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Alabama County Commission Gives $3,000 Grant to Support Baptist Ministry for Men

The Covington Baptist Association in Alabama has a simple strategy for success: "Get more men to church." Because if they can get the men, they figure, the rest of the family will follow suit. That's why they're bringing in manly speakers...Show More Summary

I Threw a Bible-Based Halloween Party and Here’s How It Went

I was gearing up for Halloween when I came across The UN-Halloween Book at a used bookstore. It assured me I could still enjoy this time of year without "honoring the evil in the world."This alternative to Halloween wanted to replace...Show More Summary

Houston Mayor, Under Pressure from Christians, Rescinds Subpoenas of Pastors

Weeks after attorneys for the city of Houston subpoenaed five local pastors to find out if they had said anything to their congregations that might have violated the law, Mayor Annise Parker is rescinding that request. Part of it isShow More Summary

Pat Robertson: Brittany Maynard Shouldn’t Kill Herself Because “God Can Heal Anything”

Brittany Maynard (below) is the 29-year-old with brain cancer who has chosen to kill herself in a few days so that she can die with dignity before the disease takes away everything that she believes makes life worth living. Pat Robertson...Show More Summary

Mayor of Sioux Falls Says He Will Not Paint Over Religious Snow Plow Messages

Earlier this month, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the city held an event where students from local schools and youth groups painted the plows the city will use when the snow hits.But when two of the plows, painted by Christian schools, had religious messages, the city had to rethink their plan:

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson Tapes “Bibles and Guns” Ad for Congressional Candidate (and Nephew) Zach Dasher

I don't know what scariest about this new campaign ad for Zach Dasher, running for Congress from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District: The fact that it features his relative, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson; that it mentions Bibles; that it mentions guns; or that it combines all of that in less than five seconds:

Afghan Mullah Mercilessly Raped a 10-Year-Old Girl in His Mosque; Court, in a Surprise, Sentences Him To 20 Years

Bravery under fire:A mullah who raped a 10-year-old girl in his mosque was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a dramatic trial here in Kabul on Saturday during which his accuser, weeping and shaking, summoned the courage to confront...Show More Summary

If You’re Looking for Something Scary to Give Away This Halloween…

Mrs. Betty Bowers reminds us that, this Halloween, there's nothing scarier than the Bible:

Some More Atheist Street Evangelism… With Analysis

Once again, Anthony Magnabosco has made a video in which he speaks to a stranger about his or her religious beliefs for just five minutes -- and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.This one's much shorter than his previous attempts:

Georgia Sheriff’s Office Called Out for Having an Official Chaplain and Religious Poems on Its Website

If you check out the website for the Laurens County Sheriff's Office (in Georgia), you might notice this religious poem that has no business being there:

Forget Endorsing a Candidate; This Albuquerque Church Gave Parishioners Sample Ballots with Highlighted Names

What happens when church politics intersects with actual politics? One Albuquerque, New Mexico church may soon find out.Parishioners of Legacy Church recently went public with sample ballots given to them by the church -- ballots that included a handful of highlighted names. Show More Summary

Christian Bale, Who Plays Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, Calls His Character “Barbaric” and “Schizophrenic”

Actor Christian Bale (below), who plays Moses in the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings movie, seems to have ruffled some feathers with his comments about the Biblical figure he's portraying. And no wonder, as he's refreshingly blunt:

My Mormon Mission Made Me an Atheist

"Hello! My name is Elder Hawkins, and this is my companion, Elder Thompson. We are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we would love to share the true words of Christ with you today. May we share our message of Christ’s atonement with you?"I can’t count how many times I uttered that phrase. Show More Summary

Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Spreads Misinformation About Vaccines, Says “I Am Not Anti-Vaccine”

True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, "Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness...Show More Summary

Apparently, No One Understands That Catholics Are Generally Accepting of Evolution…

Every time Pope Francis says something, it seems to make worldwide news... even when his statements aren't all that interesting. His latest speech, about the compatibility of religion and science, is no exception.In a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis explained how he, like pretty much all Catholics, believed in God-guided evolution:

Kirpan Controversy: Why Jerry Coyne Is Right and Hemant Is Wrong — Sikh Daggers Have No Place in Public Schools

Hemant wrote an eye-popping post yesterday in response to an article by Jerry Coyne about Sikh pupils habitually carrying ceremonial daggers called kirpans into U.S. public schools. My friend/colleague/boss argued that Coyne was wrong to object. Show More Summary

Ebola Coverage: The U.S. is Doing It Wrong

Even with Ebola, a lot of skepticism is warranted.Take a look at how the UK news channels portray the disease... compared to those (sigh) in the U.S.

Veterans Rally to Defend City’s Hydraulic Cross, Claiming They’re in the Majority Faith and That’s All That Matters

Last month, I posted about a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year atop Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, Michigan:

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 26: Steve Wells, Author of the Skeptics Annotated Bible and Strange Flesh

Our latest podcast guest is Steve Wells, creator of the Skeptics Annotated Bible (online and in print).

Atheist Groups Are Not Distributing “X-Rated” Pamphlets to Students, No Matter What Breitbart Tells You

I've seen a number of articles on conservative websites over the past few days claiming, in the case of Breitbart, "Atheist Group To Distribute Pamphlets in Schools of Cartoon Bible Sexually Assaulting Woman." It stems from an article on CNSNews.com. Since those sites won't bother to do any research, since none of this is news, let me help you out.The story is old. Really old.

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