godly about sexual intercourse in the first place. While familiar with the crossover between romantic yearning, deep love, passion, desire, and spiritual feelings—feelings where physical acts are experienced as far more than mere sense experiences and where more appears to be involved than a physical exchange of energy or emotion, however intense—something in my thinking is still inclined to balk at the prospect of applying a sense of reality to expressions such as sacred sex, which fall too easily, it seems to me, from the lips of moderns.… Read the rest

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Fecal Feasters & Rimming Radicals: Homophobic Propaganda Poster from Brother Jed Smock


The above propaganda poster is brought to us by Brother Jed Smock. Bro. Jed is the President of Campus Ministry USA, which specifically targets students with “confrontational Evangelism.”

According to his website:

“Why do you preach on college campuses everyday? Are we the only sinners?” a student asked.

“No, but tomorrow you may be the influential sinners unless I cam [sic] persuade you to become influential saints!” I replied.

Bro. Jed also warns (for party animals only!) “that when [students] use drugs they are practicing sorcery.” In fact, he explains, Timothy Leary was a sorcerer.

Medical science teaches that one hallucinates under L.S.D.; that is, they see things that are not there. However, medical science does not understand the spiritual dimension of an L.S.D. trip. Leary taught that one sees things that are there; only they are not in the material, physical world, but the spiritual. Leary was a sorcerer.

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A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement


Via Outerplaces.com

Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there’s a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of eternal life than the one touted in the Bible.

In a recent article for Motherboard, Redding, who is the executive director of the Christian Transhumanist Organization, claims that religion and transhumanism are much more compatible than most people believe, and that the Christian transhumanism movement is growing rapidly.… Read the rest

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