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Charles Chilton Moore: The father of American atheism

In celebration of Freedom of Speech Week (observed October 18-24), I would like to illuminate the life of one of America's first prominent, outspoken atheists, Charles Chilton Moore, a man who was jailed for blasphemy because the sensitive Bible Belt dwellers of his time just couldn't stomach a little competition.



When one considers prominent United States atheists, depending on the social circles with which one regularly associates, the list is likely to be…

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Added by God is Pretend on October 16, 2010 at 1:35am — No Comments

The Mystery in the Box

I was just looking in my neighbor’s yard. There is a large wooden crate behind his deck that hasn’t been touched in the last 6 months. As far as I can tell, it is there to stay. This got me thinking about people’s belief in god.



If my neighbor told me that inside his crate was $1 billion, I would probably call him crazy. But if he told me that I could have the $1 billion, he might pique my interest for a moment. I’d want to see some…

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Added by God is Pretend on September 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Pastor Maury Davis quick to condemn others considering violent past

Senior Pastor Maury Davis of Cornerstone Church, a megachurch in Madison, today condemned President Obama on his Twitter feed for being "pro-Islam." He went on to say that he "can't imagine Christ saying one good thing about any other faith."



Without pointing out the most glaring things that are wrong with this man's statements, it should be noted that Pastor Davis was convicted of first-degree…

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Added by God is Pretend on August 20, 2010 at 12:08am — No Comments

Knoxville Mayor wins Tennessee GOP primary

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has locked up the Republican primary race for governor beating rivals Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.



Haslam will face Democratic nominee and businessman Mike McWherter in the November general election.



In a primary race that was laden with personal…

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Added by God is Pretend on August 6, 2010 at 12:10am — No Comments

Rep. Zach Wamp wants you to know he is Christian

With his latest ad, Rep. Zach Wamp wants you to remember that he is a Christian. It's not enough that he claims to have a strong conservative record behind him, you must know his personal religious views in order to make an informed decision. It is not enough that they believe what they believe, you must know what they believe and…

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Added by God is Pretend on August 1, 2010 at 9:44pm — No Comments

TN Lt. Gov. calls Islam a cult. And what is Christianity exactly?

With mere days before the primary election and with early voting underway, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is making controversial remarks about Islam. One could argue that he doesn't have a large Muslim constituency to offend, but that should not excuse a current public official from making degrading comments of questionable validity.



Ramsey was quoted by Talking Points Memo as having said, "Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it…

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Added by God is Pretend on July 29, 2010 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

TN gubernatorial candidates' stances on evolution

A new website sponsored by the Tennessee Newspaper Network makes easy work of comparing the current gubernatorial candidates' positions on various issues. Each candidate presents a different opinion on the subject which is a welcome departure from the typical party-lines talking points that tend to dominate discussion.



Sadly, the debate between evolution and intelligent design is…

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Added by God is Pretend on July 25, 2010 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Knoxville Mayor has five holy men as his confidants

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has a group of political confidants with which he meets every Friday morning. This isn't particularly strange in that many politicians have advisors and trusted friends from whom they

seek counsel on a variety of issues. What is worrisome is that his group

of advisors appear to be religious in nature.



In a video interview with David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, an organization whose mission is "to promote and…

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Added by God is Pretend on July 22, 2010 at 2:21am — No Comments

Rep. Zach Wamp preaches for votes

Rep. Zach Wamp made his message clear with few words: If you are not a

Christian, you lack the moral fiber necessary to defend your freedoms.

In a gubernatorial election that has seen many references to scripture

and appeals to religion, Wamp furthered the tone of

religious exclusivity with his July 4 visit to Higher Ground… Continue

Added by God is Pretend on July 18, 2010 at 1:46am — 2 Comments

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