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Ray Comfort’s Next Movie is All About the Problems with Homosexuality

I can't believe he's making this film and there's not a single banana in the promotional video.A lost opportunity...But here, have a listen to Comfort talk about what happened as he saw "two girls kissing as they walked towards" him...

Remembering the Brave Young Woman Who Refused to Say the Pledge of Allegiance Nearly 80 Years Ago

Usually, when I mention Jehovah's Witnesses on this site, it's not for a good reason. But we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.In 1935, fifth-grader William Gobitas refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance because treating the flag like an idol went against his family's JW faith. His 12-year-old sister Lillian did the same thing the next day.

Pittsburgh Newspaper Calls Proposed “In God We Trust” Display a “Misplaced Motto”

The Allegheny County Council in Pennsylvania is considering putting up an "In God We Trust" display in the County Courthouse in the name of patriotism. It'll come as no surprise to you that the proposal was made by an openly evangelical council member Sue Means (below), since this is really just a cover to push her faith through the government. Show More Summary

It’s Incredible How Easy It Is for These New Zealand Politicians to Admit They Don’t Believe in God

The New Zealand Herald asked the leaders of the nation's various political parties to give their thoughts on a variety of subjects, including whether or not they "have a God."Check out this unbelievable video:

Are Catholic Priests Obligated to Report Confessions Involving Abuse? The Supreme Court May Soon Decide

It’s a long-standing tradition: What’s revealed to a priest in the sacrament of confession cannot be repeated or shared with anyone else. They call it the Seal of Confession. Up until recently, the law accepted this as moral and desirable.But that tradition has now been called into question and the Supreme Court may end up ruling on it. Show More Summary

American Humanist Association Launches Campaign Urging Students to Stay Seated During the Pledge of Allegiance

Last week, the American Humanist Association released the results of a poll they conducted about the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge. The poll showed that when people are told about the history of the phrase -- how it was added to the...Show More Summary

Despite Going Through Ten Years of Conversion Therapy, She Finally Had the Wedding of Her Dreams

The September issue of D Magazine features the story of Amanda Barbour, a woman who went through Exodus international and their ex-gay conversion therapy, but later came out for a second (and last) time and ended up (finally) marrying another woman with the support of her family.

Fargo Officials Have Spent More Than $120,000 of Taxpayer Money to Defend a Ten Commandments Monument

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a Ten Commandments monument in the city of Fargo, North Dakota. It was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles in 1958 and was the only religious monument of its kind on city property. Long story short, it remains there even after two separate legal challenges.

An Open Records Request Revealed What Oklahoma Officials Really Think About the Satanic Temple’s Proposed Monument

Last December, the New York-based Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument to be placed outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building, where a Ten Commandments monument already stood: That was later followed by a request from a Hindu group that wanted to erect a monument of Lord Hanuman.

Kennewick (WA) City Council Member: Let’s Begin Meetings with a Prayer to the Christian God

John Trumbo (below), a city council member in Kennewick, Washington, thinks meetings would be a lot better if everyone just prayed to Jesus at the beginning: Trumbo's proposal calls for the council to open meetings with a prayer that is no longer than 90 seconds. Show More Summary

The Founder of Chick-fil-A is Dead

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, died early Monday morning. I don't take any joy in his death and I wish the best for his family as they grieve.I do, however, want to point out one lesson we can learn from his life.

I Thought About It. It Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Answers in Genesis published this cartoon a couple of days ago and Ken Ham sent it out in his latest newsletter: It took me a while, but I think I figured it out.

Prayer Isn’t Just a Form of Meditation

Singer-songwriter Andrew W.K. writes an advice column for the Village Voice each week. In his latest column, a reader explained that his brother had come down with cancer and his grandmother suggested the family pray for him:

A Debate on School Prayer Between an Expert and an Idiot

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas published a debate on the topic of school prayer in today's paper. On one side, they have Arnold Loewy, the Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech School of Law.On the other side, they have Donald May who wouldn't know the law if it were spelled out right in front of him. Which it is. Let's start with the sensible Loewy:

Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Case of Mother Who Tried (and Failed) to Heal Her Daughter’s Cancer with Prayer

In early 2002, a doctor told 15-year-old Jessica Crank she needed to go to an emergency room because of what was later diagnosed as Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. Instead of doing that, her mother Jacqueline Crank turned to Jesus instead. Jessica died later that year.

Militant Atheist: A Misnomer If Ever There Was One

We know the phrase "militant atheist" is almost always an oxymoron. The people bestowed with that title tend to be authors, debaters, and thinkers rather than dictators or murderers.Nick Cohen, writing for The Observer, takes a much-appreciated swipe against the "intellectuals" who seriously uses that phrase, calling it a "phantom menace":

An Article on Charisma News’ Website Calls for Conversion, Deportation, Sterilization, and Death of Muslims

When charges of "Islamophobia" are leveled against atheists, it almost always involves their criticism of Islam, not Muslims. For that reason, I find that charge unfair and a way to deflect from discussing any justified problems with the faith itself. Show More Summary

So You’ve Left Islam… What Next?

Imtiaz Shams used to be a Muslim. He's not anymore, and now he wants to help others who have left Islam but don't quite know where to go from there.In the third video of his trilogy, he focuses on what to do after you've moved on from Islam:

Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Worried That Gays at St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Can’t Keep Their Pants On”

For the first time ever, an LGBT group (yes, only one) will be allowed to march openly in the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. And Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and an Irish-American with a long track record of opposing LGBT equality, is the grand marshal.But that's not the funny part here. Show More Summary

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