The Society of Edmonton Atheists revealed that it will be running ads on 10 buses for four weeks in the Edmonton area with a message that it's "good" for people to be "godless." The ads feature the famous painting "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo, but with God erased.
The group explained in a statement that it chose the message for a number of reasons, part of which is to push back "against the myth that non-believers lack morality," and to support a "non-supernatural" view of reality that "encourages better informed decisions and is good for society." Similarly, one of the stated goals behind the ads is an effort to remove stigma of the word 'atheist.'"
For the artwork, the original of which is part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and features God giving Adam life, the group explained: "It's instantly recognizable which quickly conveys a message. Since these ads are on buses we wanted our message to be easily recognizable even if it passes by in quick traffic. We also think that it's a beautiful piece of artwork." more >>
Starbucks has launched a well-meaning campaign designed to foster dialog about race and racism. Called "Race Together," it is being hailed by some as potentially disastrous and others as brilliant.
I don't doubt the program is well intended, and I don't want to discuss its potential efficacy in addressing issues of racial bigotry. On that score, we can all hope it's a big success. As I've written elsewhere, racism is a sin against God and should be eschewed by every Christian, indeed by every decent person.
Rather, I'm concerned with one of the questions Starbucks is publishing in a "conversation guide" for discussing race: "How have your racial views evolved from those of your parents?" more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are expecting their first child and have now surpassed the 39-week milestone, marking the moment with a family dinner and photos on Instagram.
"Happy 9 monthiversary @JillMDillard!!!" Dillard captioned his Instagram photo while wearing a "#newdad" T-shirt. "A LOT has happened since June 21! I am blessed beyond measure and every day is even better with you baby! You're my best friend, and I love you with all my heart! #newlyweds #newdad."
The couple also spent time with Jessa and her husband, Ben, who posted photos to his own Instagram account. more >>
Christian activist Kara Tippetts died on Sunday after battling metastatic breast cancer; Tippetts wrote about her experience with the disease and encouraged others to live and fight rather than take their own lives via assisted suicide.
Tippetts battled the disease for quite some time, blogging about her experience and faith throughout the struggle. She married her husband, Jason, and the couple had four children. Tippetts also wrote a book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard. Tippetts was adamant about living her life to the fullest and making the most of every moment with her family and friends while she was able.
"In the daily battle with cancer one can imagine the countless direction discouragement can come from in one simple day," Tippetts wrote in February. "I am blessed with people who remind me of grace, goodness, what is to come. My reminderers — I have many. Carl comes nearly every day and points me to Jesus. He is reading through Psalm 119 with me. Some days the encouragement is easily found while other days leave us looking for the deeper story of redemption in anguish." more >>
You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC has become a media star for his belated recognition of the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie out of Ferguson, Missouri. Better late than never, except for the fact that this liberal narrative was always in dispute. There was never any legitimate reason to believe that Police Officer Darren Wilson had simply fired on Michael Brown for no reason.
The appropriate reaction to Capehart's Damascus Road conversion to the truth should be: What took you so long? And what will you do to make sure you never fall for such a vicious lie again?
Don Irvine, the chairman of Accuracy in Media, notes in his blog on the AIM website that Capehart admitted the narrative was wrong after the Department of Justice found Wilson's side of the story to be true. Capehart said, "What DOJ found made me ill." Irvine commented, "I would be ill too if I had helped push a false narrative that gave fuel to the riots in Ferguson that have cost businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars, and ruined the career of Officer Wilson." more >>
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has been placed on Block Bot, a program that hides people on Twitter deemed to be offensive or abusive. Dawkins, who has been accused by users of being racist and a "rape-apologist," said that he objects to being libelled.
"I have no objection to being blocked. Please block me if you wish. What I object to is being libelled, and linked with spammers and harassers," Dawkins wrote on Twitter in response.