Steve Neumann

Rush Limbaugh’s Anti-Pope Freakout Proves That He Needs a Crash Course In Reading Comprehension

Shortly before beginning to write this, I read a transcript of a recent Rush Limbaugh show titled “The Pope’s ‘Science Advisor’ Is an Atheist Who Worships the Earth,” which begins:

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Atheists’ Self-Defeating Superiority: Why Joining Forces With Religion Is Best for Non-Believers

I’ve written before about the root causes of religious conflict. In a nutshell, it is not about what many people would like you to think it’s about, but I realized recently that I had still been missing part of the big picture, because I wasn’t accounting for what happens when people get caught up in narrowly tribalistic thinking. If there’s ever going to be a genuine, durable peace in the world, we have to overcome this tendency. And we atheists have to realize that we’re subject to the same pull of tribalism as are religious believers.

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This Is Your Brain on Outrage: How Political Rhetoric Is Making Us Crazy

Now that the Republicans have taken control of Congress, we can expect a dialing downof the vitriol they’ve been spewing at President Obama, their Democrat congressional counterparts and the American left generally. Right?

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Cut It Out, Atheists! Why It’s Time to Stop Behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins

If you’re at all familiar with atheism in America, then the following two scenes should probably come as no surprise: Biologist Richard Dawkins exhorting his followers to mock and ridicule believers with contempt, Bill Maher telling MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that “religion is a neurological disorder.” As an atheist who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian milieu, I admit that this rhetoric is not without its appeal. But the atmosphere this kind of animus creates has become as pungent and disagreeable as the stale bread and cheap wine of the church I grew up in.

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