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Going through Hell: Belief in a punitive afterlife linked to lower well-being, study finds

Those who believe some people face eternal torment in the afterlife tend to be less satisfied with their current life and less happy, according to a new study published in PLoS One. “Although religiosity is consistently tied to greater well-being, little research has examined which elements of religious belief offer mood…

Lawrence O’Donnell: GOP could be lost to reality forever

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell attacked the idea that the government was incapable of creating jobs during his ‘Rewrite’ segment. “It has become a matter of religious belief for Republicans that government does not create jobs,” he said. “The Republican grip on reality has been loosening every day for years now.…

Let the hideous beasts out of the closet

The post below devolved into the same conversation that often happens when an atheist uses the same public forums aggressively used by believers to spread their beliefs—i.e., speaking up in books and websites. Why do atheists have to go around making the nice religious people uncomfortable? The religious people invoked…

Let’s not forget who is discriminating and who is discriminated against

One thing that continues to frustrate me about the pharmacy refusal debates is that all the attention is paid to the rights of pharmacists to religious freedom, and none is paid to the rights of their customers that are being violated. I think in part this is because almost all…

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