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Knoxville (IA) City Council Member Lashes Out Against Those Opposing Display with Christian Cross

Last week, I posted about a display that sits in taxpayer-funded Young's Park in Knoxville, Iowa. It features a kneeling soldier, gun in hand, next to a Christian cross: Americans United for Separation of Church and State called on the...Show More Summary

Josh Duggar Checks Into Rehab After Porn Star Confesses He Paid for “Rough Sex”

Just when it seemed Josh Duggar couldn't fall any harder from his hypocritical pedestal, he checked into rehab one day after a porn star confessed to In Touch that he paid her for "rough sex." Two days ago, stripper and porn star Danica...Show More Summary

Virginia Man Who Shot and Killed WDBJ Journalists Said Jehovah Told Him to Act

By now, you've probably heard about (and seen) the horrific shooting of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward (below). The WDBJ-TV journalists were in the middle of conducting a live interview this morning when former employee Vester Lee Flanagan, who went by "Bryce Williams" on air, shot and killed them both. Show More Summary

Once Again, Judge Dismisses Christians’ Lawsuit to Keep Giant Cross in Grand Haven, Michigan

I've been posting for nearly a year now about the ongoing saga in Grand Haven, Michigan involving a giant hydraulic cross that had been going up several times a year. Local atheists convinced the city council to put an end to this government promotion of religion earlier this year, but Christians have been trying to fight back.

Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher, Then Offers Her a Year’s Salary if She Doesn’t Tell Anyone About It

St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon recently made the wise decision to hire Lauren Brown (below) as a teacher. She had a math degree from Lewis & Clark College, worked in the college's admissions department after graduating, and was eager to work as a counselor at the Catholic school despite a pay cut. Show More Summary

Christian Evangelist Blasts “Little Mermaid” Dad By Posting Video of His Child Shooting a Gun

A few days ago, we posted about a dad who took his son to the toy store to exchange a duplicate birthday present... only to learn that his son swapped it out for a Little Mermaid doll. The response from father Mikki Willis was wonderful. Show More Summary

Mormon Church: We’ll Keep Working with the Boy Scouts Since They’ll Let Us Reject Gay Leaders

A month after the Boy Scouts of America rescinded the ban on gay leaders, religious groups are still trying to figure out whether they want to be associated with an organization that treats homosexuals like humans.

A Brief Introduction to the World of Christian Persecution Headlines

If you're curious to see how the Christian Right distorts facts in order to demonize atheists, let me give you a couple of examples from just the past couple of days.1) This is a painting of Jesus that was hanging up at Royster Middle School in Kansas:

This Portrait of Jesus Has No Business in a Kentucky Courthouse

It's bad enough when government buildings put up signs reading "In God We Trust." But in Kentucky's Breathitt County Courthouse, there's just a painting of Jesus that the artist says cannot be removed:

ESPN’s Resident Creationist Curt Schilling Suspended After Tweet Comparing Muslim Extremists to Nazis

The last time we mentioned former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling on this site, it's because he was promoting Creationism on Twitter. He later said he accepts evolution, but only within species -- a line of anti-evolution reasoning that even Ken Ham would agree with.You won't be surprised to learn that Schilling said something else really dumb on Twitter yesterday:

Putting Six Degrees of Separation to the Test

Is there any truth to the "six degrees of separation" idea?Let's find out!

New Study Shows That, on Hot-Button Issues, Most American Catholics Disagree with Catholicism

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service is called "The Francis Effect? U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics"... but it really should...Show More Summary

The Fringe Conspiracy Theory We’re Asked to Respect (A Parable)

You’ve probably heard of the small conspiracy theory group that’s dedicated to spreading the news of an unimaginably elaborate hoax -- supposedly the largest conspiracy ever perpetuated on humanity. The group, known as Electricists, claims that electricity is an invention of the government that doesn’t occur in nature and isn’t what "they" tell us.

Episcopalian Mea Culpa for Role in Slavery Misses the Mark

Much has been said of the Religious Right's racist past (and present) over the past year or so, but if we're being fair, racism isn't a problem exclusively drawn along party lines when it comes to the faithful. While many Christian leaders...Show More Summary

After Arkansas Approves Ten Commandments Monument at Capitol, Atheist Group Applies for Display

Now that the state of Arkansas has said yes to a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds, it's fair game for non-Christian groups to apply for space as well.A Hindu group's statue of Hanuman was recently rejected on a technicality, but they may try again soon. Show More Summary

College Atheist Asks Hillary Clinton About Church/State Separation

If you had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton any question at a political rally, what would you ask? (Okay, okay, we both know you're not allowed to ask the first 12 questions that come to your mind. But after that.)Daniel Little attended a town hall meeting for Clinton in Las Vegas last week and decided to get her thoughts on church/state separation.

Why is This Principal Praying with Her Students Around a Flagpole Before School?

Late last week, at South Bakersfield High School in California, students gathered around the flagpole to pray before the day began. That's perfectly fine. The problem is that Principal Connie Grumling joined them in the circle, offering...Show More Summary

Big Bang Theory Actress Claims She Receives Hatred and Threats for Her Faith

Actress, neuroscientist, and admitted anti-vaxxer (we'll get to that in a minute) Mayim Bialik, best known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, told Fox News her identity as a Jewish woman puts her outside of trendy Hollywood circles.

How Do You Know Your Atheism Isn’t Just a “Phase”?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how you know you're not just going through a "phase" when it comes to your religious doubts.

A Closer Look at Christian Pseudo-Historian David Barton

Long-term readers of this site are undoubtedly aware of Christian pseudo-historian David Barton. He makes up his own version of history, full of Jesus and light on facts, and markets it to Christian home-schoolers and the Fox News crowd. Show More Summary

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