There are times where we post videos of pastors or conservative pundits saying ridiculous things and their defenders will say we're taking them out of context.
But when Christians lie so clearly, and the evidence is so conclusive, you really have to wonder how brainwashed their supporters are to just ignore the story.
Listen to pseudo-historian David Barton
explain President Obama's recent Thanksgiving proclamation:
Barton: One of the unfortunate things, this is in the past several years, the Thanksgiving message out of the White House no longer even mentions God. When we give thanks, God's not part of that. Andrew Wommack: Part of that's because of who is in the White House.
Barton: That's a real problem. You check Thanksgiving proclamations of this president with the previous ones and it's not the same.
That's an easy thing to factcheck!
Nearly a decade ago, Reed College student Leslie Zukor
began a fascinating project. She knew that most prison libraries were full of religious books, often donated by church groups, and she wanted to offer prisoners an alternative. So she contacted a number of atheist authors, many of whom donated their books to the cause, and began sending boxes of freethought books to prisons across the country
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Leslie Zukor surrounded by donated freethought books[/caption]
To say the project was a success would be an understatement
. For many prisoners used to reading the Bible and books about Jesus because there were just no other options, it was a breath of fresh to get their hands on something like The God Delusion
. Ultimately, before the project slowed down due to things like ever-increasing shipping costs, Zukor said she had sent out approximately 1,650 books
to a variety of prison-donating organizations across the country.
Today, it thrills me to announce that the Center for Inquiry is resurrecting the program
and also coordinating a pen-pal program between inmates and volunteers:
Feast your eyes on this addition to the (sub)urban landscape:
According to Topekasnews.com
, "prayer booths" like these have been placed all over Kansas City, Kansas in recent months.
Since the booths were put in throughout town several months ago, Kansas City data tracking confirms that on average, the prayer booths receive over 100,000 callers per week. “It is therapeutic, that is how we lobbied them through city council,” local pastor Reverend Miles Collier reports. ”We said these prayer booths are not just for Christians, but for any person to take a break to close their eyes, ask out loud for what they need in life and just take a break from it all. It is like having a free counseling session.”
The account is confirmed by media outlets as varied as Democratic Underground
, and India Today
, if by "confirm" you mean "copied."
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice
series, responds to the claim some Christians have made about "dying," going to Heaven, and then coming back to Earth
to tell us all about it through their bestselling books:
We'd love to hear your thoughts on the project -- more videos will be posted soon -- and we'd also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!