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September 28, 2010

Study finds that atheists & agnostics know more about religion than actual believers

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says - latimes.com
If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist. Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to the term "blind faith." A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn't identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation, according to the survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Four in 10 Catholics misunderstood the meaning of their church's central ritual, incorrectly saying that the bread and wine used in Holy Communion are intended to merely symbolize the body and blood of Christ, not actually become them. Atheists and agnostics -- those who believe there is no God or who aren't sure -- were more likely to answer the survey's questions correctly. Jews and Mormons ranked just below them in the survey's measurement of religious knowledge -- so close as to be statistically tied. So why would an atheist know more about religion than a Christian? . . .

Survey: Atheists Know More About Religion Than Believers

What I found interesting was that this finding held up...

September 26, 2010

Georgia Superstar Pastor accused of raping four teenage boys

Four have come forward to press charges against him and the rumor is that over thirty more men are working to add themselves to the suit, claiming he molested them when they were teenagers in his congregation as well. Eddie Long has long claimed he can "cure" homosexuality in men, just like Ted Haggard claimed one day before he was caught doing meth and having sex with a rentboy. The new rule of thumb is this: If a preacher, pastor, rabbi, imam, priest, etc gets up on a national stage and preaches about the evils of homosexuality or about curing homosexuality then they are totally gay. Many of his parishioners are standing behind him (so to speak). And the Christian Science Monitor wonders if this will make black church be more tolerant of gay people. (Hint: No.) Eddie Long: Georgia pastor will fight allegations of sexual abuse - latimes.com
Long said he was "under attack," urged his church to pray for him and said he would not let the case be tried in the media. The church members gave him a standing ovation. Long built his church from just 300 members in 1987 to more than 25,000 today, giving him a position of national prominence, especially within the strand of evangelical belief that says God intends material blessing for his followers. The church, set on a campus east of Atlanta, runs a global network of ministries and businesses. It hosted the funeral in 2006 of civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. Plaintiffs Anthony Flagg, 21, Maurice Robinson, 20, and Jamal Parris, 23, filed lawsuits on Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia seeking unspecified damages. A suit by a fourth man was added on Friday. "Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as bishop over them to ultimately bring them to engage in sexual relationships," according to the lawsuits filed on Tuesday.

September 16, 2010

Circuit court rules that Christian charities can engage in religious discrimination

World Vision decided to fire all of their non-Christian employees. The employees sued and lost. The charity receives federal funding.

Optimus Prime ve Jesus Christ

It was the "character aspects" bit that got me, since Optimus is apparently also a triumvirate. Pat's Fantasy Hotlist: Optimus Prime vs Jesus Christ

September 13, 2010

Koran Burn Fail: Don't fuck with skatepunks

1,000 percent awesome. Via Raw Story. HuffPo: Quran Burning FAIL: Skateboarder Foils Extremist (VIDEO)
Enter Jacob Isom, a resident of Amarillo, TX. The 23-year-old skateboarder happend to be nearby when he heard somebody mention burning a copy of the Quran. Apparently that didn't seem too righteous to Jacob, who snatched away the holy book -- already doused in a flammable liquid -- and told the agitator, "Dude, you have no Quran!" before running off. The Amarillo Globe-News reports that Isom was wearing a t-shirt with the words, "I'm in Repent Amarillo No Joke" handwritten on the back and he accused David Grisham, from Christian fundamentalist group Repent Amarillo, of "trying to start Holy Wars."