An atheist mom's blog post on CNN.com was so controversial—imagine being a mother and not teaching your child to worship Jesus—that editors nearly removed the offending material. But the Texas mom's reasons for raising her Texan child without religion "struck a chord," meaning it went viral on the Internet. Some 650,000 page views later, there was a change of heart at CNN.com. Maybe an atheist mom should be allowed to keep her child, after all.
This week, she gained a whole new audience and the reassurance that she's not alone. Her essay on CNN iReport, “Why I Raise My Children Without God,” drew 650,000 page views, the [...]
"A man is escorted by security from a televised darts match after being taunted by the crowd – because he looked like Jesus." Verily, verily, I say unto you, there is video.
How did you celebrate Easter? I personally welcomed our Lord's return by drinking an unwise amount, a decision for which I am currently paying the inevitable price. But, you know, it's the resurrection; if you're not gonna rejoice in that, what are you going to rejoice in? Anyway, He is risen. As this news report points out, the same thing can't be said for the bunny. This morning I am feeling a lot more like the bunny than the other guy.
If you are wondering what a Tim Tebow is but don't have time to examine the voluminous coverage surrounding him of late, this should get you caught up.
"A group of Pakistanis met in Islamabad late last month to discuss the impact of U.S. drone strikes in their communities. One of the attendees was a 16-year-old boy named Tariq Aziz who had volunteered to learn photography to begin documenting drone strikes near his home. Within 72 hours of the meeting Aziz was killed in a U.S. drone strike. His 12-year-old cousin was also killed in the Oct. 31 attack." —U.S. drones have killed 175 children. (via)
"Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek 'deeply religious' elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller government, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government." —Much as we described to you in vivid detail yesterday, the hard data also shows that the Tea Party has little [...]
"In the Middle Ages it would have been greeted in the same way that David Beckham's sweaty shirt would be greeted today." —British Museum curator James Robinson explains the appeal of the Mandylion of Edessa, a washcloth that supposedly shows the face of Jesus Christ. The "holy towel" will go on display in Britain this June. The Jesus of our age, meanwhile, spent yesterday buying British foodstuffs in Los Angeles. He was not wearing a button-down shirt.