Troy Schnider

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The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

New research reveals we’re not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>April 26, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering …

Fear the Radical Christians Too

Lately we've been awash in a debate over the term "radical Islamist." Should we use it or not? For my money the answer is yes. In addition to savage beheadings and mass shootings, they want to send women back to the stone age.<p>But as a woman in the U.S., I don't fear them nearly as much as I fear …

Politician Wants Arrests After Gays Marry

There's a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants …

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10 Important Skills for Active Listening

January, 2015 <br>Listening is an important skill that, unfortunately, is not given its due worth in school curricula. Listening is the key to …

Religion’s sinister fairy tale: Extremists, the religious right, Reza Aslan and the fight for reason

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/HBO)</b><p>We must no longer ignore the propagation of apocalyptic fables that large numbers of people take seriously<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>January 4, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>I would like to thank Reza Aslan. In his recent Salon rebuttal to denunciations (including mine) of …

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R.I.P. R.A. Montgomery, writer and publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure

R.A. Montgomery, author and publisher of the <i>Choose Your Own Adventure</i> children’s book series, has died at age 78 at his home in Vermont.<p>Raymond …

Rosetta: Scientists await news of 'bouncing' comet probe

<b>Scientists are facing a tense wait to learn the fate of a robot probe that made a historic landing on a comet - but did not stay in place as planned.</b><p>Data from the Philae craft indicates it landed at least three times on the comet, after harpoons failed to attach it to the surface on the first …

Circus of GOP talking heads: I spent my post-election day watching Fox News

<b>Tucker Carlson (Fox News)</b><p>Amid the feasting, a note of “oh crap”: Now we have to make everybody unhappy, control Cruz, and fight Hillary<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>November 6, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>I have been reading “Lord of the Rings” to my kids over the last few weeks, and we just got to the part where the Orcs …

10 insane lessons religious schools are teaching American kids

<b>(plherrera via iStock)</b><p>How private voucher programs are using tax dollars to teach ideology<p>Katie Halper<p>March 24, 2014 12:51pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>School voucher programs are being debated everywhere you turn — in courtrooms, in state governments, and even in popular …

Delaware grandfather pens his own humorous obituary

Walter Bruhl Jr. got the last laugh.<p>The Delaware man, who died Sunday, penned his own humor-tinged obituary and left it for his family to find. Family and friends honored him with a private luncheon on Saturday.<p>"Walter George Brulh Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; he is no more; he …

For this touching photo series, prisoners wrote letters of advice to their past selves.

Who Was Carl Sagan?

The famed scientist, and celebrity, had a lot more going on than just hosting a television series.<p>It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York.<p>"A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl …