Fake Dead Sea Scroll purchased by Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green

David Green and the Joys of Schadenfreude


David Green is the billionaire owner of Hobby Lobby. He is very interested – maybe obsessed – with early Christian Bible artifacts. He’s part of a group of ultra-rich evangelicals who are collecting those artifacts. Where there is a demand, there will always be someone prepared to meet it. And it’s a lot easier to…

Jeffress's selfie with Trump (via Facebook)

Jeffress and Evolution


Reverend Robert Jeffress is pastor of a 13,000 member megachurch, First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. He claims to be Donald Trump’s “spiritual mentor.” On the evidence, Reverend Jeffress hasn’t had much luck at that, at least as far as the Ten Commandments are concerned. 1 It would be much more accurate, on the available…

Rev. Rehill’s Fantasies


Rev. Dan Rehill removed the Harry Potter novels from the library at Catholic St. Edward School in Nashville: These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the book are actual curses and spells, which when read by a…

LDS Salt Lake City Temple

LDS News Release: We’re Slightly Less Bigoted


WC doesn’t want to come across as anti-Mormon. WC is an atheist. The Latter-Day Saints are neither more nor less silly than any other religion, and their practitioners are neither more nor less sincere in their beliefs. But when any church issues a press releases announcing, in effect, that they are slightly less bigoted by…

Dante's Inferno, 8th Circle, Bolgia 5

Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s Failure of Imagination


In an interview in the Washington Post recently, Jerry Falwell, Jr., the son and scion of the religious bigot and hypocrite the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, said “I can’t imagine him [Trump] doing anything that’s not good for the country.” Before we examine that epic failure of imagination, let’s examine the man we are talking about…

Penguins on a Polar Bear, North End, Boise, Idaho

Christmas and Science: A Photo Essay


WC likes Christmas. WC is an admitted fan of fantasy and science fiction. But when you mix the two? Not so much. And, brothers and sisters, our callous, capitalist culture has taken a Mixmaster™ to the two. You think WC is indulging in hyperbole? Some examples: Dinosaurs – except for one family of theropods –…

In Defense of Richard Dawkins


Some of WC’s readers may sensibly think that Richard Dawkins is fully capable of defending himself and doesn’t need any help from sometime-intellectual wannabes like WC. Fair enough. Those readers can take this post as an attack on progressive radio station KFPA and the authoritarian left. Because what happened is ignorant and outrageous, as deeply…

Cunieform tablet smuggled in to the United States by Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby, Hypocrisy and Christian Values


WC’s readers complain from time to time that WC is to harsh in writing about religion and Christianity in particular. On the contrary, WC suggests that he has not been harsh enough. Those Christian exemplars at Hobby Lobby, those pious hypocrites who fought to keep from being required to provide birth control coverage to their…

Senator Dan Foreman (R, Moscow, ID)

We Get the Government We Deserve: Senator Dan Foreman


Every nation gets the government it deserves. — Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre Idaho Republican State Senator Foreman represents – for a given definition of “represents” – the citizens, of Moscow, Idaho.1 Senator Foreman is a former fighter pilot and law enforcement officer. Whatever his education, it didn’t include science. Or common courtesy. Senator Foreman has gained…

The Pre-Copernican Universe

Dogma and Reality


At one point, not all that long ago in human history, religious scholars in the West thought that the earth was the center of the universe, embedded in a series of crystalline spheres. Beyond those crystalline sphere was Heaven, the domain of the Christian God. It was a comforting view of the Universe, with the…

No Blinkers, No Blinders

Yeah, But How to Solve It?


The unidentified blogger at Forsetti’s Justice does a nice job of describing one of the problems with white, rural America, the “fly-over America.” A significant percentage of that population describes themselves as Christian Fundamentalists, folks who take every word of the Christian Bible – especially the King James translation – as literally true. If that’s…

Niven and Pournelle: Escape from Hell


WC’s parents had a 1948 edition of the White translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the one with the Doré engravings. Those engravings were dark, gruesome and vivid; they were fascinating to a teenager, and sucked WC in to Dante’s great work. And demonstrated to WC that the first book of The Divine Comedy, “Inferno,” was by far the most…

Idaho’s Bible Bill: A Thought Experiment


Idaho Senate’s Education Committee has introduced Senate Bill 1321, which would amend Idaho’s education code by adding this new section: 33-1604. USE OF THE BIBLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.The Bible is expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to further the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, United States…