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Seven States Ban Atheists from Holding Public Office

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how seven states ban atheists from holding public office, even if those laws are unenforceable.

Arrested for Driving, Saudi Women Will Now Be Tried in Anti-Terrorism Court

At the beginning of December, NBC, BBC, and other news organizations reported that 25 year old Loujain al-Hathloul and 33-year-old Maysa al-Amoudi had been arrested at the Saudi border. Their crime? Driving while female. The women have been in custody since, and it looks like their situation is going from bad to worse: The cases [Read More...]

Argentinian President Adopts Seventh Son of Jewish Family in Order to Counteract Werewolf Curse

There is a legend in Argentina that a family's seventh son in a row will become a werewolf. While it sounds like little more than a scary story, it was so fervently believed that it could actually entail deadly consequences for seventh sons.

Once Again, Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay a Flight Because They Refuse to Sit Next to Women

Earlier this year, an El Al flight became an "11-Hour-Nightmare" after hundreds of male ultra-Orthodox Jews on the flight refused to sit next to any women. It happened again this week during a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, though it was thankfully only a 30-minute delay.

High Schoolers in Massachusetts Want to Move Their Graduation Ceremony Off of Anti-Gay Gordon College’s Campus

Earlier this year, D. Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, a private Christian school that receives federal funding, signed onto a letter asking President Obama to allow them to continue discriminating against LGBT people despite his Executive Order forbidding federally-funded groups from doing such a thing. Show More Summary

Why Won’t Anyone Come to God’s Party?

He tries so hard sometimes... but at least this video explains where some of those Bible stories came from (probably NSFW):

A Year After Giving Atheism a Try, Former Pastor Ryan Bell Admits: “I Don’t Think That God Exists”

It was almost a year ago when Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would "try on" atheism and "live as if there is no God" for 12 months. I didn't agree with his methodology at the time. Show More Summary

What Chinese Christians Got For Christmas: Another Police-State Crackdown on Their Faith

There's little or no freedom of religion for Chinese Christians:Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the topShow More Summary

Mauritanian Man to Be Put to Death for Allegedly Insulting Islam’s Prophet

As we've seen before, Mauritania is one of the worst countries in the world for freethinkers. Here's another shameful notch in the nation's belt:A court in Mauritania on Thursday sentenced a man to death for “insulting” the founder of...Show More Summary

Indian Tribe Erects “Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation” Sign

In a move that would be right at home in the GOP, the Crow Nation tribe last year passed a resolution "proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord":The Crow Constitution protects "full exercise of religion," but, unlike the U.S. Constitution, does...Show More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Accused of “Riling Up Christians” with Christmas Day Tweet About Isaac Newton

On Christmas Day, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted this gem: It quickly became his most retweeted message ever, and many accused him of "riling up Christians."That's completely absurd.

NBC Wonders Why Physicians Don’t Rely More on the “Power of Prayer”

Earlier this week, NBC News considered the pressing problem of physicians relying on medical knowledge alone rather than also incorporating pleas for supernatural intercession into their treatment plans.You see, doctors don't get everything right all the time; therefore, we need God in the mix. Show More Summary

Christian Author Makes Fine-Tuning Argument for God’s Existence in The Wall Street Journal

In a Christmas Day opinion piece (behind a paywall) for The Wall Street Journal, Christian author Eric Metaxas explained that science proved God because of an argument that's been debunked so many times over, you have to really work hard to pretend rebuttals don't exist:

Survey: Americans Are Just About Evenly Split On the Issue of Religious Displays On Government Property

When it comes to government endorsement of religion, Americans are more or less evenly divided.A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 44% of Americans say Christian symbols like nativity scenes should be allowed on government property even if they are not accompanied by symbols from other religions. Show More Summary

Josh Duggar: I Fight Non-Discrimination Laws Because LGBT People Deserve “Love and Respect”

The Duggar family will not shut up about how much they hate LGBT people, but they're not brave enough to admit it.While guest-hosting a program put on by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, Pastor Richard Land spoke with Josh Duggar (below), one of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" darlings and now an FRC employee. Show More Summary

Why Would Anyone Vandalize a Nativity Scene Like This?

Sacred Hearts Roman Catholic Church in Massachusetts, like many other churches, has a Nativity scene on its property. They don't get any taxpayer money to do it. They're not asking for government support of it. They're just doing their own thing and we ought to respect their ability to do that. Show More Summary

Comedian Bill Burr on How He Shed His Faith

Comedian Bill Burr's latest special on Netflix is called "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" and more than a few of you have mentioned this bit he does about religion. There's nothing particularly new as far as comedy goes, but it's always fun to hear someone on a large stage talking about his religious deconversion and what led him to that moment:

Muslim Families in India Says They Were Tricked Into to Becoming Hindus With Promises of Food and Schooling

Earlier this month, says the Washington Post,[M]ore than 50 impoverished Muslim families in a slum in the northern Indian city of Agra attended a simple but controversial ceremony at which they were asked by a Hindu priest to chant and...Show More Summary

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