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How Atheism Can Be a Form of Betrayal in the Black Community

Atlanta’s NPR affiliate did a really nice interview yesterday with Mandisa Thomas of the Black Nonbelievers all about the issue of atheism in African-American society:

Atlanta’s NPR affiliate did a really nice interview yesterday with Mandisa Thomas of the Black Nonbelievers all about the issue of atheism in African-American society:

“Our community has been based around the church and religion. Christianity in particular has had an extreme influence on our community and it has become a sense of tradition, so that to question those beliefs and to somehow challenge the idea that a God doesn’t exist, it is very, very polarizing,” Thomas said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Check out the full conversation on their website.

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For Certain Christians, Lying for Jesus is Justified in the Abortion Wars

Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another."There's quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God's will done on Earth. We don't have to look far for examples of it -- from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of "crisis pregnancy centers." Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.shutterstock_296153609
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