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California Diocese Leaves Episcopal Church *

Dec 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Diocese of San Joaquin the first to break from US church over its relatively liberal views on homosexuality.… Read the rest

Muslim ‘Apostates’ Threatened *

Dec 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Religious persecution of the kind Sofia suffers is increasingly common in Britain today.… Read the rest

Debate on Apostasy in Islam *

Dec 9th, 2007 | Filed by

‘Sir, if you become an apostate, your punishment is death.’… Read the rest

Children Accused as Witches in Nigeria *

Dec 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Tortured, driven out, killed, while Evangelical preachers drive around in Mercedes.… Read the rest

Galloway Goes Creationist *

Dec 8th, 2007 | Filed by

His baby doesn’t look like an accident of evolutionary chance to him. Ah – persuasive.… Read the rest

Barbara Forrest on Chris Comer’s Forced Resignation *

Dec 8th, 2007 | Filed by

One wonders why TEA would even want to remain ‘neutral’ concerning the ID movement’s goal.… Read the rest

Austin Statesman on Texas Education Agency *

Dec 8th, 2007 | Filed by

‘An employee shouldn’t look like they are siding with one camp over another,’ Agency spokeswoman said.… Read the rest

Why Are Islam’s Moderates so Quiet? *

Dec 8th, 2007 | Filed by

Ayaan Hirsi Ali ponders the silence about ‘the Qatif girl,’ Taslima Nasreen, Gillian Gibbons.… Read the rest

Profundity in Texas

Dec 7th, 2007 12:24 pm | By

Mitt Romney – not surprisingly – says lots and lots of irritating things in that collection of platitudes and errors he offered up in Texas yesterday – at the George Bush I ‘library.’ It would be silly and otiose to analyze them in much detail – it’s not as if there’s any reason to expect the speech to be sensible or well-argued or grown-up or coherent. But there are some remarks that are so outrageous I just…

When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God.

It would be nice if it became his highest promise to his fellow-citizens instead.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the

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NCSE Latest on the Comer Controversy *

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‘We were actually told in a meeting that if creationism is the party line, we have to abide by it.’… Read the rest

NPR’s Science Friday Talks to Christine Comer *

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Way too brief and superficial, but interesting.… Read the rest

Text of Romney’s Paean to ‘Faith in America’ *

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‘We do not insist on a single strain of religion – rather, we welcome our nation’s symphony of faith.’… Read the rest

Romney Tries to Square the Circle *

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Will ‘separate the affairs of government from any religion’ but ‘will not separate us from the God who gave us liberty.’… Read the rest

Hitchens on Hanukkah *

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An explicit celebration of the original victory of bloody-minded faith over enlightenment and reason. … Read the rest

Creationist Biologist Sues Over Dismissal *

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Suit raises the question: Can people work in a scientific field if they don’t believe in its basic tenets?… Read the rest

Hitchens on Romney’s Nonsense *

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Would he expect a Scientologist to be able to avoid questions about L. Ron Hubbard? … Read the rest

Cleric Issues Orders to Taslima Nasreen *

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‘The apology must bear her assurance that she will desist from repeating such venomous writing that may have any inkling of blasphemy.’… Read the rest

Publisher on Trial for ‘Insulting Turkishness’ *

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Up to three years in prison for publishing a book promoting reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.… Read the rest

The Abu Ghanem Trial *

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Hamda was the eighth female relative in six years believed to have been the victim of an ‘honor killing.’… Read the rest

The consolation prize of multiple wives in heaven

Dec 7th, 2007 10:27 am | By

So how does this work?

There are also those who think that Romney’s disowning of past Mormon polygamy is too opportunistic, since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does still offer the consolation prize of multiple wives in heaven (just like the sick dream of Mohamed Atta).

Who are all those women? Where do they come from? Are there lots of extra women in heaven who never spent any time as mortals down here? If so mightn’t they be just a little creepy? Do men really want bizarro ‘wives’ who have no idea what life is like on an actual earthy planet? What would they be like to talk to? Of course the idea is that they’re a … Read the rest