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Saipov Wasn’t a “Member” of ISIS, But That Misses the Point

…in the animated chats of the online social networks and as readers of the online ISIS literature. This online network constituted a separate movement. In the Twitter chats they often would call themselves baqiyah, a term that means something that survives or endures, and in this case refers to the enduring online ISIS community. In one of a series of tweets from a teenager in Canada, he said that his parents found some of his messages and were tr…

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Will God-Gaming Alter the Bible?

…GmbH is releasing the beta version of The Bible Online: Heroes, the first installment of a projected series of MMORTS (massively multiplayer online real-time strategy) “games” based on the Bible.  MMORTS games take place in a world that continues to exist and evolve even while any given player isn’t playing. According to the press release, there is an RPG (role-playing game) component too; players can expect to play as Abraham, and “as the leader…

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Pornography’s Dirty Little Secret: What We Say vs. What We Do

…bjection to porn doesn’t stop people from watching. Given the high rate of online porn use documented in highly religious, conservative states, moral pressure may mean that people are watching porn yet feeling guilty for doing so. With easy online porn access, and concerns about its impact on sexuality and interpersonal relations, the issue has taken center stage in national and global public debates. In the United States, the question about wheth…

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“Dark” Skin No Longer a Curse in Online Book of Mormon

…receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge to the Nephites.” * New online version: “Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cut off from the presence of the Lord, are cursed, and become a scourge unto the Nephites.” A second changed chapter heading appears in Mormon, chapter 5: * Old version: “The Lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and loathsome people. . .” * New online version: “Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites will be scatt…

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‘Cult’ Is an Inaccurate, Unhelpful and Dangerous Label for Followers of Trump, QAnon, and 1/6

…. Lately, Trump and some supporters have begun to claim that he will be “reinstated” as president in August 2021, after there have been recounts in some states where, they believe, widespread voter fraud has taken place. (It shouldn’t be necessary, but sadly it is, to note here that there is no meaningful evidence of widespread voter fraud or that any recount would affect the result of the election.) This repeated setting of dates is reminiscent o…

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As We Survey the Damage of Yesterday’s Violence, What Will Christian Nationalist Politics Look Like in 2021? New Report Offers Clues

…church-state separation issues for 2020 and laying out areas of concern for 2021. Sensibly framed in terms of promoting religious equality for all—including the nonreligious—the annual report, which American Atheists first issued in 2018, tracks both “positive” (upholding church-state separation) and “negative” (undermining church-state separation) factors, which serve as the basis for an index used to issue convenient individual scorecards for ea…

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2021 National Prayer Breakfast: A Kinder Gentler Christian Capitalism

The 2021 National Prayer Breakfast (NPB), held annually the first Thursday in February and attended by every sitting President since its founding in 1953, reverted this year to dishing out their faith based programming on fine china in lieu of the fast-food version served by the Trump White House. As expected, media coverage of NPB focused on President Joe Biden’s bipartisan message of national unity and faith in light of the January 6 Capitol in…

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Sharing Many of the Same Flaws as its Subject ‘The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill’ Podcast Puts Blame Anywhere But Where It Belongs

…evidence that I’ve shared here suggests, Driscoll’s “verbal articulation” online should have been alarming to many. Yet those who promoted and capitalized from the controversy Driscoll catalyzed through the digital medium not only agreed in principle with what he said, but they could exploit Driscoll’s self-proclaimed “riot evangelism” while maintaining a safe enough distance from the scandals and harm to remain clear of criticism themselves. No…

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Bill Mill-ennialism: Arkansas’ End Times Politics May Be Coming to a State Near You

…y 2020, the Conservative Baptist Network backed the losing candidate in the 2021 election for SBC president. But their vision is long term. The organization’s Steering Council includes NACL chapter chairs and advisory board members, including Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley, Bob McEwen, Mike Huckabee, Rod Martin, (a member of the Executive Committee of the SBC) and Tony Perkins. Chad Connelly, who also straddles the two organizations, is, in t…

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Catholic Archbishop Takes On Jesuit Magazine’s Slam on “Ecumenism of Hate”; and More in Global LGBT Recap

…ed them marital housing. China: Activists angered over ban on LGBT content online A government ban on online content featuring same-sex relationships has angered many activists, reports the BBC: There are 84 categories of material that were banned from online video programmes by Chinese censors, including prostitution, drug addiction, extra-marital affairs and what authorities deem to be “unhealthy” views of the family, relationships and money. A…

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