Now that marriage equality has been signed into law
in Illinois, the anti-gay-rights Illinois Family Institute is bored. Instead of redirecting their energy to a more worthy cause -- like a political science class or maybe yoga -- the nonprofit Christian ministry created a sloppy image
attempting to satirize the state's recent marriage victory.
Perhaps more than any other material they've ever produced, this graphic proves that IFI have no idea what they're talking about. If this is the logic that guided their work, it's no wonder they lost.
The fake label reads "Same-Sex Marriage: Emergency Energy for a Desperate Politician" and the product it's selling is as like to convince you to oppose gay marriage as it is nutritious.
Here are their "ingredients" for same-sex marriage:
is a young filmmaker from Canton, Ohio who just finished his first autobiographical documentary, Stray From the Flock: The Story of a Black Atheist
. It's not a slick film, but it's heartfelt and genuine. I think it's going to stay with me for a long time, which is refreshing amidst so much polished but forgettable movie tripe.
Going by the old auteur's adage to "write what you know," Andre makes good use of his easy access to his own extended family. His uncles and cousins and nieces, and his mom, are all pretty comfortable in front of the camera, and they don't hold back when Andre asks them probing questions about belief and non-belief. See for yourself (this is the whole 51-minute film, not just an excerpt):
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice
series, discusses Sagebrush Community Church's recent "Tithing Challenge"
where they said they'd return your donations if God didn't reward you in 90 days:
This week, NPR published a profile of Taylor Muse
, the leader of an Austin-based indie rock band that got their start when they left Christianity. Now, members of Quiet Company pride themselves on music that encourages questioning, or even rejecting, faith and opting for a life of Humanism instead.
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Muse, 31, told NPR his adolescence revolved around his Southern Baptist church in Texas. But after he moved away, got married, and discovered Kurt Vonnegut
, among other big life changes, he realized he couldn't participate in Christianity anymore.
Remember when Brian Pallister
, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, offered holiday greetings
to "infidel atheists
Winnipeg Free Press
reporter Bartley Kives
turned the whole incident into a lovely song he calls "Jingle Bells, Infidels!