The Satanic Temple continues to mine the worst tricks from church subculture in what is either a misguided effort to win new followers or an attempt at parody. In either case, they're capitalizing on an Orange County ruling last year that allows religious adherents to hand out pamphlets at schools. The ruling came at the behest of a Christian group called The World Changers of Florida, but cracked the door for the Satanic Temple to distribute their own literature. And children's Satanic literature is, as you might expect, interesting. As with a lot of material from the Satanic Temple, it's not entirely clear how much is genuine and how much is tongue-in-cheek, but don't expect kids to be able to tell the difference either ... Discuss
Religion makes people more generous. That’s the finding of a recent poll commissioned by BBC that asked more than 2,500 people questions about their religious beliefs and their giving habits. The poll numbers—which were collected by the research group ComRes—found that respondents across the U.K. who claimed to be practicing believers were more likely to have made a recent charitable donation than those who were not religious. Read More
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side like any other kid with a sense of humor, but as far as the superhero graphic novel thing went, I never really connected.
I think I had a hard time immersing into those worlds because to do so, you pretty much had to suspend reality. Where’s the drama if bullets can’t hurt the tights-wearing hero? I’ve never really liked entertainment where I felt like I had to turn off my brain to enjoy it. Read More
Using the most recent U.S. Religion Census data, The Washington Post has created these maps (you can go here to see a larger version of the one below) showing what religions other than Christianity (which is the most popular in the United States) and what Christian denominations are popular in states and areas across the country ... Discuss