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Texas Board of Education Delays Vote to Approve Textbooks Full of Revisionist History

You may recall that the Texas State Board of Education was considering the adoption of revisionist history textbooks that might as well have been written by Christian pseudohistorian David Barton.The Texas Freedom Network commissioned a review of the books and you can read their report right here:

There’s a Creationist Vending Machine in a Massachusetts Mall

Reader Brian was visiting the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts when he came across the strangest vending machine you'll ever see...It was selling books about Creationism written by Ken Ham:

Selfies for Salvation

John Crist explains all those pictures I never see because I don't follow Christian girls on Instagram (or anyone on Instagram, for that matter):

New Zealand Parliament to Vote on Updating, but Not Eliminating, Daily Prayer

If your local government is considering some changes to its traditions regarding public prayer, it might be worth your time to consider what's happening in New Zealand's national Parliament (below) right now. Speaker David Carter has...Show More Summary

San Francisco Photographers Close Their Business Rather Than Serve a Same-Sex Couple

Another business has closed up shop rather than serve a gay couple.When asked to photograph two men for their wedding, Bay Area-based urloved Photography (ironic name, no?) referred the couple to another photographer because of their clashing beliefs. The owners, Nang and Chris Mai, released a statement on their website explaining their version of what happened:

Louisiana High School’s Veterans Day Assembly Included Christian Prayer

On Veterans Day last week, students at Morgan City High School in Louisiana attended an hour-long assembly which began with a Christian prayer. Furthermore, they were told to stand up and bow their heads. Now, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is asking for an apology on behalf of a student who contacted them:

Acts of Terrorism Rose 60 Percent In One Year, and You’ll Never Guess What the Main Cause Is

From the water-is-wet department, via the Guardian:Religious extremism has become the main driver of terrorism in recent years, according to this year’s Global Terrorism Index. The report recorded 18,000 deaths in 2013, a rise of 60% on the previous year. Show More Summary

Today, a Judge Heard Arguments That Could Put an End to Saying the Pledge of Allegiance in New Jersey Schools

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced earlier this year that it had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey. If successful, the lawsuit would put an end to saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the state's public schools. Show More Summary

FFRF Urges IRS to Investigate Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark Theme Park

Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham's ministry, is a religious non-profit. That's why the Creation Museum can require you to sign a "statement of faith" if you want to work there.Ark Encounter, the Noah's Ark theme park that's eligible for millions of dollars in tax rebates, is a for-profit business. They cannot discriminate in hiring.Sounds simple enough.

Pastor’s Son Donnie Swaggart Says Gay-Rights Activists Are Just Like ISIS, But (For Now) Without the Head-Chopping

Last month, the city of Houston embarked on a bit of a fishing expedition when it subpoenaed, from five conservative pastors, their sermons and other communications about a controversial local equal-rights ordinance. The city's request,...Show More Summary

A Nativity Scene at the Michigan State Capitol Could Open the Floodgates to Everyone Who Wants to Put Up a Display

The front lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building (below) could soon be home to a Nativity Scene... which means state officials sure as hell better allow displays from everybody else who wants to put one up.(Hello, Satanic Temple and FFRF!)

Atheist-Turned-Christian Files Complaint Against School District Because Teacher Wore a Star of David Necklace

I don't understand this guy.Two years ago, Ernest Perce V (below, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists at the time) was one of the people trying to convince the Greencastle-Antrim School District board members to drop...Show More Summary

Holy Hymen: If You Want To Be a Police Woman in Indonesia, Be Prepared For the Two-Finger Virginity Test

A two-finger virginity test for female cops? It's just as ridiculous, degrading, and unnecessary as it sounds, but in Indonesia, it's a reality.The “virginity tests” are conducted under Chief Police Regulation No. 5/2009 on Health Inspection (Pemeriksaan Kesehatan) Guidelines for Police Candidates. Show More Summary

Today, on Capitol Hill, There Will Be a Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services" -- and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will be one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel (sitting next to people from Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty):

Can’t Turn Off Your Lights on the Sabbath? No Problem. Just Ask the Local Police to Do It For You

Lakewood, New Jersey is home to about 60,000 Orthodox Jews who take the "resting on Sabbath Day" rule very seriously. That means, among other things, that they don't use modern technology between Friday evening and Saturday evening.So what happens when they need to turn off the lights or drive to get some groceries?They're enlisting the help of local law enforcement:

They Must Sing These Songs at Camp Quest

If you ignore the fact that comedian Tim Hawkins doesn't understand what the Sunday Assembly is, or why we accept evolution, or how atheists think, I suppose his roundup of atheist kids' songs is pretty funny:

Kirk Cameron Finds It “Really Hard” to Give the Benefit of the Doubt to “Enemies” Who Criticize His Video to Women

Last week, actor and self-appointed culture warrior Kirk Cameron, while promoting his newest film Saving Christmas, took to his Facebook page with a very special message for the women-folk. It boiled down, more or less, to: stay home to cook, decorate, and be extra joyful... unless they were seeing his movie, which, of course, they were encouraged to do. Post by Kirk Cameron.

When Influential Muslims Speak Out Against Islamist Terrorism, Do the Media Ignore Them?

Qasim Rashid, who writes for the Huffington Post, is frustrated with the mainstream media (join the club).There exist two scenarios where no one can hear you scream. The first is of course, in space because there's no oxygen. And the...Show More Summary

Atheist Bus Ads Go Up in Washington State

The newly-formed Mid-Columbia Coalition of Reason just announced the purchase of six king-size ads on the sides of Ben Franklin Transit buses in order to introduce themselves to the locals:

In Idaho, Parents Who Commit Faith-Based Homicide Are Immune from Prosecution

We've heard the stories of those poor children in Oregon who died after their parents, on account of their religious faith, refused to take them to doctors. The kids died from preventable causes because their health was put in God's hands instead of the care of those who knew what they were doing. Show More Summary

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