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Seventh-Day Adventist Church Propaganda Video Argues Against the Ordination of Women

Why can't women be ordained in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church?There's no good answer to the question, as church leaders usually fall back on "tradition" and "the Bible said so" and "Respect mah authoritay," but a new video attempts to answer the question from the Church's perspective.Brace yourself for some screenshots:

Atheist Billboard in East Tennessee Draws Surprisingly Positive Reactions

A few days ago, the Rationalists of East Tennessee put up a billboard in Knoxville, Tennessee with the message, "Don't believe in God? You're not alone!" I felt like it was a fairly tame message, but when you're in a conservative area, you never know how people will react...And I'll admit: I was shocked by the reaction:

Disciples of the New Dawn, a “Godly” Group Whose Images Are Going Viral Online, is a Parody… So Stop Freaking Out

For some reason, a supposedly faith-based group called "Disciples of the New Dawn" is getting global attention for it's over-the-top denunciations of things most Christians would tell you are perfectly fine (at least in certain cases).Like divorce: Divorce is the leading cause of emotional instability and reckless behavior in women today. Show More Summary

Fareed Zakaria to Bill Maher: Your Criticism of Islam May Result in “Applause Lines” But It Won’t Create Real Change

In one of the more interesting discussions on Islam I've seen on Real Time with Bill Maher, panelist Fareed Zakaria challenged Maher on things he's said about the faith. They actually agreed on some general criticisms of the faith, but...Show More Summary

Polish Filmmaker Explores Symbol of “Religious Lunacy” in Warsaw

Polish filmmaker Zenon Kalafaticz just posted a video about the "greatest symbol of religious lunacy" in Poland: The Temple of Divine Providence.

A Spanish-Language Guide to Coming Out as an Atheist

Openly Secular just put out a guide for coming out as an atheist when you're African-American.I should've also mentioned that they released a Spanish-language guide for how to come out:

Two Creationists Joke About Atheists’ Focus on God, Not Realizing It’s Because of the Awful Effects of Their Groups

This video is incredible.It begins with a six-minute discussion in which Creationist Ken Ham and American Family Association President Tim Wildmon complain about how Christians are totally persecuted these days. Example? These two gay guys recently asked a baker to make them a wedding cake. Show More Summary

Another Conservative Group Sues IRS for Not Explaining How the Agency Will Handle Politician-Endorsing Churches

Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency's "failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations." Basically, churches were endorsing political candidates from the pulpit and the IRS wasn't doing anything to stop it. Show More Summary

Ben Carson to LGBT Community: There’s No Pleasing You People!

Likely presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (below) is frustrated. In an appearance in New York and an interview following, the conservative doctor affirmed his traditional-as-ever views on homosexuality, but he just doesn't understood why LGBT people can't accept them. Show More Summary

Ultra-Orthodox Male Jews Are Avoiding Sitting Next to Women on Flights… and It’s Annoying Everybody Involved

I've posted before about the problem of male ultra-Orthodox Jews causing a stir on airplanes because they refuse to sit next to women. They believe you're not allowed to touch any woman who's not your wife... even if it's incidental and not-even-close-to-sexual in nature. Show More Summary

Mother Whose Seven Kids All Have Whooping Cough Is Now Urging Parents to Get Their Children Vaccinated

Tara Hills (below), a mother of seven from Ottawa, vaccinated her first three kids as any decent parent would (albeit on an alternative schedule so they hadn't received them all yet). But then she backed off completely for the other four.So none of her kids had the full slate of vaccinations:... Show More Summary

“Atheists Helping the Homeless” Grows with Two New Groups

Atheists Helping the Homeless, the group that hands out items like pre-packaged food, toilet paper, soap, razors, and shampoo to people in the community who are struggling, has now expanded to two additional cities: Cedar Rapids (Iowa) and Kamloops (British Columbia).

How Should You Handle Your Children Telling You They’re Religious?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how to handle your children telling you they're religious.

Greek Atheists Want to Know Why Their Government Funded the Transportation of a “Holy Light”

Over Easter weekend, a "holy flame" traveled from Israel to Greece as part of an Orthodox Christian ceremony.And for some reason, the Greek government paid for it all. While church/state separation isn't part of the law there, the Atheist Union of Greece, a group of about a thousand members, wants to know exactly how much money was spent promoting faith:

A Wiccan Priestess Delivered the Invocation in the Iowa State House This Morning

Last week, I posted about how Iowa State Rep. Liz Bennett invited Wiccan priestess Deborah Maynard to give the opening invocation in the State House.That invocation took place this morning -- and the House is still standing. You can check out the video here (starting at the 3:09 mark) or read the transcript below:

After an Eighth Grader Stayed Seated During the Pledge of Allegiance, the School Nurse Refused to Treat Her

An eighth grader from Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was sitting in the nurse's office last Thursday, waiting to be treated, when the Pledge of Allegiance was recited over the intercom. The student chose not to stand for personal reasons... which apparently infuriated the nurse to the point that she refused to help the student.

Having a Vasectomy, Sexting, and Several Other Things That’ll Get You Fired from Cleveland Catholic Schools

The Cleveland Catholic diocese, which oversees five high schools, will have teachers sign a contract next year that includes an expanded "morality clause." The teachers voted to adopt the wording -- it's the same contract elementaryShow More Summary

Georgia Principal Defends Inviting Creationist Eric Hovind to Speak to High School Students

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how Creationist Eric Hovind had managed to obtain access to Troup County Comprehensive High School, where he gave a presentation promoting Creationism (even though he explicitly avoided saying that word or any religious term association with it) to a debate class. Show More Summary

Turkey’s Government is Building Mosques on College Campuses, So Students Are Demanding Jedi Temples, Too

Last month, Istanbul Technical University announced it would build a mosque on campus to accommodate Muslim students. But now non-Muslims are speaking out and it's glorious :) One Change.org petition called for a Buddhist temple to go up at the school:

If Scientology Ever Needs a New Celebrity Spokesperson…

Last night, Daniel Tosh made his pitch to become Scientology's next pitchman:

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