If God says, pi == 3, does that make it so?
A nice little tale: Door-to-door religious idiots
Utah Republican blames Satan for immigration. Who does he blame for our invasion of Iraq? [via Dave]
Jim writes: "This is a bad path to go down." He's right: some U.K. schools are dropping the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims.
Evolution disproved with peanut butter [via Joshua]
The Brick Testament — The Bible. In Lego.
Raising the Titanic, sinking Christianity? Has James Cameron found Jesus' tomb? And what does it mean if he has?
For Kris, Paul J., and other like-minded folk: The Holy Blitz rolls on, an interview with the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. (A NYT excerpt from the latter — login required.) This is thought-provoking stuff. [via this excellent Metafilter post — I encourage everyone to read it]
Mormon cultural tournament — this is pretty hilarious, but probably only to Mormons (or ex-Mormons like me)
Being an atheist in America isn't easy — "In the midst of religious revival, three scholars argue that atheism is smarter."
Americans don't believe in evolution (but it makes no difference, really, in my opinion — evolution occurs whether we believe in it or not)
In the company of Zen, a conversation with Robert Pirsig
The Book of Current Superstitions (from 1896)
A little flip, but useful nonetheless: The Middle East Buddy List. Everyone hates Israel, and Israel hates everyone.
The big religion comparison chart — just what it sounds like
One of the most evil men in Oregon is at it again: Lon Mabon comes out of the closet
Every day, in every way, I'm amazed that you people voted for this man "The lessons of Katrina are important," Bush said. "We've learned a lot here at the federal level. We're much more ready this time than we were the last time." "Let's, first of all, pray there's no hurricanes," Bush said. "That would be, like, step one." That reads like some sort of joke, but it isn't. That's the President of the United States of America, and a total moron.
Scientology: a bedtime story is an hilarious video mocking/explaining the church's beliefs.
I hear a lot of people complaining that Portland (and Oregon) are conservative and religious. I just don't get it. Portland is generally liberal, and one of the least religious places in this nation. Take a gander at mapping religion in America, which provides all sorts of lovely maps detailing the breakdown of religious belief in this country.
Theatrically released feature films with
major characters who are Mormons — because everyone wants to know. [via lookit]
Parting the Red Sea — don't like your country? Make your own! Plans to take over South Carolina and convert it to a sovereign "goldy nation". [via Kris]
Their own version of a Big Bang — why are religionists so scared of evolution? Why do they not even take the time to understand it?
From this week's New Yorker comes Far from Narnia: Phillip Pullman's secular fantasy for children
What it feels like to be an atheist. I haven't read the entire article yet, but what I've read seems spot-on.
Anti-evolution is one thing, but anti-science? Kansas school board rewrites the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena. Don't like what science teaches you? Change the meaning of science! Frickin' idiots.
Saint Triceratops (from The Lives of the Saints)
Holy war looms over Narnia film — Philip Pullman speaks his mind