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Golden Rule

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump Reveals His Favorite Bible Passage—Which He Made Up

Although he’s repeatedly named the Bible as his favorite book, let’s just say that Scripture isn’t Trump’s strong point.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

17 Biblical Rules for Marriage Kim Davis Should Really Take a Look At

Can zombies get married, according to the Bible?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Trump and the Bible

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

No, GOP, Biblical Marriage Was Not Between One Man and One Woman

The freakout by the Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provokes me to revise and reprise the following points.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Bible Marriage

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE

Science Skeptics

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

If Jesus Had a Wife, Would It Change the GOP War on Women?

A Coptic fragmentary manuscript page that dates back to a few hundred years after Jesus’ death (and the text of which may go back to the second century) has been found by radiocarbon and ink testing to be authentic.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE

‘Cosmos’ Host Neil deGrasse Tyson to Creationists: Sorry, but Universe Is More Than 6,500 Years Old

We’re talking billions of years older, in fact—to the tune of nearly 14 billion years, but who’s counting?

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

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Dear GOP: Top 5 Biblical Marriage Moments Far Worse Than Gay Marriage

David Edwards at Raw Story quotes Mitt Romney on “Meet the Press” as saying, “But I think marriage should be defined in the way that it has been defined for several thousand years ... ” implying, by the Bible.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE

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Camel Bones and Jerusalem: Archeology Shows Bible Written Late, Full of Errors

A new paper by Israeli archeologists Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef is bad news for biblical literalists and far right wing Israeli nationalists who use the Bible for support.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

Duck Dynasty

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

Tea Party Tantrum

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

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David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book explores “lopsided conflicts,” though he warns us that “we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong. … Giants are not what we think they are,” and we often mistake privilege for strength.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE

Christian Bible ‘Insane, Bronze Age Malarkey,’ Maher Tells Kimmel

The “Real Time” host appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday where he mocked a number of his favorite topics including religious holidays, the Catholic Church and the Bible.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE

Jesus’ Children

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE    

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What Happens When Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible?

The Earth is just 6,000 years old, racial diversity is the result of a curse being placed on Noah’s son, the sun can stand still and move backward and the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles. These are some of the startling things students in Texas are learning, according to a new report.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE

Sacred Cows

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE

Some Christmas Inspirations

There is much dispute and dialogue among scholars over what to make of the Christmas narratives in the Scriptures and the connection between what was written and what we can know about what happened.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

A Piece of Cake

In his satirical lexicon on human nature, “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defined truth as “an ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.” In deference to the profound wisdom offered by that definition, it’s not hard to see why I’ve spent my whole life being fleeced by bullshit and blindsided by a reality indifferent to truth.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE    

Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Acts of Love

Love, the defining and most glorious element in human life, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / euripedies

A Peek at the Military’s Budget for Eternal Salvation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE

Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE

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What Does the Bible Say About Marriage?

Following the legalization of gay marriage in New York last month, people using religion to justify their bigotry have cried loud and hard about the chaos that’s sure to descend upon the U.S. for the defilement of what they call one of Christianity’s most sacred institutions. Fortunately, some of the Bible’s more intellectually honest students are speaking up. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE

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Nothing but the Bible for These South Carolina Inmates, ACLU Says

A South Carolina jail is denying its inmates access to any reading material other than the Bible, the ACLU says, quoting an email from a jail staffer.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE

Churchy State

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE

Palin in Homer

Angry Alaskan Confronts ‘Celebrity’ Palin

Here we have one Kathleen Gustafson, miffed resident of Homer, Alaska, making her displeasure with former Gov. Sarah Palin clear by invoking the Bible, calling Palin a “celebrity”—no, that’s not a compliment—and hoisting ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE

Playboy coffee machine
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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE

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Tilikum, According to the Book of Exodus

