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Some Evangelical Christian Women Are Rethinking the Idea of Virginity Until Marriage

I love that this is getting talked about. Evangelical purity culture is so ridden with shame and unhealthy, irrational obsession over virginity (hey guys! scientifically speaking, it doesn't even EXIST), and women are starting to speak out about how waiting until marriage didn't help them. Show More Summary

Tennessee Governor Proclaims Today as “Day of Prayer Over Students Across Tennessee”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared today a "Day of Prayer Over Students Across Tennessee," which may literally be the least helpful way to help students across Tennessee.The proclamation, signed a few days ago at the request of the Christian group First Priority, declares that prayer is the solution to some of the biggest problems students face:

Richard Dawkins is Still an Asset to the Atheist Movement

A couple of days ago, Kimberly Winston at Religion News Service wrote a story about whether Richard Dawkins was an asset or liability for the atheist "movement." The story sure makes it seem like Dawkins is a liability, with the majority of quotations coming from people who think he does a lot of damage to our cause. Show More Summary

Alabama Atheist Opposes “In God We Trust” Plaque in Mobile County Building and Receives Death Threats on Facebook

This week, several non-Christians spoke up in front of the Mobile County Commission (in Alabama) to request they put up displays reading things like "In Reason We Trust." It was in response to a recent vote to put "In God We Trust" on a plaque in the city's Administration Building. Show More Summary

I’m Sure He Looked Like That…

See if you can guess the punchline of this cartoon:

Greek Orthodox Priest Helps Prisoners Buy Their Freedom

With all the criticism we levy at priests on this site, we're not above giving credit where it's due, and Greek Orthodox priest Gervasios Raptopoulos had been doing something truly wonderful for decades now.In Greece, if you're convicted...Show More Summary

Once Again, Florida County School Board Candidates Grilled on Their Religious Beliefs

Remember how, last week, there was a forum for candidates running for seats on the School Board of Highlands County (in Florida)? The five candidates from District 5 all answered questions at the Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church... because that's where public education should be debated. Show More Summary

Baptist Church Cancels Man’s Funeral After Finding Out He’s Gay

When his husband Julion Evans died at age 42 of a disease called amyloidosis, Kendall Capers (below) did what any respectful partner would do. Honoring his husband's family traditions, he planned for a funeral service at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, the congregation Julion's family belongs to. Show More Summary

Vassar College Ranked Least Religious College in America by the Princeton Review

The Princeton Review just released its 2014-2015 annual college rankings in a variety of categories, and when it comes to the least religious students in the country, Vassar (below) takes the top spot. Here's where the schools rank:

Who Knew the IRS Had a Secret Pact with Atheists?

Last month, after getting hit with a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS finally said it would enforce their own rules and go after pastors who endorsed political candidates from the pulpit.Because churches haveShow More Summary

Bible Parody Book Author Skips Conference After Receiving Death Threats, but Attendees Are Honoring Him Another Way

A couple of days ago, I posted about how "Horus Gilgamesh," the author of a book called the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible documenting many of the Bible's little-known verses, had received death threats in advance of his appearance at this weekend's Atheist Alliance of America's annual convention in Seattle. Show More Summary

Children’s Home Fires Gay Social Worker For Having a “Lifestyle That is Damaging to Kids”

The Children’s Home of Lubbock (in Texas) says its goal is "to make life better for children who need to see that caring and love do exist in a world that has often been unfair and unjust."Apparently, caring and love only exist for straight people.

New Mexico City’s Ten Commandments Monument Must Come Down, Says Judge

In 2007, Bloomfield (New Mexico) City Council member Kevin Mauzy proposed that citizens should be allowed to put a Ten Commandments monument in front of the city's municipal building. The council accepted his proposal, even though nothing happened at the time.In 2011, Mauzy was no longer on the council... Show More Summary

Why Did Canadian Border Officials Make This Unreasonable Religious Accommodation?

If you've ever traveled internationally, you know that when you land, you have to wait in line, go through customs, hand over your passport, and make some small talk with the agent while you wait for the passport to get stamped. A bit annoying, but hardly a big deal. Show More Summary

Should an Atheist Eagle Scout Feel Bad if He Had to Lie to Get the Honor?

Joseph, a young man who vlogs as Analytical Atheist, recently became an Eagle Scout -- no small feat, regardless of what you think about the Boy Scouts of America.But should he feel guilty that he had to lie about his "reverence" in order to obtain the honor?That's what he asks in this video:

Pastor Rick Joyner: Evolution is Impossible because I’ve Never Seen Species Change

Over the weekend, MorningStar Ministries director Rick Joyner offered rock solid proof that evolution is impossible:

63 Texas Republicans Put It In Writing: Marriage Equality “Could Lead to the Recognition of” Pedophilia & Incest

Last Monday, Texas Republicans proved once again that they have little grasp of reality when it comes to the consequences of marriage equality.Texas' ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in February, but U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia suspended the decision pending an appeal from the state. Show More Summary

Radical Christian Goes Undercover at Vancouver Pride to Distribute “Gospel Condoms”

Last weekend at Vancouver Pride, guests who thought they were chatting with a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were gravely disappointed. Vancouver resident Bill Whatcott is a conservative Christian who feels so strongly about gays in society, he makes it a point to regularly attend Pride celebrations. Show More Summary

Acts 29 Network Drops Pastor Mark Driscoll (and Mars Hill Church) for “Ungodly and Disqualifying Behavior”

The Acts 29 church network, founded by Mark Driscoll (below) and David Nicholas in 1998, announced this morning that they are removing Driscoll and his church Mars Hill from their network and affiliations. The statement reads:

It Doesn’t Matter What Percentage of Americans Are Gay

How many people in the United States are gay?Depending on who you ask, a lot of people may say the answer doesn't matter; that rights should be afforded to people on the very basis that they are rights, regardless of how many people they impact. Show More Summary

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