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Holy schinoozles, people, it's official! It's tomorrow! You should totally listen!

<<Dana Hunter is a science blogger at Scientific American and a blogger at The Orbit network. On her Rosetta Stones blog she is known for her writing about Mount St. Helens, her travel blogs about her geological adventures, women in science, and other gneiss schist. At her blog En Tequila es Verdad she writes about atheism, religious extremism, the implicationas and effects of religion on women, and many topics relating to social justice.

Dana joins us this Sunday to discuss her recently published book, Really Terrible Bible Stories - Volume 3: Leviticus.>>
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Doing the final illustrations and formatting for RTBS vol. 3: Leviticus. This thing is almost a really-real book, people. It is HAPPENING.
IV Unholy Fire?! You’re Fired!(Leviticus 10)All the priests of the LORD have now been consecrated, and God’s business (of burning up sacrificial animals on an industrial scale) can now begin. Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu are pretty keen, and so they get right to work. Problem is, they’re new on the job, and maybe they …
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Why you won't see as much of me this week as you might have liked.
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This guest post by Gregory Gadow is an absolute must-read.

<<A friend of mine made a very good point. Thanks, Calvin Hipps!

Dan White murdered San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. Charged with two counts of first degree murder, he was eventually convicted on two counts of "voluntary manslaughter," the lightest possible sentence given the evidence. It was later shown that the jury gave him that sentence because A) White had been a SF police officer, and thus jurors presumed that he was acting against evil-doers, and B) because Supervisor Milk was an openly gay man.

When the verdict was handed down on the afternoon of May 21, 1979, the gay community went ballistic. San Francisco's gay community had long been a target of SFPD's bigotry, and many saw this verdict as police literally getting away with murdering community members. What originally started as an angry but peaceful protest quickly changed when the police tried to stop the demonstration. Police were attacked, and damage was done to SF government buildings. After several hours, the rioting subsided.>>

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Gregory Gadow gave me his kind permission to repost his very incisive Facebook post here. This is so important.A friend of mine made a very good point. Thanks, Calvin Hipps!Dan White murdered San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. Charged with two counts of first degree murder, he was …
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All of the content warnings, people. Have your emergency kitten on standby. In the final pages of this chapter of Escape, we get a first-hand look at what a forced polygamous marriage looks like.

Two days ago, the Prophet announced Carolyn could go to college - but she has to marry virtual stranger and terrible human Merril Jessop first. Now, Carolyn, her dad, and her two moms arrive in Salt Lake City for her wedding to a man 32 years her senior. She hasn't spoken with him. She doesn't even want him to touch her. But when her father only gets two hotel rooms, she realizes she's going to be forced to sleep with Merril. As her mothers get her dressed and coiffed for the ceremony, she feels like she's "being prepared for a ritual sacrifice."

This is not consent. It's coercion.
All of the content warnings, people. Have your emergency kitten on standby. In the final pages of this chapter of Escape, we get a first-hand look at what a forced polygamous marriage looks like.Two days ago, the Prophet announced Carolyn could go to college – but she has to marry virtual stranger and terrible human …
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CN: Murder-suicide.

We start at a creepy old gothic-looking abandoned asylum at night. You know nothing good can come of this. Someone cuts through some serious chains on the doors. All we see is their shadows stepping through the door. Then there are two cops coming after them. This is for the sake of exposition: Older Cop tells Younger Not-Local Cop the legend of the asylum. It's your stock haunted-by-spirits-of-patients-who-will-drive-you-insane-if-you-spend-the-night story. The cops go in to fetch the kids out, and unwisely split up. Younger Cop goes through a steel door with a radiation symbol on it.

Never do this.

Older Cop finds the kids, while Younger Cop has his flashlight go out in the creepy radioactive room. The next time we see him, he's creeping up behind his partner and being creepy. He has a creepy nosebleed as he stares creepily at the camera. Then he goes home and kills his wife and himself.

Revenge from Beyond the Grave: 2

I think we have established Not Good Things happen at the asylum.
We start at a creepy old gothic-looking abandoned asylum at night. You know nothing good can come of this. Someone cuts through some serious chains on the doors. All we see is their shadows stepping through the door. Then there are two cops coming after them. This is for the sake of exposition: Older Cop …
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At long last, my darlings, and with an assist from our own Benny Vimes, Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. 3: Leviticus is now available for your reading pleasure!

What's in a biblical book of laws that's worth your time, you ask? Why, murder! Mayhem! Human sacrifice! Scapegoats! In this volume, you'll find out what God hates more than gays. You'll learn how to handle leprous houses, leaking wangs, and menstruating women. You'll master fucking the God-approved way. And you'll discover the real value of human beings (including infants)!

Get your very own copy today for the low, low price of $2.99USD.

And join me on Atheists Talk on Sunday, where I'll be talking about the series, atheism, and sundry other things.
At long last, my darlings, and with an assist from our own Benny Vimes, Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. 3: Leviticus is now available for your reading pleasure!What’s in a biblical book of laws that’s worth your time, you ask? Why, murder! Mayhem! Human sacrifice! Scapegoats! In this volume, you’ll find out what God hates …
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God has a disturbing fixation on burning animals.

I mean, if you took all the animal sacrifice stuff out of Leviticus, you'd have just a couple chapters left. Most of it's hyper-focused on killing animals for God, especially in these opening chapters. One rather begins to get the impression that he created humans and tempted them into sinning just so he'd have everyone bringing him barbecue all the time. That's so very... uplifting?

The first thirteen verses of Leviticus 1 deal with the proper sacrificing of bulls, sheep, and goats. There's lots of splashing blood about. The LORD does love him his bloodbaths. But it's mostly stuff we heard one thousand times in Exodus, when God went on and on about it. We'll just skim past that bit. (Lev. 1:1-13)

Things get really graphic when God gets to the birds...


Really Terrible Bible Stories vol. 3: Leviticus comes out July 24th! Pick up your copies of RTBS vol. 1: Genesis and vol. 2: Exodus today! https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=really+terrible+bible+stories
IGod’s Exhaustive Instructions for Sacrificial Barbecues(Leviticus 1-4) God has a disturbing fixation on burning animals.I mean, if you took all the animal sacrifice stuff out of Leviticus, you’d have just a couple chapters left. Most of it’s hyper-focused on killing animals for God, especially in these opening chapters. One rather begins to get the impression that …
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Note for the folks inclined to read a title and leap to conclusions: understanding why something is done does not mean it's magically acceptable.

"Qandeel Baloch, a fiercely independent woman who dared to defy the stringent modesty rules of her culture, is dead, murdered by her own family.

"The kind of violence she suffered is called an honor killing, and we here in the West too often don't realize what's meant by that. We're given to trite, pithy comments about how there's nothing honorable about killing your sister or your daughter or your wife. If we understood what honor meant in those cultures, we wouldn't say such things.

"Hiba Krisht has a heartbroken post up that explores many facets of Qandeel's death and its impact on those who live with the threat of the same thing happening to them. She also explains what honor is. We need to listen. We must understand why these murders happen if we want to help prevent them."
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I have at long last compiled our June list! Come sink your teeth into these scrumptious geology posts. You will only regret not having more time to savor them.
June was a great month on the geoblogs. Come check out the best - and see how your favorite geoblog post can be featured here!
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This chapter has a lot of child abuse. So I'm going to put this right up front:

Content Note for severe physical abuse of a child.

In the Jessop household, showing any degree of spine to Barbara results in punishment. She thrives on it. So when all her sister wives do their best to keep things calm and peaceful after Merril's heart attack, it's only a few weeks before she escalates to get a rise out of them. She incites the children of the household to act up in hopes of provoking the wives to attack them, just so she'll have a reason to discipline them. Carolyn's turn comes when she calls some of the girls out for gossiping about a girl at their school who is being bullied. She snaps at them, calling them hypocrites for pretending to be shocked, considering the way they treat the wives.

She expects Barbara to come at her for it. But instead, Barbara attacks her son, Patrick.

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What could be worse than ACE, amirite? After that fuckery, BJU's Earth Science Fourth Edition will be a breath of fresh air. I mean, A Beka's Science of the Physical Creation wasn't unmitigated horror, and Bob Jones University's history books aren't as frothing fundie as them, so this might not be utterly awful. One may even begin to believe this can be got through without undue damage to the liver.

Until we open to the first chapter.

And begin to wonder if the products of one vineyard will be enough.

I'm afraid this will be long, even though I'm splitting this chapter in two. Get comfy. Find a stress ball to squeeze and something to bite down on. Ready? Let's go meet the BJU Science Dudes.
What could be worse than ACE, amirite? After that fuckery, BJU’s Earth Science Fourth Edition will be a breath of fresh air. I mean, A Beka’s Science of the Physical Creation wasn’t unmitigated horror, and Bob Jones University’s history books aren’t as frothing fundie as them, so this might not be utterly awful. One may …
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