The Threat of Monkey-Faced Jesus

About 2 weeks ago, news came to light of an unfortunate story involving¬† church in Zaragoza Spain, a century old fresco of Jesus, and the church’s attempt to restore the image to its original form. Over the years the image painted by¬†Elias Garcia Martinez had deteriorated, mostly affected by moisture, and the face of Jesus was becoming harder and harder to see. One well-meaning parishioner, the octogenarian Cecilia Gimenez, upon seeing...

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3 Questions – An Update

For those who don’t know, the 3 Questions project aims to gather together various voices from the atheist, skeptic and agnostic communities in an effort to have these voices heard. So often we only hear the voices of those who are seen to be in positions of power, those who have blog syndication or very popular blogs, or those who write for media outlets such as Huffington Post or The Examiner. Some of those voices are represented in my...

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Welcome to The Family

America and the Middle East have a reputation for religious nuttery. It comes in may forms, but almost always it’s the fundamentalists and Biblical/Koranic literalists that are at the helm of the nuttery. But this nuttery is not limited to the USA and the Middle East. Not by a longshot. Religious nuttery is found all over the world even in Australia. It is at this point that I introduce you to The Family. The Family International (TFI)...

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Special Project – 3 Questions

Yesterday, when looking for inspiration for something to write that didn’t involve misogyny or Atheism Plus (yes even I get tired of talking on some topics), I got an idea for a small project, one that involves you, dear reader. It’s called “3 Questions”, and it is exactly as it sounds; I will ask the atheist/agnostic/skeptic community 3 questions about the importance of atheism, skepticism or agnosticism to themselves,...

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Joel Cohen on Big Think – Demography and the Real Challenges of Humanism

There’s a lot of talk about the role of atheism as a movement lately. Some are saying we need to splinter off into a new sub-group called AtheismPlus (or A+ for short). Some are saying this is no different from secular humanism. Some are saying that the creation of a new group is creating an exclusivity which the new group hopes to demolish. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure how I feel about this. One thing I do know is that, for...

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