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A Telephone Psychic Confesses It Was All a Scam

Erin Auerbach was a failed actress who came to Las Vegas for an exciting job opportunity that fed what she admitted was a strong ego: She was going to become a professional psychic. “The thing is, I’m not sure that I’m psychic,” she admitted to the interviewer.“That’s OK,” he replied. “We’ll give you everything you need for the job.”

Creationist Eric Hovind Preached Creationism at a Georgia Public School This Week and We Have Proof

If you're doing something that is arguably a violation of the law, why would you flaunt it on Facebook?Creationist Eric Hovind posted this on his page earlier this week: Hovind was invited to a public school (!) to teaching "critical thinking" (?!?!)... Show More Summary

Germany’s IRS Says Soccer Player Luca Toni Owes $1.85 Million In Back Taxes Because He’s a Catholic

An Italian soccer player who starred on the world-renowned German Bayern Munich team for three seasons owes $1.85 million in back taxes, German authorities allege -- because he was baptized a Catholic.Hellas Verona star Luca Toni could...Show More Summary

Mississippi Judge: Underage Drinkers Can Write an Essay About the Book of Revelation to Avoid Harsher Punishment

When underage drinkers get caught, Mississippi Judge Albert Fountain gives them two options to "keep the conviction off their records and avoid hefty costs":1) Write a 1,000-word essay about the effects of alcohol2) Write a 500-word essay about the effects of alcohol... and another 500-word essay about the Book of Revelation

Orleans Township (MI) Board Members Vote to Pray at Meetings; Non-Christians Won’t Get to Deliver Invocations

The Orleans Township Board in Michigan has finally figured out the problem with America: Not enough Christianity.That's why all five board members unanimously voted this week to say a prayer at the beginning of all their future meetings:

Turns Out Your Zodiac Sign Has Been a Month Off This Whole Time

"Think you're a Leo?" The New Zealand Herald asks. "You're not."The piece is highlighting a BBC Stargazing Live discussion of the zodiac, in which a curious tidbit was revealed: even if you accept the idea of astrological signs, you probably weren't born under the one you think you were.

I’ll Be Speaking in Vancouver This Weekend

If you're in the area, I'll be giving a talk at Vancouver's Langara College on Saturday afternoon. All the details are on the British Columbia Humanist Association's website and you can purchase tickets here.I'll be joined by Armin Navabi, an ex-Muslim blogger who runs the Atheist Republic website. C'mon, people in Seattle! It's not that far away!

“Bible Man” Kicked Out of Tennessee Elementary School After FFRF Inquiry

For decades now, Horace Turner (a.k.a. “Bible Man”) has been making appearances at public schools. In 2012, a school district in Alabama was threatened with a lawsuit to stop the proselytizing... and the board voted to do nothing; in...Show More Summary

Gay Mormon Was Attacked by his BYU Roommates and Evicted by His Landlord After Coming Out, Says Lawsuit

Earlier this year, Adam White (below), a student at Brigham Young University, told his roommate he was gay. Even at BYU, that should be fine. You can't act on your sexual orientation, but homosexuality in and of itself shouldn't be a problem. Show More Summary

Colorado Republican Legislator: God Let a Pregnant Woman Get Brutally Stabbed Because Abortion is Legal

It looks like Gordon Klingenschmitt's colleagues in the Colorado House are finally realizing who the hell this guy is. The right-wing extremist who constantly says awful things about anyone who's not his brand of Christian may have jumped...Show More Summary

Anti-LGBT, Anti-Atheist, and Anti-Anyone Discrimination Are All Legal In Indiana Now

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (below) codified discrimination against LGBT people, atheists, women, unmarried couples, pregnant people, and virtually anybody else who could pose a "threat" to a person's religious expression....Show More Summary

Canadian Postal Worker Complains About Delivering Mail That Goes Against His Deeply-Held Religious Beliefs

I've heard stories about Christian pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth control because they have personal religious hang-ups about it, but this is the first time I've heard of postal workers refusing to deliver the mail because they didn't like the contents:

A Third of Millennials Have No Religious Affiliation… and Other Highlights from PRRI’s Latest Survey

A new study on Millennials and their attitudes toward issues related to sexuality and reproductive health was just released by the Public Religion Research Institute.What does it say about the "Nones," those of us who want no part of...Show More Summary

Stiefel Freethought Foundation Pledges up to $5,000 to We Are Atheism to Help Them Get Back On Track

If you need to catch up on the "We Are Atheism" story, I suggest reading these two posts. Religion News Service also reported on the story. Todd Stiefel was one of the key people I worked with in preparing my post and I'm thrilled to...Show More Summary

Atheist Activist Taslima Nasrin Gets Criticized for Rejecting “Muslim” Label

Taslima Nasrin is one of those atheists who holds little back in her public criticism of religion, especially Islam. The Bangladeshi author has been threatened multiple times but she has continued to speak out in defense of women and freethought. In an interview with The Hindu this week, she had this exchange with the reporter:

FFRF Fires Another Lawsuit Against Indiana County That Wants to Display a Nativity Scene on Courthouse Grounds

Back in December, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.The display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse. Show More Summary

Mississippi Sheriff’s Department Paints “In God We Trust” on Patrol Cars, Then Flaunts It on Facebook

If you're going to break the law, why would you flaunt it on Facebook?The other day, I posted about the San Antonio Police Department and their "morning prayer." Now, the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi has posted this image of a squad car:

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen Suggests Law Making Church Attendance Mandatory for Everyone

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) was discussing a bill Tuesday that would allow citizens to carry concealed weapons and bring them into public buildings.Along the way, she decried the moral decay of our country and suggested offhand that the legislators should be considering another bill to fix that:

The State of Atheism in America… from a Christian Perspective

The Barna Group is a research organization that focuses on questions of interest to the Christian world, and they just released a survey they did on people who haven't gone to church in the past six months. They called them the "unchurched,"...Show More Summary

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