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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

     Debunking Easter.

Today is a religious holiday!  You know what that means.  Time to spread my own personal brand of sunshine and address some of the ridiculousness.  

But first, if you’re going to throw shade at Easter, at least do it correctly because this oh-so-popular graphic…

…isn’t even true at all.  And you’re ruining your own anti-religious credibility by trotting it out.

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2:34 pm  •  31 March 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Santorum says stop attacking Christians, while Louisiana schools teach Christian fundamentalism.

I need for everybody on the Christian Right to get on the same page, please.  Either we atheists are attacking you and taking away all of your rights and trying to re-shape America into the image of Satan (who, by the way, we also don’t even believe in because duh), or you feel fully justified in taking taxpayers’ money to teach very obvious lies.

It can’t be both.  You can’t cry “religious oppresion!” one day while you send impressionable students off to learn that dinosaurs and people existed at the same time the next.

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5:05 pm  •  7 March 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Today in Mississippi: Prayer in Schools! (Maybe?)

Last week:  Oops, we forgot to make slavery illegal here!  My bad.
This week:  Let’s try to sneak Jesus back into the school system.

Supporters say bills to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public schools are meant to ensure students can talk about spiritual beliefs and aren’t deprived of their rights.

…It’s clear that advocates for the measure, especially those outside the Legislature, believe it would clear the way for student-led prayer before groups.

"People ask me if this is a step toward getting prayer back in schools. I think this is THE step to get prayer back in schools," said Paul Ott, who hosts religion-flavored radio and television programs about hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

(source via JMG)

Because that’s what Mississippi needs, more Jesus in the class room.  Clearly the politicians there have their priorities in the right place, because students need to feel comfortable enough to spread their indoctrination to other impressionable minds who don’t have an overbearing fairy-tale-teller waiting at home for them.  They must find a way to make it OK for public prayer in schools.

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3:30 pm  •  20 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Watch this girl be anti-gay marriage by talking about everything EXCEPT gay marriage.


I’m gonna do my best to keep this classy and not attack her personally for how her voice makes me want to take my own skin off and roll around in a bag of rocksalt because I know it will be less painful than listening to her talk.  I also won’t address her awful topknot (Girl you knew were filming a video, would it hurt to do a quick blow dry or rollerset or something?  The internet is FOREVER.)

Instead.  I want to take this apart line by line.

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9:24 am  •  20 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Evangelist Benny Hinn’s son beat up a deaf guy for having a bottle of water.

Considering this is how Benny Hinn heals the sick on stage…

…I really shouldn’t be surprised.

The son of American evangelist Benny Hinn was arrested in Brazil after allegedly beating up a deaf and dumb man during one of his father’s rallies, it was reported today.

Hestephenson Araujo, 21, reportedly needed hospital treatment after the incident on Saturday night during a religious crusade in Manaus, northern Brazil.

Police detained Joshua Hinn, 21, along with two of Benny Hinn’s bodyguards, on suspicion of torture after the three men allegedly locked Mr Araujo in a trailer and physically assaulted him.


I’m pretty sure God does not approve of this.  Though, he did approve stoning for all kinds of minor offenses, so maybe a water bottle really should warrant a beatdown.

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4:02 pm  •  18 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Christians are just like everybody else.

There are good ones and bad ones.

Religion as a whole makes it a lot easier for some of those bad ones to find excuses for their behavior through obscure Bible versus. What’s that “love the sinner, hate the sin” that’s so popular? I feel the same way. Love the Christian, hate the establishment.

7:42 pm  •  14 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Coming out to my youth group at church.

Can we talk about youth group please?  More specifically, can we talk about youth group at white or interracial churches?  Because that’s what I grew up in (in a crazy fundamentalist Seventh Day Adventisty sort of culty church no less) and Buzzfeed’s 33 Ways You Know You Were A Youth Group Kid is sparking so much nostalgia!  I’m like ::thisclose:: to busting out my Jars of Clay CD or lifting the Lord’s name on high and shine-jesus-shine’ing all over Manhattan.

You can imagine with all of my teenage religious fervor, being a little baby gay came with a few hurdles, one of the biggest being how to tell the other kids at church that I was gay.

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5:00 pm  •  14 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     This teacher at an all-boys Catholic school “catfished” some of his students. For nudes of course.

I am the first one to raise a hand and say “I LOVE real-life Catfish stories” especially since I was a pretty accomplished catfisher myself back in the AOL Chatroom days.  

But this is gross.

An Orange County male teacher is accused of allegedly posing as a girl on Facebook and getting young boys into online relationships.

Officials say 30-year-old Zachary Reeder pretended to be a young girl and then convinced young men to send him sexually explicit photos of themselves.


Catholics, man!  Y’all just can’t get right, ever!

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6:53 pm  •  12 February 2013  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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