Who doesn’t love a little god with their Corn Pops and grapefruit juice?
Is God scraping the barrel for miracles? – Martin Robbins. As Mr. Robbins puts it:
God used to be able to part seas and flood planets. By the end of the Old Testament he was turning people into pillars of salt and Aaron’s rod into a snake. At the time of Jesus, God our omnipotent deity was basically down to party tricks, and now, what, easing an old man’s backache for a few months?
Sex and death lie at the poisoned heart of religion – Polly Toynbee. This article has a more serious tone to it. Toynbee explains how the church’s controlling grip on reproduction, our bodies and sexuality, and how we perceive and handle death are the seat of the church’s power. My favorite snippet from the article:
As Ben Goldacre pointed out in this paper on Saturday, while this pope claims condoms “aggravate the problem” of HIV/Aids, two million die a year. Ann Widdecombe’s riposte that the Catholic church runs more Aids clinics than any single nation was like suggesting the Spanish Inquisition ran the best rehab clinics for torture victims.
And now for something on the lighter side: This video of Steve Martin performing “Atheists Ain’t Got No Songs” with the Steep Canyon Rangers at MerleFest 2010 has been out for a while, but it’s always good fun.