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More Youth Pastors Are Nabbed for Sexual Assaults on Children

More competition for Catholic priests:A 27-year-old man has been accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys during his time as a youth pastor at a Hillsboro [Oregon] church, police say.Dylan Ritterman was arrested Dec. 18 on allegations he "unlawfully touched" two boys, said Lt. Show More Summary

Generation Atheist is Free This Week

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It's a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless. For the rest of the week (through Saturday), the book is free on Kindle. I urge you to get your copy now if you haven't already!And if audiobooks are your thing, that's now an option as well!

Florida’s Satanic Temple Display Was Vandalized by a Self-Described “Catholic Warrior”

Earlier today, The Satanic Temple's display in the Florida State Capitol Building was vandalized.Now we know a little more about who did it:

Senator Cory Booker Gives a Shout-Out to HumanLight, a Humanist Holiday

It's not every day a sitting U.S. Senator honors a Humanist holiday (one I'm guessing most Humanists don't even celebrate... or have heard of), but kudos to Cory Booker (D-NJ) for not being afraid to mention it:

Montgomery (Louisiana) Officials Receive Warning Not to Promote Christianity in Future Holiday Celebrations

Last week, I posted about a peculiar posting on the Facebook page for the town of Montgomery, Louisiana. It was for their annual Christmas celebration and featured a possibly-illegal tagline: As I asked then: Why is the city not-so-subtly...Show More Summary

The Knights of Columbus Has Given Millions of Dollars to Anti-Gay, Anti-Women, and Anti-Science Groups

The Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus has a wide reputation for volunteering and charitable giving. I know it might come as a shock that a religious organization named after famed humanitarian Christopher Columbus isn't entirely the force for good that it's often believed to be, but brace yourself. Show More Summary

Chicago Atheist Group’s Billboard Stating “I Put My Faith in Science” Deemed Offensive, Moved to New Location

Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Chicago chapter put up 11 billboards throughout the city. One of them, featuring local musician Alan Wagner, read "I put my faith in science." Apparently, that was so offensive to the people who own the space the billboard is on, that it's been moved to a new location:

The Satanic Temple’s Display Has Been Vandalized Just One Day After Going Up in the Florida State Capitol Building

As we know by now, the Florida State Capitol Building is home to a Nativity scene, a Festivus Pole, an atheist banner, and a display from The Satanic Temple: But just like that, a day after it went up, The Satanic Temple's display has already been vandalized:

“Messenger of God” Action Movie Stars Sect Leader Who’s Accused of Rape, Murder, and Castration

Sikh religious authorities in India have asked the Punjab government to ban the wild new action film Messenger of God, because it stars Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, the leader of a blasphemous (to Sikhs) sect called the Dera Sachcha Sauda.The...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Tells Vatican Leadership They Have “Spiritual Alzheimer’s Disease”

On Monday, Pope Francis delivered his annual Christmas greeting to the administrative body of the Holy See, the Curia. And it's more or less the verbal equivalent of finding coal in your stocking on Christmas morning, from the Vicar of Christ. Show More Summary

Advice Columnist Nails Response to Mother Upset Over Her Son’s Desire to Have a Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony

Since the suggestions traditional advice columnists dole out about atheists are often cringe-worthy, it's always nice to highlight someone who nailed it.Robin DesCamp received a letter from a woman whose son and future daughter-in-law were planning a wedding. Just one problem:

Pittsylvania County Officials Are Still Fighting to Pray at Meetings (and Wasting a Lot of Money in the Process)

In 2012, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in Virginia began each meeting with a prayer to Jesus Christ. An anonymous woman had sued the city in response -- but a judge ruled that the only way for the lawsuit to proceed was...Show More Summary

They Play Nuns on TV, but They’re Actually Atheists

There's a BBC One show called Call the Midwife about a group of nurses working in a convent in London in the 1950s. (It's aired in the U.S., too.)Turns out, however, that many of the lead actresses (who plays nuns) don't believe in ...

Jury Rules Against Diocese That Fired a Teacher for the “Grave, Immoral” Sin of Fertility Treatments

Emily Herx was a language arts teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School when she sought in vitro fertilization treatments in order to get pregnant. Herx and her husband, in keeping with the Church's teachings about the sanctity of embryos, did not destroy any of their preserved embryos. Show More Summary

Georgia Officials Must’ve Thought No One Would Put Up a Display Next to a Courthouse Nativity Scene. They Were Wrong

Back in February, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to officials in Statesboro, Georgia to remind them that the Nativity scene that was in front of the Bulloch County Courthouse last winter was illegal. Either it had to go or...Show More Summary

Australian Mom Who Stabbed Eight Children To Death Is a Recent Convert Who Gave Fiery Public Sermons

After she had become besotted with thoughts of God and the devil, Australian mother Raina Thaiday stabbed seven of her own nine children, and a niece. The victims ranged in age from two to 14.The 37-year-old Cairns mother accused ofShow More Summary

Charisma News and Ray Comfort Falsely Imply That Atheists Tried to Stop Christian Singers in a Shopping Mall

When hundreds of people recently gathered at the RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan to sing "Amazing Grace," did some atheist goon squad really try to put a stop to it? Did security guards actually attempt to interveneShow More Summary

The Pastor Trying Out Atheism for a Year is Coming to the End of His Journey

It was almost a year ago when Ryan Bell decided to "try out" atheism. I didn't agree with his methodology at the time, but when he got fired by his Christian employers for merely questioning his faith, you all came through and helped raise more than $27,000 for his family.Yesterday, the LA Times ran a front page story about Bell as he comes to the end of his year-long journey:

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