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California Supreme Court Says Judges Can Once Again Join Boy Scouts, Despite Ban on Atheists

Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court formally took a stand against the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders by saying that state court judges could not participate in the organization. Anyone who did faced removal from the bench. Show More Summary

At Soccer Game, Turkey’s Fans Shout “Allahu Akbar” During Moment of Silence for Paris Victims

CBS is reporting an incident at the Greece versus Turkey soccer match earlier this week that goes well beyond bad sportsmanship. During a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris massacre, while players of both side observed the silence respectfully, fans of the Turkish team erupted into jeers and cries of "God is great":

An Atheist Attorney Has Helped More Than 2,500 Mormons Resign From the Church for Free

With all the people leaving the Mormon church over the past week, due to the Church’s bigoted stance toward gay couples and their children, Mark Naugle has been working like mad to make sure all those resignation letters are being processed...Show More Summary

LA Times Issues Savage Response to County Supervisor Imposing His Faith Through the Government

For almost a decade now, this has been the seal of Los Angeles County in California: There's a lot going on there, but check out the center right image. That's supposed to represent the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, a Catholic mission dating back hundreds of years. Show More Summary

Texas Board of Education Rejects Proposal Allowing Experts to Fact-Check Textbooks

The Texas Board of Education has long been a punchline for the rest of the country.There was the time when it was led by Creationist Don McLeroy, who did all he could to dismantle the teaching of proper science in the classroom. There...Show More Summary

Kentucky Judge Thinks Images of Mr. Magoo and Rachel Maddow Will Offset Illegal Painting of Jesus

For decades now, Kentucky's Breathitt County Courthouse has featured a painting of Jesus that the artist says cannot be removed:

An Ode to the Red Starbucks Cup

You knew this was going to happen.After Joshua Feuerstein's rant against the new Starbucks cups got us all laughing at him and put the Christmas-y cup at the center of a national non-troversy, the whole situation was ripe for parody.Now, DJ Dudley D and Ben Quam have channeled Toby Keith in an ode to the "Red Starbucks Cup":

You Know You Want to Buy This Zombie Nativity Scene

That one guy rose from the dead, so why can't all the others? When you put this Zombie Nativity Scene outside your house, no one will ever know the difference.

Candace Cameron Bure Attempts (and Fails) to Defend Creationism on The View

This morning on The View, co-hosts Joy Behar and Candace Cameron Bure (who happens to be Kirk Cameron's sister) got into a debate about Creationism. Actually, to call it a debate is unfair, because Bure didn't actually bother defending her Creationist beliefs.The conversation began when the panel discussed Dr. Show More Summary

No One’s Drawing Muhammad Anymore, Right?

Those Islamic radicals who caused riots and killed people because some cartoonists drew images of Muhammad really got the final word, didn't they?

Pennsylvania Legislator Tells Church Crowd “We Need to Turn Our Nation Back to God”

During a PrayUSA event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prayer Caucus Network and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, State Rep. Rick Saccone told the audience that what we really need in this country is more religion. As if there's not enough of it already.

A Fictional Conversation Between Islamic Terrorists and the People Who Make Up Excuses for Them

Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar imagines a conversation between Islamic terrorists and the apologists who make excuses for why they're committing violent acts. It gets more entertaining the more you keep reading.He prefaces it by saying, "It’s like a bad Monty Python sketch":

Your Guide to the Supreme Court Abortion Case That Could Change Everything

It happened quietly, flying under the radar in the face of crisis-driven federal governance and partisan squabbling. Over the course of a decade, conservatives have, for the most part, expanded their hold on state government in traditionally red states while making substantial gains in traditionally blue and purple states. Show More Summary

Republican Efforts to Bar Syrian Muslim Refugees Present a National Security Risk

The brutal ISIS attacks in Paris last week paired with another gruesome suicide bombing in Beirut shook the global community to its core, and with good reason. Images and accounts from the ground were the stuff of nightmares -- nightmares...Show More Summary

John Kerry Suggests Charlie Hebdo Massacre was “Legitimate,” Then Walks Back That Word

Secretary of State John Kerry, as the United States top diplomat, should have a tongue of silver. Unfortunately, it turned to ash in his mouth yesterday when he bumbled his way through an impromptu statement about the two terrorist massacres...Show More Summary

Colorado Mesa University Discontinues Bible Giveaway at Nursing School Pinning Ceremony

Last week, I posted about a ceremonial "pinning" ceremony that takes place when nursing students graduate from Colorado Mesa University. It's a way of welcoming them into the profession. But at CMU, when those graduates stepped off the stage, they were given a Gideons Bible. Show More Summary

Gov. John Kasich Wants to Create a Government Agency to Promote “Judeo-Christian Values”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Republican Presidential candidate who has tried to present himself as the sane alternative to his far right competitors, offered a proposal yesterday that you'd expect from someone like Mike Huckabee. He suggested creating a government program to spreading "Judeo-Christian values" around the world:

Praying for Paris Right Now is Like…

For those harmed by religion, the hair of the dog may be an insensitive consolation.

Anti-Choice Laws Spurring Spike in Dangerous Self-Induced Abortions

People opposed to abortion have long made their objective apparent: they want to set us back by more than 40 years by making the medical procedure illegal. Many activists have seen that as an unlikely scenario in the courts, so they have resorted to getting legislators to regulate the practice out of existence. Show More Summary

Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, Super-Simplified

How do you explain Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity when you don't allow yourself to use the word "relativity"? Or "gravity"? Or "Einstein"? Or pretty much everything else you find in a science textbook? That's the challenge Randall...Show More Summary

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