Last month’s trainer tragedy at SeaWorld has taken on biblical proportions. According to an evangelical pastor evidently given to consulting the Old Testament in reference to theme park disasters, the book of Exodus suggests that Tilikum, the orca responsible for killing handler Dawn Brancheau, should have been dealt with in the manner of a murderous ox.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Gay Animals Edition

Today on the list: the power of same-sex liaisons, poetry in the Bible and more. Update

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Jonathan Kirsch on ‘The Woman Who Named God’

Is the biblical tale of Hagar “a creation story as important as the Garden of Eden,” as Charlotte Gordon argues in her provocative new book?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE

Book of Genesis

God Gets the R. Crumb Treatment

Drawing God is an age-old challenge, but ultra-quirky illustrator R. Crumb was up for it—although it took a lot of white-out to do the job, which seems fitting somehow. Crumb tackled the first 50 chapters of the Old Testament in his latest creation, simply titled “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb,” and lo, it is good.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE

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Conservatives Stripping ‘Liberal Bias’ From the Bible

A group of conservatives is working on “a thought-for-thought translation” of the Bible “without corruption by liberal bias.” Yes, that Bible. The organization seeks to create a document that, among other things, is “Not Emasculated,” that “Express[es] Free Market Parables” and that favors “conciseness [over] the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio.” That Jesus was such a wordy socialist.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE

Saint Sebastian
Follower of Pietro Perugino

The Bible Is Not Safe for Children

If public schools are to teach the “literature and history” of the Bible, as some Texans desire, will they leave out the parts that say it’s OK to kill your slaves and disobedient children?

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE

Detail from Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo

God Is Not a Fan of the Banking Industry

Do a quick Google search and you’ll find that God, as worshipped by Jews, Christians and Muslims, has some strong feelings about interest charges—or usury, as it’s known in the Hebrew Bible. Here’s a doozy from Ezekiel: “Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.” Ouch.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE

Gratuitous Hegemony

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE    

roller coaster

And God Said, ‘Let There Be Roller Coasters’

Imagine if you could learn about the Great Flood, or experience a high-tech interpretation of heaven and hell (Disney’s goofy infernal montage, complete with pop-up demons, from “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” notwithstanding), by plummeting down a hair-raising roller coaster ride. Not your idea of a good time?

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher Defends Elitism

The “Real Time” host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: “If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you’re Bill O’Reilly.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Alex Brandon

Huckabee on the Slippery Slope of Gay Marriage

Here’s further evidence that Mike Huckabee isn’t exactly worried about currying favor with Log Cabin Republicans: In an interview with, the conservative presidential candidate made the woefully familiar argument that condoning gay marriage is akin to condoning bestiality.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE

American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

There’s a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism these days, but how much do we really know about the brand of Christian fundamentalism that has developed in America since, and in response to, the Enlightenment?  Author James Carroll holds forth on the subject in this interview with TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / HO / The Bohle Co.

Praying for the Apocalypse

The author of “American Fascists” explores the Christian right’s obsession with Armageddon and the self-fulfilling holocaust it will produce.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Christianity’s African-American Soul

A New Testament scholar and ordained Baptist minister’s new book suggests that African Americans’ interpretation of Scripture best captures the authenic meaning of the Bible.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE

Jesus Camp

God’s Army of 6-Year-Olds

A prize-winning documentary called “Jesus Camp” chronicles the experiences of children as young as 6 who attend a summer camp to become the next Billy Graham. Truly sickening scene from the trailer: An adult pastor thunders at the children: “Had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death…. Warlocks are enemies of God.”

  • Unofficial trailer
  • American Prospect article on the phenomenon
  • Interview with the ‘Harry Potter’ pastor
  • Synopsis of the film

  • Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Anglican Leader: Don’t Teach Creationism in Schools

    Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, emphatically criticizes the teaching of creationism in schools.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE

    Poll: Half of U.S. Rejects Evolution, Backs Bible

    The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
    Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush Prays Beside Cheney

    President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

    Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE

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