Category Archives: commentary

Podcast #200 – Bart Ehrman (How Jesus Became God)

Whoohoo! It’s taken nearly seven years, but we finally crossed the 200 mark. For this special episode, we interview biblical scholar Bart D. Ehrman, whose latest book is How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee … Continue reading

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Can Muslims be assimilated in America? (Part 2 of 2)

For those Muslims who wish to be peaceful, productive members of Western culture (and I believe that’s the vast majority of them), we don’t make it easy. As Arun Kundnani details in his new book The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, … Continue reading

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Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

As expected, the president attended the (so-called “National”) Prayer Breakfast again this year. I know I sound like a broken record when I point this out, but the NPB is sponsored by a group called the Family, a secretive political … Continue reading

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Mississippi tops list of religious states…again

Congratulations, Mississippi! You have again been ranked as the most religious state in America. You’re also, perhaps not so incidentally, #3 for teen pregnancy, #2 for murder rates, #2 for unhealthiness, #1 for depression, #1 for lowest income,  #8 for unemployment … Continue reading

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7 reasons to tell your kids there is no god

One of the most frequent concerns heard by nonreligious parents regards the raising of children; indeed, having children and not knowing where to go to teach them ethics is one of the most common reason atheists end up as regular … Continue reading

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Susan Jacoby on the Blessings of Atheism

I must insist that you read “The Blessings of Atheism,” Susan Jacoby’s invigorating call to action for nonbelievers just published by the New York Times. She joins the recent chorus of voices calling for nonbelievers to be more than mere … Continue reading

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Democrats should have stuck with their godless platform

How lilly-livered can the Democrats get? First they adopt a party platform that contains no reference to God (the first time, apparently, that this has happened in recent times). The Republicans predictably make an issue of it, but rather than … Continue reading

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Are We a Christian Nation?

by Vic Losick © 2012 All Rights Reserved Yes, and no. Ever since Native Americans were outnumbered by the white man, the United States has had a population whose citizens were, and continue to be, overwhelmingly Christian. Yet our country’s Founders, … Continue reading

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Separation of Church and State makes Rick Santorum puke

Has it really come to this? For 3o-some-odd years now the Republicans have been tacking to the right, with increasingly insane results. For the last few years, Republicans have trotted out the old dodge that the phrase “separation of church … Continue reading

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Hitch is dead

Christopher Hitchens has died. Despite a long and painful struggle with esophageal cancer, the Hitch remained unrepentant about his atheism; he continued to write regularly; and he made debate and lecture appearances whenever the vicissitudes of chemotherapy allowed. We were … Continue reading

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