Category Archives: judaism

May 2 in freethought history…

May 2, 1860 – Theodor Herzl, journalist and father of modern Zionism, is born in Budapest, Hungary. Raised by assimilated Jews, Herzl considered himself an atheist. Widespread persecution and anti-Semitism throughout Europe convinced Herzl that Jews should create a homeland, preferably … Continue reading

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Podcast #242 – Matthew O’Neil on Bible Sex

We interview Matthew O’Neil about his new book What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t Say) about Sex. Matthew is an activist, theologian, and teacher. He has his MA in theology from Saint Michael’s College with graduate certification in Mediation … Continue reading

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August 18 in freethought history…

August 18, 1790 – President George Washington responds to a congratulatory letter from the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. In his brief correspondence, Washington wrote: “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of … Continue reading

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July 22 in freethought history…

July 22, 1947 – Actor, comedian and writer Albert Brooks is born as “Albert Lawrence Einstein” in Los Angeles. He changed his stage name early in his career, quipping that “the real Albert Einstein changed his name to sound more … Continue reading

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July 3 in freethought history…

July 3, 1904 – Theodor Herzl, journalist and father of modern Zionism, dies in Austria-Hungary. Born in Budapest in 1860, raised by assimilated Jews, Herzl considered himself an atheist. Widespread persecution and anti-Semitism throughout Europe convinced Herzl that Jews should … Continue reading

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Take the Cannoli–Leave the Mezuzah

Things are crazy lately. We just closed on a new house, and we’re prepping the old house for sale. My apologies for not being as diligent with the blog in recent weeks. But… When we first did a walk-through of … Continue reading

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Podcast #144 – Controversy at the National Prayer Breakfast

Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) walked out of President Obama’s sermon at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. Gingrey is shocked–shocked!–to find that politicking is going on at the NATIONAL prayer breakfast. Meanwhile, “Rabbi” Ralph Messer has crowned New Birth Missionary Baptist … Continue reading

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Eddie Long crowned King of the Jews

Sort of. If you have time, watch the whole 15-minute fiasco and tell me that the people who follow “Bishop” Eddie Long (of the New Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta) are not certifiable. I can see why Long would want … Continue reading

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Podcast #84 – Newdow in Flames

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has denied activist Michael Newdow’s lawsuits to challenge “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on the currency.  We think the Court was cowardly and disingenuous.  Unfortunately, this … Continue reading

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The Book of Genesis by R. Crumb

Review by John C. Snider © 2009 Underground comics and counterculture icon Robert Crumb is widely praised as a brilliant satirist and is one of the most recognized pop artists of the 20th century.  The seminal–and often misunderstood–creator of such … Continue reading

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