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U.S. State Department Official Calls for Repeal of Blasphemy Laws Around the World

David Saperstein, an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, has an important, aggressive recommendation at the department's blog: Blasphemy laws around the world need to be abolished...

Anti-Gay Christian Pastor Arrested on Charges of Child Molestation

Days after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Georgia Pastor Kenneth Adkins tweeted that he had "been through so much with these Jacksonville Homosexuals that I don't see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they...Show More Summary

Pious Mississippi Mayor Who Said He Could “Pray Potholes Away” Accused of Sexual Harassment

Remember Tony Yarber? He's the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi who said on Twitter last year that he could pray away the potholes in his city. That pious guy, who also runs a local church, just got accused of sexual harassment by one of his employees. Survives Defamation Case As Judge Rejects Claims of Two Anti-Aging Doctors

A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by two doctors who were furious that watchdog website accurately reported about a scandal they were involved in more than 15 years ago. It wasn't defamation, said the judge, and the excellent Quackwatch website will not be Gawkered out of existence.

Burkini Ban Struck Down in One French Town, But the Anti-Muslim Bigotry Persists in Others

A French court today struck down a burkini ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, a sign that the nearly two dozen other places where the ban is in effect, including Nice, may have to alter their policies or lose a legal battle. At least I hope that's the case.

Baptist Convention Leaders Are “Losing Sleep” Because Kansas City Taxpayers Won’t Give Them $65,000

Back in April, the Kansas City Council (in Missouri) unanimously approved a $65,000 grant to Modest Miles Ministry so it could host the National Baptist Convention. Tax dollars were literally being used to promote religion. But after an atheist group filed a lawsuit over the issue, the Baptists aren't getting the money and they're not sure how to make up the deficit.

$28,280 Later, An Atheist Has Ended His Fundraiser for a Christian Charity That Won’t Take His Cash

Atheist Matt Wilbourn has ended his fundraiser for a Christian charity after raising more than $28,000, the bulk of which will now go to Camp Quest Oklahoma since it was rejected by the Baptist-run group. He still plans to give $5,000 to the charity, even if he has to do it anonymously.

Great Magic Is Still Amazing Even When You Know How the Tricks Work

I love it when Penn and Teller do this: They don't just perform a trick like they did on The Late Late Show this week. They pull back the curtain and do it a second time so you can see what's actually going on! It's still amazing even after the illusion is revealed.

Bill Nye Has Announced the First in His Series of Science-Themed Novels for Kids

Bill Nye the Science Guy will be publishing a series of children's books beginning next April. The first book, Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World, involves orphan geniuses who build robots, love math, travel to Antarctica, and search for a missing scientist. What's not to love?!

Atheist Group Donates $10,000 to Flooded Louisiana School District

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sending the Livingston Parish Public Schools in Louisiana a check for $10,000 to help them rebuild after massive flood-caused damage. FFRF added that the District's website should also rethink the banner headline quoting the superintendent which reads, "Praying for all of our Living Parish people!"

Christian Man Fired After Vandalizing Office With Oil (To Anoint It) Loses Discrimination Case

A Christian man in Florida said he was discriminated against after being fired for anointing his whole office. But a judge ruled this month that his employers had every right to terminate him after he vandalized the office with oil.

Polygamist Leader and Fugitive Lyle Jeffs May Have Been Raptured, Says His Defense Attorney

Fundamentalist Mormon leader Lyle Jeffs is currently on the run from the law. His attorney just issued a court filing saying Jeffs may not be around because he "experienced the miracle of rapture."

Penn Jillette Denounces “Islamophobia” While Defending Fair Criticism of Islam

In a new video for Big Think, Penn Jillette defends criticism of Islam while denouncing "Islamophobia" -- or at least the fear of Muslims. Not only should we not worry about them, he says, we should be helping them, because they have it really rough right now. Show More Summary

Out of Spite, a Christian is Fundraising for the Same Baptist Charity That Rejected Atheists’ Money

Readers of this site know by now that an atheist tried to donate money to the Baptist-run Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Oklahoma, only to have them reject the cash -- ranging from the initial $100 to the fundraised $24,000 (and counting). Show More Summary

Atheists Are Suing Pennsylvania House Members Who Said They Couldn’t Give an Invocation

Several atheists, with the help of two church/state separation groups, have filed a federal lawsuit against representatives of the Pennsylvania House after they were denied the opportunity to deliver a secular invocation there multiple times.

Atheist Group Releases Church/State Separation Scorecard for House Members; Most Fail Miserably

The Center for Freethought Equality (the advocacy wing of the American Humanist Association) has released its scorecard for the 114th Congress, grading House members for how they voted on seven issues dealing with church/state separation. As expected, a majority of House members received failing grades, and no Republican earned higher than a "D."

A Baptist-Run Children’s Charity Rejected a Donation of Over $20,000 Because It Came from Atheists

In the most bizarre act I've ever seen from a charitable organization, the Murrow Indian Children's Home has rejected more than $20,000 in donations because it was raised by atheists. Matt Wilbourn, the atheist who began the fundraiser, says the money will go to Camp Quest Oklahoma... Show More Summary

Here’s What the Ten Commandments Would Look Like If They Were Written Today

If Moses were to visit us today to announce God's New Rules, there would be fewer rules about idolatry and taking the Lord's name in vain... and more restrictions on vaping indoors, spoiling TV shows, and sharing articles you didn't actually read.

Parade Magazine Columnist Answers Silly Question: “Why Do Atheists Care About Others?”

Marilyn vos Savant, Parade magazine's resident genius-in-chief, received a bizarre question for her column yesterday about why atheists care about others.

French Activist Says He’ll Foot the Bill for Any Woman Fined for Violating the Burkini Ban

Earlier this month in France, Cannes Mayor David Lisnard banned full-body swimsuits known as burkinis from the city's beaches. But now a secular activist, horrified by this invasion of religious freedom, says he'll pay the fines for any Muslim women caught disobeying the new rules.

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