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The Relationship Between Atheism and Suicide is More Nuanced Than These Christians Think

February 5, 2016

On the show Christian Today, Eric Hovind and Paul F. Taylor recently posed a question to atheists: Absent Christianity, why is suicide a bad thing?The pair made the case that Christianity is what fostered the idea that suicide was wrong to begin with, citing everything from ancient Roman times to the Synod of 425 AD to prove their case. They seem to believe that all atheists embrace the idea that suicide is a legitimate, acceptable way to exit life, because our godlessness means we have no reason to value it.SuicideChristian
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The Relationship Between Atheism and Suicide is More Nuanced Than These Christians Think

February 5, 2016

On the show Christian Today, Eric Hovind and Paul F. Taylor recently posed a question to atheists: Absent Christianity, why is suicide a bad thing?The pair made the case that Christianity is what fostered the idea that suicide was wrong to begin with, citing everything from ancient Roman times to the Synod of 425 AD to prove their case. They seem to believe that all atheists embrace the idea that suicide is a legitimate, acceptable way to exit life, because our godlessness means we have no reason to value it.SuicideChristian
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Paul Ryan’s National Prayer Breakfast Comments Highlight the Problem with Religious Republicans

February 4, 2016

Watching the National Prayer Breakfast as an atheist is really an act of masochism. To see the separation of Church and State made a mockery by national leaders is like nails on a chalkboard. So don't worry -- I did it for you.Most of it was what we've come to expect from such affairs, but it was the comments made by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan this morning that truly highlighted the crux of the problem with the Religious Right and public office (32:40 - 36:40):RyanPrayerBreakfast
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Bernie Sanders: I’m Only Running for President Because of My “Very Strong Religious… Feelings”

February 4, 2016

Speaking in front of a New Jersey crowd Wednesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders was asked about his faith. It's a pretty standard, even if irrelevant, line of questioning faced by presidential candidates. In a world of separation of church and state, a candidate's religious holdings should have nada to do with the way they govern.SandersReligionBut Sanders, being Sanders, just had to go ahead and challenge that. He started off by deflating the atheists who were rooting for a secular candidate, saying:
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Ted Cruz Didn’t Beat Donald Trump With the Religious Right in Iowa

February 2, 2016

It was hard not to do a little knee-jerk reaction cheering when Donald Trump lost in Iowa last night, especially with that ramble of a concession speech that sounded a lot like a drunken "I love you, man" frat boy rant than a political address. The Donald had been taken down a peg, and it was a glorious thing to behold.Until it hit you that Senator Ted Cruz -- easily the most radically conservative and religious viable candidate on the right -- was the one who'd taken first prize. As he took a 30-minute victory lap that could have just as easily been mistaken for a backwater revival church sermon, glee gave way to dread. What did Iowa's exaltation of this fire-and-brimstone evangelical over the favored business mogul mean? Was the Religious Right about to strike back with a vengeance?I wouldn't count on it.CruzIowaSpeech
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