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How to Spot a Fake Psychic

I think this is my new favorite kind of article: "real" psychics telling you how to spot the "fake" psychics. We covered one example back in November, but another one has come to my attention.So let's see what advice "psychic medium" Khi Armand has to offer:

School Board Member in Chino Valley (California) Invokes Terrorist Attacks to Defend Prayers During Meetings

A couple of months ago, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.That's not an exaggeration at all. Here's just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:... Show More Summary

“Peeping Don” Pastor Who Resigned From Church Over Digital Voyeurism Now Faces Burglary Charges, Too

Maybe ex-pastor Donald Courtney Biggs, freshly accused of sneakily videotaping a nude or partially nude woman, can trade war stories with ex-rabbi Barry Freundel, who made a habit of that kind of thing.A former pastor at a church inShow More Summary

Jehovah’s Witness Publication Cites Professor Who Doubts Evolution… but Professor Says He Was Unfairly Misquoted

If you're like me, you read every issue of the Jehovah's Witness publication Awake! And in the latest issue (January, 2015), which is dedicated to undercutting the science of evolution, you get a perfect look at how these faith-based writers are liars. Check out the very first section, questioning how life began:

A Groundhog Day Replay? Cartoon Protests Break Out in String of Muslim Countries; Some End In Violence

Looks like it's 2006 all over again.Via France24 and confirmed through other online sources (1, 2, 3, 4), here's a roundup.Niger:At least five people were killed on Saturday during a second day of unrest in Niger, as French citizensShow More Summary

Dan Fincke Unpacks 16 of the Worst Charlie Hebdo Memes

Over at Camels With Hammers, Dan Fincke is in no mood to let the anti-Hebdo brigade have its way with the facts. So in a Herculean mega-post, he applies severe scrutiny to various ideas that he finds, in sum total, appalling. He's even...Show More Summary

Colton Burpo: Even Though That Other Kid Lied About Going to Heaven, “I Stand By My Story”

Now that Alex Malarkey has admitted that his 2010 book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was fictional, another "Heaven-goer" is rushing to defend the genre.In a statement posted to his website, Colton Burpo, the subject of Heaven is for Real, says that his story is totally true:

Middle Eastern Countries Are Among the World’s Top Consumers of Pornography

Religiously conservative Muslim countries are (in)famous for minimizing, shaming, and repressing human sexuality. Shockingly enough, this doesn't actually seem to be a foolproof strategy for convincing people to refrain from expressing...Show More Summary

Survey: The Netherlands Now Has More Atheists Than Believers, But 60 Percent of Respondents Are Unsure

Nowhere in the Western world does secularization race ahead as quickly as it does in the country where I was born and raised.I hope it's contagious.For the first time the Netherlands has more atheists than believers, according to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos. Show More Summary

Army Recruiting Center Removes Sign Reading “On a Mission for Both God and Country”

If you walked past an Army recruiting station near Phoenix recently, you might have seen this sign outside the office: There’s something scary about the U.S. military saying we’re on a mission for God… it’s the sort of rhetoric our enemies are using, offering religious justifications for war and violence. On Thursday, Mikey Weinstein of [Read More...]

Thanks to You, a Public Library Targeted by Conservative Christian Activists Just Received a Large Donation

Back in November, we heard about a Creationist mother who laughably “audited” an evolution exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube. It turns out that mother, Megan Fox, is the same person who (with a friend of hers) had been a pain in the side of my local [Read More...]

How North Korea Brainwashes Children To Conform to “Kimism”

When conservative believers jeer and jab at atheism, they frequently point to North Korea as an example of what a perfect atheist state looks like.Next time that happens, just send them a link to this article from yesterday's Washington...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Warns Against Those Attempting to “Redefine” