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Right on Cue, Here Are a Bunch of Christians Telling Bruce Jenner He Needs Jesus

Last night, Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman." Congratulations to him (his preferred pronoun) for having the courage to say so publicly. Even for a reality TV star, that couldn't have been easy.But leave it to Christians on Twitter (and an ignorant Catholic blogger on Patheos) to tell the real truth about Jenner...

Secular Students Attend Local Church Services for Fundraiser

The Secular Student Alliance at Clarion University (in Pennsylvania) took a hint from I Sold My Soul on eBay and held a fundraiser called "Send an Atheist to Church."

Despite Saying They Wouldn’t, Los Angeles County Officials Are Still Using a Seal With a Cross on It

For almost a decade now, this has been the seal of Los Angeles County in California: There's a lot going on there, but check out the center right image. That's supposed to represent the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, a Catholic mission dating back hundreds of years. Show More Summary

Colorado House Member Who Blamed Legalized Abortion for a Pregnant Woman’s Stabbing Announces Senate Run

Gordon Klingenschmitt (below) is the minister who got elected to the Colorado House last year despite a laundry list of jaw-dropping past statements.After his election, he gained national attention for saying that a pregnant woman was...Show More Summary

There Are More Atheists Than Southern Baptists in the U.S. Military… So Why Don’t We Have Any Chaplains?

A few important numbers reported by Bob Smietana in Christianity Today:Active duty military personnel who are Southern Baptists: 12,360 Active duty military personnel who are atheists: 12,764Active duty chaplains who are Southern Baptists: 437 Active duty chaplains who are atheists: 0

Pastor Creflo Dollar on the Cancellation of His $65 Million Plane Campaign: The Devil Tried to “Discredit My Voice”

Remember how Pastor Creflo Dollar -- who has a net worth of $27 million, owns a million-dollar home in Atlanta and a 2.5-million-dollar apartment in Manhattan, drives a Rolls-Royce, and travels via a private jet -- wanted to buy a plane...Show More Summary

Tennessee Legislator Blocks Rape, Incest Exemptions in Abortion Bill Because They’re “Not Verifiable”

Explaining her decision to block an exemption for rape and incest victims from Tennessee's newest proposed abortion restrictions, State Rep. Sheila Butt made the peculiar argument that such an exemption shouldn't exist because rape and incest isn't typically "verifiable."Democratic Rep. Show More Summary

When (and How) to Talk to Your Kids About Religion

This is a guest post written by David G. McAfee. He is author, most recently, of The Belief Book. … Regardless of your beliefs, if you have children, you will eventually have to talk to them about religion. When should you do it? The short answer: probably sooner than you think. Some non-believers, perhaps in [Read More...]

California Educator Showed the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate in Class To Teach Students “Both Sides of the Argument”

There are plenty of ways to teach evolution in a high school science class. And Brandon Pettenger of Arroyo Grande High School in California doesn't seem to know any of them.He thought it would be appropriate to watch the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate in the classroom... Show More Summary

Catholic School Expels 12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor After Too Many Absences

And you thought Catholic schools were at their worst when handling LGBT issues...Rose McGrath (below) just got kicked out of St. Joseph Catholic Middle School in Battle Creek, Michigan due to her poor attendance.Why'd she miss so much school?Oh, right. She's recovering from her cancer treatment.

What Do Anti-Vaxxers Have to Say About the Latest Study Debunking Their Beliefs?

A major new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday, found no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, even in high-risk kids.But until someone gets a statement from Jenny McCarthy, let's see what the Onion's panelists have to say:

If These Guys Can’t Find Bigfoot, No One Can

A couple of guys went on the search for Bigfoot/Sasquatch and produced this documentary that looks and sounds real... until you pay close attention to what they're saying.

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey Wins Peabody Award

Back in August, we learned that COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey won an impressive 4 Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming." Today, they received an even more impressive honor: The Peabody Award, celebrating overall excellence in quality. Show More Summary

Salon Writer Says We Should Stop Criticizing Astrology; Here’s Why He’s Wrong

Eric Adams considers himself a "man of science," but doesn’t want to be a dick about it to astrology believers. That alone isn't a bad idea -- it's hard to change minds by insulting people. In a piece for Salon, he shared how how he's learned to strike a balance... Show More Summary

Faithful Hindus Give Their Gods Billions of Dollars in Gold, Resist Government Bid To Put It In Interest Accounts

Gods need gold:India is the world’s biggest consumer of gold and its ancient temples have collected billions of dollars in jewellery, bars and coins over the centuries -- all hidden securely in vaults, some ancient and some modern.... Show More Summary

Five Challenges Atheists Face and How We Can Overcome Them

Today is Openly Secular Day and Tom Krattenmaker uses the opportunity to bring up five challenges atheists still face. I wanted to summarize his points and add a few thoughts of my own:

Elementary Schoolers in Maine Learned About Transgender People and Conservatives Are Panicking

By now, you may have heard about a storm brewing at an elementary school in Kittery, Maine. Teachers read the book I Am Jazz, an autobiographical children's book by transgender teenager Jazz Jennings, to K-3 students. One 7-year-old reportedly asked his mother when he got home if he was transgender. Enter conservative media, like Fox Nation writer Todd Starnes.

Greenville (SC) County Council Members, Ignorant of the Law, Won’t Let Atheists Deliver Invocations

When it comes to invocations at government meetings, the Supreme Court said last year that prayers are fine -- even sectarian prayers "in Jesus' name" are fine -- as long as the process is open to everybody. If they want invocations, city councils must set policy so that even minority faith groups have a chance of delivering them. Show More Summary

Muslim Student Wonders if His Faith Can Get Him Out of Paying Interest on His Loans

Student loans suck. We know that. And they suck in large part because the interest keeps accruing.If only God could help you out... That's the question "Amir" sent to Steve Rhode, Huffington Post's "Get Out of Debt Guy."Amir took out $32,000 in loans... but he owes $64,000 due to deferment and interest.

Another Compilation of Richard Dawkins’ Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here's another compilation of Richard Dawkins' best arguments and comebacks.

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