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Christian Abstinence Speaker: Pre-Marital Sex Will Lead to Disease, Sterility, and Death

Here's another cut of Christian abstinence speaker Pam Stenzel telling children that premarital sex will lead to diseases, sterility, and death.

A Man Named Darwin Day Just Won a Baseball Card Contest… 60 Years Later

There's a nifty story in the New York Times about a man who won a baseball glove nearly 60 years after the contest actually took place. (It helped that the deadline to enter was never specified.)But here's the real kicker: The 70-year-old man at the center of the story is literally named Darwin Day.

Italian School’s Headmaster Cancels Traditional Catholic Mass; Politician Calls It “Reverse Racism”

At an elementary school in northern Italy where a Catholic mass has long been the traditional way to begin the school year, the headmaster's decision to eliminate the ritual is angering several parents -- and a local politician -- who have gotten used to the idea of their faith being pushed on the children.

A Utah Woman Is Running a “Christ-Centered Energy Healing” Business To Cure You of Your Money

How do you take ineffective alternative medicine and make it even more useless? Throw some Jesus into it.That's what Tammy Ward is doing with her "Christ-centered energy healing" business, and it'll cost you.

WA District Officials Reluctantly Admit Satanists Can Start an “After School Satan” Club

When The Satanic Temple announced that they would be starting up After School Satan, their version of a voluntary religious club for kids, the reaction was swift. People freaked out at the thought of Satanists doing exactly what Christians...Show More Summary

Atheist Ireland Tells UN Human Rights Council About Nation’s Church/State Separation Problem

Atheist Ireland just became the first explicitly non-theistic advocacy group to speak in front of the full UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and leaders of the group used the opportunity to denounce their nation's blasphemy laws, ban on abortion, and religious discrimination in public schools.

VA High School Officials Face Criticism After Removing Christian Cross from Homecoming Shirt Design

When administrators at John Battle High School in Virginia let the Student Council Association design a t-shirt for Homecoming week, they didn't realize that the winning entry had a Christian cross on the bottom. They decided to remove...Show More Summary

Gary Johnson: Why Bother Tackling Climate Change When the Sun Will Eventually Engulf the Earth?

If you're Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and you want to get everyone's mind off of how you didn't immediately know what Aleppo was, how do you do it?Apparently by saying we shouldn't worry about tackling climate change because our whole species will eventually die out.

Christian Right Leader: Witches Are Advising the “Senior Leadership of the Country”

When televangelist Jim Bakker is the second craziest guy on the panel, you know you're doing something wrong with your life.

Atheist Blogger Who Escaped from Bangladesh Will Receive Courage Award from PEN Canada

Raihan Abir, a Bangladeshi activist and the co-author of a book about atheism that led to the murder of his writing partner Avijit Roy, will receive the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize (worth $1,000) next month. It's an award which is given to someone "who has shown courage in opposing restraint on freedom of expression and ideas."

Saskatchewan Man Gets Green Light to Build $1.2 Million Bible Theme Park With Noah’s Ark Exhibit

Get ready, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Officials there just approved the development of a Bible-based theme park, complete with a Noah's Ark exhibit. The park will cost the developer $1.2 million. And as if we needed the extra bit of symbolism, it'll be built on top of a cemetery.

Televangelist Jim Bakker: Liberal Watchdog Groups Are Monitoring What I Say and Killing Patriots

On his show this week, televangelist Jim Bakker talked about how there are groups -- hello, Right Wing Watch! -- that monitor the things he says because they want him off the air.Then, going full conspiracy theory, he said that people...Show More Summary

In 2008, Focus on the Family Predicted the Results of an Obama Presidency. They Were So, So Wrong.

In 2008, Focus on the Family released a document called "Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America" warning people against the horrors that would result if John McCain and Sarah Palin didn't win the election. My colleague Libby Anne revisited that letter in 2012 and she's done it again now, just to see how the letter played out after a second Obama term.

Internal Mormon Church Documents Leaked Online in Least Interesting Act of Whistleblowing Ever

Earlier today, a Reddit user began leaking a series of internal documents from the Mormon Church. But despite the cloak-and-dagger nature of the leaks, nothing damning to the Church has been revealed just yet.

The Catholic Church Acquitted an HIV-Infected Priest Who Raped 30 Girls, Say Gullible Websites

According to various news reports from shady-as-hell sources like the Daily Mail and Anonymous Mexico, an HIV-infected Catholic priest who raped 30 girls between the ages of 5 and 10 was let off the hook by the Archdiocese of Mexico.Just one problem: Father Jose Garcia Ataulfo may not exist.

This is What Happens When a Religious Studies Graduate Reviews the Bible on Amazon

I don’t remember what I was doing that night when I accidentally stumbled upon the comments section of a Bible page on (English Standard Version, Single Column Journaling edition, Trutone, Chestnut, Leaves Design, Jesus-approved),...Show More Summary

Christian Leader Explains Why He Can’t Get On Board With Fellow Evangelicals in This Election

Brian McLaren, long known as a leading voice for the Religious Left, has a must-read piece at Religion News Service about why he's breaking up with what he calls the "Conservative Evangelical Project." That is, the Christians who more or less demand that everyone vote for the Republican candidate, no matter what.

Hate-Pastor Claims Victory for Christ in Botswana After Several Members of His Church Are Deported

Pastor Steven Anderson, fresh off getting deported from Botswana where he was in the middle of a "soul-winning" trip, is now doing a damage control tour. Yesterday, he declared "victory" after getting kicked out of the country, as if...Show More Summary

Christians Put Hands on Donald Trump To Protect Him From “Concentrated Satanic Attack”

Yesterday, at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of Christians put their hands on Donald Trump to protect him from Satan. Because cartoon villains are nothing without their imaginary shields.

The Six Biggest Takeaways from a New Study Documenting the Amazing Rise of Non-Religious Americans

A new study released today by the Public Religion Research Institute documents the incredible rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans ("Nones"), but also offers up some sobering truths about this diverse group of atheists, agnostics, and people who believe in God but don't subscribe to any organized religion.

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