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Religion as a Tool in Social Dominance Theory

“Social dominance theory was put forth by two researchers, Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto, in 1999. Specifically, Sidanius and Pratto attempted to explain how, and why, social structures seemed to … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 34 Comments

Big-nosed Jesus and God as a second-rate Santa: the worst Christian art | Art and design | The Guardian

“… Instead, Kermani does something both refreshingly cheeky and philosophically instructive. As he wonders what Christian art says about Christianity, he meditates on works ranging from Old Masters (Leonardo, Caravaggio, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Rulers, Religion and Riches by Jared Rubin – why the west got rich | Books | The Guardian

“Why are some parts of the world rich, and other parts poor? In the west many of us live in conditions almost unimaginably more comfortable than billions of people in … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 20 Comments

Religious radicalisation before there was ISIS: Reports of the West’s Enlightenment have been greatly exaggerated.

Catholic seminarians in late 1930’s Pamplona taking up arms for what the church itself called a Crusade. The crusade involved overthrowing the democratically elected 2nd Republic. Catholicism became omnipresent in … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 64 Comments

How do we combat flawed thinking?

SANE ASYLUM The Swiss Know How to Beat Wingnuts Flavia Kleiner and Operation Libero handed the anti-immigrant right a major defeat last spring. Now they’re building their ‘rebellion of the … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 21 Comments

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 – The Washington Post

  On soap opera set, the GOP nominee bragged about groping and trying to have sex with women. Source: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 – … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 78 Comments

Bakers, the KKK and the False Dilemma – Meerkat Musings

Interesting discussion via Darth Timon: “Let me start by saying that I have a measure of respect for anyone who puts their name to their posts and bares their soul … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 16 Comments

Jesus, the brownish dwarf

Very amusing article by Candida Moss: “Historically speaking, it is likely that the average first-century male from Roman Palestine would have had dark hair, brown eyes, and dark skin tone. … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 81 Comments

Exercises in Sophisticated Theology™: Is Gin a Girly Drink? A Refutation of The Pink Agendist | Truth and Tolerance

The following is an excerpt from Refutatio et Exscidium Hereticorum by St Remy of Aquitaine (1150? – 1205). Book Four is De Spiritus which concerns itself with Angels, Demons, and Alcohol. In Question 14, … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Josiah Effect: How Moderate Religion Fuels Fundamentalism | Quillette

“In both Islam and Christianity, it is easy to dismiss fundamentalist doctrines as perversions of scripture. But the fundamentalists have a ready defense against this charge. When Curtis suggested that … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 14 Comments

Did the Devil Really Write This Bible?  Candida Moss on the Codex Gigas

“It’s not just the scale of the book that make it unusual, but also its contents. In addition to the Vulgate (the Latin version of the Bible), it contains a … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · 8 Comments

Almost as difficult to get rid of as the super-gonorrhea her husband got at ex-gay camp!

The title is a joke, obviously; I say this for legal reasons 🙂 She’s baa-aack. Yesterday I was given the news that Katy Faust of Grace Church Seattle was back … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 38 Comments

The Hilarious Story of the Palmarian Church

Origins: “In March 1968, four Spanish schoolgirls (only known as Ana, Josefa, Rafaela and Ana María) stated they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary by a little tree on … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 15 Comments

This must be their leader! The results of religio-political propaganda: video

So sometimes we’re on wordpress or elsewhere on the internet- we read a post/article (or perhaps a comments section) and we’re flummoxed, right? The disconnect from reality seems too extreme to … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 44 Comments

Lesser Known Bible Passages by Modern Jesus

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s brilliantly funny. My two favourites of the day: And

December 14, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Myth of the Neronian Persecution – Cambridge Journals Online

Exceptionally well researched piece! The Myth of the Neronian Persecution Brent D. Shaw  Department of Classics, Princeton University ABSTRACT: A conventional certainty is that the first state-driven persecution of Christians happened … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · 12 Comments

Acceptance Of Profound-Sounding “Bullsh*t” Linked To Lower Intelligence | IFLScience

As Marcello Truzzi, a renowned skeptic and professor of sociology in the United States, once said: “An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.” This notion unfortunately doesn’t stop people the world … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 14 Comments

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks – The Daily Beast

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are meaner and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 37 Comments

Hilarious parody: The Modern Fundamentalist (Kim Davis)

September 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

Must Read: How to Get Rich Suing For Jesus – The Daily Beast

“While ACLJ’s 2014 tax returns suggest Jay Sekulow does not receive a salary from the organization, the ACLJ did pay $3,323,414 for “legal” services to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 5 Comments

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Announcing a series on religious hate groups & their methods.

There’s no other way to begin this than with an apology to fellow bloggers VW, CF and RSM. They were right, I was wrong. Here is my public mea-culpa. In the … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 34 Comments

Religious Methods: thimblerig , sophistry, legerdemain, chicanery

  If we look at the current crop of religious anti-human rights websites we find a very amusing recurring argument that goes something like this; They start with the false … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

Hiding behind the children: the current tactics of the anti-gay brigade

Some of them are appalling individuals. Creators and fomenters of social apartheid. Others are ordinary people, caught up in the storm, parroting the discredited propaganda of old. Propaganda that’s been … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 23 Comments

Must Read: Let’s talk about cults

From the Daily Beast: Megachurch: Stay With Your Kiddie Porn-Watching Husband—or Face ‘Discipline’

May 31, 2015 · 21 Comments

Have you heard of Les Lapins Crétins? Fill in the blank

Just noticed the existence of this French cartoon today: Cretin Rabbits. I couldn’t help but think it would would make the perfect template for bi-bowl says memes. So have at it … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 18 Comments

Arguing religion at face value and why it’s a waste of time

“It is the law of the brothel. This type of marriage will never be anything but an immoral and scandalous concubinage. A form of incest.”— Spokesman for Catholic Bishops (El Pais archive) … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 44 Comments

A victory for secularism and a lesson to the world

“That generosity the Yes Equality campaign was depending on came through. The decency of the Irish people was not limited to the liberal leafy suburbs of Dublin, nor the solidarity … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 31 Comments