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August 13, 2013

Pro-life clinics refuse to let atheists volunteer

Pro-Life Clinics Reject Pro-Life Volunteer… Because She’s An Atheist
Even worse was the reaction I got when I tried to volunteer at the local crisis pregnancy center. They were open and friendly when I told them I wanted to work there. They listened when I told them I had had a great deal of experience discussing abortion on the internet, and had helped numerous women choose life. Then I told them I was an atheist. “Sorry, we are a Christian ministry” the woman said. “We don’t have atheists or nonchristians working here. But you are free to give a donation.” I asked them if I could have a position where I wouldn’t be called upon to counsel women. Could I do paperwork or answer the phone? The answer was no. They wanted no help from me. As an experiment, I took up the phone book and called nine crisis pregnancy centers. I did not find a single one that would allow an atheist to volunteer.

August 12, 2013

Tennessee judge forces parents to re-name their son, says "Messiah" belongs to Jesus

It'd be great if this woman lost her job over this. People can name their kids anything they want and there are certainly a lot of Jesuses running around already. Judge Declares Baby's Name Unchristian; Orders Parents To Change It | ThinkProgress
Tennessee child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew unilaterally decided to rename a seven-month-old boy “Martin” because she objected to the parents’ selection of “Messiah.” Her reasoning, she explained, was that, “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.” WBIR reported that Messiah’s mother and father could not agree on a last name for their child and brought the question to Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday. But rather than just deciding on a last name, the judge also gave the child a new first name, renaming the infant Martin DeShawn McCullough. Ballew claimed that the move was in the best interest of the child living in a heavily Christian county: “It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is.” Asked about her thoughts about the many children named “Jesus,” Ballew responded, “I thought about that, and that’s not relevant to this case.” Jaleesa Martin, Messiah’s mother, is appealing the ruling. “I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God,” she told the TV station, “and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”

August 06, 2013

How many people did god slaughter in the bible?

The best count of the killings actually enumerated in the bible: 2,821,364 How many did Satan kill? 10 (and those were during a bet with God and so with the Bearded Deity's implicit allowance) But if you look at the killings *not* enumerated, like say in the Flood, the number is closer to 25 million. How Many People Did God Slaughter in the Bible? Steve Wells Has Written a Book Documenting Every Kill
I believe that most believers would stop believing in the Bible if they knew what was in it. And this is particularly true of God’s killings. All of the stories are absurd from a historical standpoint; they could not have happened the way they are told in the Bible. But what is even more damning is their unspeakable cruelty and obvious immorality. If the killings described in this book actually happened, then the God of the Bible is not the kind of god that believers pretend him to be. In this book, I’ve tried to count all of God’s killings: those that are numbered in the Bible and those that are not; the ones that God did himself; those that he instructed others to do; and those that, while he may not have taken an active role in, met with his approval. Of course, some killings are easier to count than others. When God burned to death 250 men for burning incense in Numbers 16.35, we know how many were killed. But how many did God drown in the flood or burn to death in Sodom and Gomorrah? How many first-born Egyptian children did he kill? There’s just no way to know for sure. So I have two tallies: one for the killings in which numbers are given in the Bible, excluding the others; and another that uses both the biblical numbers and estimates when numbers are absent. But what about the killings that God apparently approved of, but didn’t take an active role in? Take the story in 1 Samuel 18.25-28, for example, in which David buys his first wife with 200 Philistine foreskins (Killing 70). Did God approve of that killing? Well, yes he did, if you believe the Bible, that is. God approved of everything David did, including all of his killings, with only one exception: the killing of Uriah. How do we know this? Because it says so in the Bible. . . .