Freethought Today · Vol. 27 No. 8 October 2010

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

In the News: October 2010

Atheists, agnostics

top religion quiz

After analyzing answers from more than 3,400 people to 32 religious knowledge questions, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life made a startling announcement Sept. 28 to the U.S. religious community: Atheists and agnostics scored highest on the test, even after controlling for differing levels of education.

Atheists and agnostics averaged 20.9 correct answers, followed by Jews and Mormons with 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants averaged 16 correct answers and Catholics averaged 14.7.

Rev. Randy Frazee, senior pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, told the Christian Post that bible illiteracy is the church’s “dirty little secret. It’s a good wake-up call for us.”

Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, FFRF co-presidents, weren’t surprised. “We can attest that our membership is biblically literate.”

Barker, an evangelical minister before “seeing the light,” encourages people “to read the bible critically, like they would any other book, and I predict those who judge its teachings like they would any other pronouncements will not want it invoked in government.”

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Public confused over prayer, pancakes?

IHOP is suing IHOP in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The International House of Pancakes accuses the International House of Prayer, based in Kansas City, of trademark dilution and infringement.

The Kansas City Star reported that the restaurant chain alleges the religious group’s use of the IHOP logo causes confusion for the public.

Hey dude, who

stole my Quran?

Jacob Isom, 23, was strolling by Sam Houston Park with skateboard in hand in Amarillo, Texas, on International Burn a Quran Day on Sept. 12. David Grisham, director of Repent Amarillo, held a Quran, a cigarette lighter and lighter fluid next to a barbecue grill.

While people opposed to Grisham put their hands on the grill, Isom did his thing. “I snuck up behind and took his Quran. He said something about burning it. I was like, ‘Dude, you have no Quran.’ . . . You’re just trying to start holy wars.”

Someone else grabbed Grisham’s lighter. Ishom gave the book to a leader from the Islamic Center of Amarillo.

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