The Best of AwayPoint

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Don’t want to spend time browsing?  The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, often under more than one title, together receiving over 2 million views. The site name given is where each first received an enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson, the First Amendment, and Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About Religious Freedom 200 Years From Now

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In 1878, the Supreme Court of the United States wrestled with a religious freedom case focused on Mormons and polygamy. In the written decision, Chief Justice Morrison Waite explained the court’s attempt to discern the intent of the First Amendment. … Continue reading

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Hey, Christians. Don’t Be Evil!

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Amidst the debris of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Atlanta Banana published a satirical news report: Little Caesar’s Pizza had been granted the religious freedom to feed Christian employees to lions. The trope of Christians getting fed to lions may have … Continue reading

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Child Evangelism Fellowship Targets Portland Children for Summer Salvation. Locals Fights Back

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In past summers, Child Evangelism Fellowship has targeted children in Boston, Denver, Chicago, Little Rock, Salt Lake City, and the Twin Cities for conversion to their brand of biblical fundamentalism. This summer they chose Portland, Oregon. It may have been … Continue reading

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Why “Fetal Personhood” is a Dangerous Word Game

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What does it mean to be a person? For the anti-abortion group, Personhood USA, a “person” is present from the moment a sperm penetrates an egg, and members are fighting to have their definition encoded into law. Online coaching tools … Continue reading

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Ten Commandments That Would Have Changed the World

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The American Bible Society funds an annual “State of the Bible” survey, and this spring the Christian Post cheered some of their findings: “The Bible continues to dominate both mind space and book retail space as America’s undisputed best-seller.” According … Continue reading

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Outspoken Anti-Theists and Secular Champions List Bible Verses They Actually Like

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A few years back, a cheeky Christian website named Ship Of Fools asked readers to vote on the worst verse in the Bible. The solicitation went out—“It could be a verse which is irredeemably naff, mind-numbingly boring, or a verse … Continue reading

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Eleven Kinds of Verses Bible-Believers Like to Ignore

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Bible-believing Christians play fast and loose with their sacred text. When it suits their purposes, they treat it like the literally perfect word of God, and, in a peculiar twist of logic, they quote the Bible itself to back up … Continue reading

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