Posts tagged "religion"

Leah Remini Explains Why She Left Scientology

In 2013, actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology after having been a Scientologist for pretty much her entire life. In season 2 of her reality show “It’s All Relative,” she will be addressing why she left, as well as talking about life inside the church.
In a clip from this season (which you can

Robyn Pennacchia / July 16, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Russell Wilson & Ciara’s “No-Sex Vow” Weirds Me Out

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently did an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego’s Rock Church in which he not only confirmed that he has been dating pop star Ciara, but that the couple has vowed to go about their relationship “Jesus’s way” by abstaining from having sex until marriage. Wilson says he got the message…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 9, 2015

Sorry, But Tom Cruise Is Not Leaving Scientology — And He Probably Never Will

If you’ve spent any time on the internet in the last few days, you’ve likely seen a couple of posts on your favorite blogs or a few of your faves tweeting about a story in Star magazine claiming that Tom Cruise is finally, at long last, leaving the Church of Scientology. Star cites an “insider” who says Cruise…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 7, 2015

Do Something New: Attend A Baha’í Service

I can’t really remember the last time that I went to any kind of church service. It may have been May 2012, at my cousin’s wedding. It was shortly after that that I started my path down the atheist rabbit hole, studying the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and, eventually, falling out of my faith.
I’ve wondered…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 16, 2015

Wacky Homeschooling Mom Will Teach Darwin How To Science

She’s baaaaaaAAAAAaaaaack! Remember Megan Fox, the wacky creationist homeschool mom who got SO MAD at The Field Museum for not saying that dinosaurs were really dragons and whatnot? Well, she is back with a new video, and a new field trip – to the Creation Museum in Kentucky!
Megan had a lot of adventures on her…

Robyn Pennacchia / June 1, 2015

Homecoming Queen Killed By Texas Flood Is Mocked By Asshole Atheists For Believing In God

The Daily Beast reported on tragedy yesterday: Homecoming Queen Alyssa Ramirez lost her life after a flood in Texas swept her car away on her way home from prom. The details are pretty heartbreaking. The teen was only two miles away from home when she was caught in a flash flood. She called 911 and…

Tiffanie Drayton / May 28, 2015

You’ve Got To Watch “SNL”‘s Hilariously Scathing Scientology Spoof

This fake commercial from last night’s “Saturday Night Live” may be about a religion called the “Church of Neurotology,” but all of the details so closely resemble actual facts from the HBO doc (and book of the same name) “Going Clear,” that you almost can’t even call it a spoof of Scientology. Made to look…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 5, 2015

6 Additional Scientology Horror Stories We’d Like To See Covered In A “Going Clear” Sequel

Last night, HBO aired the documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which we at The Frisky have been excitedly awaiting since first hearing about it, as we are giant nerds about knowing everything there is to know about Scientology. In fact, Amelia helped research the book Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman! And,…

I Have My Own Religion And It Is Called “Stay Out Of Everyone’s Face”

Tuesday night, CNN aired a special on Atheism, called “Atheism: Inside The World Of Non-Believers.” I watched it, and, as a “non-believer,” I was not particularly amused. First of all, they called Richard Dawkins the “Father of Atheism,” which is 32 flavors of ridiculous, and second, the whole thing really seemed to portray atheists a…

Robyn Pennacchia / March 26, 2015

Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar Seeks $67 Million In Donations For Private Jet

If there’s one thing everyone always says about church it’s that they need more private jets. The eponymous Creflo Dollar (I cannot believe this is his name), Pastor at World Changers International Church in Georgia, is seeking funds for a $67 million jet with which he plans to spread his godly message around the world.

Katrin Higher / March 16, 2015

Is This Rabbi A Feminist Hero Or A Sadistic Male Torturer?

A trial began today in Trenton, New Jersey, for Orthodox Jewish rabbi Mendel Epstein, who has been charged with attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after being arrested for kidnapping and torturing Jewish men who refused to grant their wives divorces.
Epstein was indicted last May, though as the Village Voice reported back in 2013,…

Beejoli Shah / February 18, 2015

Let’s Stop Hating On This Woman For Finding Leggings “Lustful”

The go-to legging “controversy” has always been the “pants or not” debate, but these days, the focus seems to have shifted to the question of whether they’re some kind of symbol of sexual deviance. The most recent weigh-in comes from a woman named Veronica Partridge, who shared a post on her personal blog earlier this month about…

Claire Hannum / January 24, 2015

Watch A Bunch Of Scientologists Get Really Psyched About A Whole Lot Of Nothin’

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last eight years or so just immersing myself in Scientology silliness, so it’s kind of impressive to me that the Church still manages to amuse, surprise and horrify me as much as it does. Keep up the good work, Operating Thetans! This weekend, a friend sent me…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 29, 2014

Pat Robertson Thinks Gay People Will Go Extinct Because They Can’t Reproduce

On today’s edition of the “700 Club,” Pat Robertson received a phone call from a viewer asking him to weigh in on her church’s policy of forbidding members from dating or marrying anybody, which has made said members very frustrated because they are all getting older and would prefer not to die alone.

Robyn Pennacchia / December 17, 2014

Bill Nye Explains Evolution With Emojis

Bill Nye has been on an evolution-education kick lately. First, last week, he went on Newsmax’s “MidPoint” to talk about his vehement opposition to creationism being taught in public schools, or at all, to young children. When asked if creationism is making kids less intelligent, he responded:

“Absolutely. They’re holding the kid…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

Faith In Humanity In A Revolutionary Age

Faith in humanity is the only faith I have. As in, I don’t have faith in a god or anything particularly spiritual. I’m not going to waffle over that and say that there’s a possibility that a god, in fact, does exist, or that I could be wrong. I am certain that I’m not wrong.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 1, 2014

HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright’s Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

Welp, I think it’s safe to say that executives at HBO have been added to the Church of Scientology’s lengthy suppressive persons list, as the cable network is poised to turn Going Clear into a documentary. Due out in 2015, the documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney and be based on Lawrence Wright’s impeccably…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 24, 2014

The Problem With Refinery 29’s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 20, 2014

This Vagina-Scent Holy Water Madonna Sculpture Exists Pretty Transparently For The Sake Of Press

File this one under “ Extremely Mixed Feelings”: Olfactory artist Peter de Cupere has a one-day exhibit happening in which a Madonna figure made of holy water and “vaginal smell” will melt and fill the gallery with “the scent of passion.” :-/
The vaginal smell is authentic and sourced from a variety of women,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 24, 2014

Why I Refuse To Criticize Islam As A Feminist And Atheist

Sam Harris and Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins all want really badly for me to criticize Islam. They claim I’m scared to do so because Islamic extremists bully people into silence. They consider it a liberal failing that people like me have deferred to that bullying. They say it’s not “phobic” to criticize Islam, nor…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014
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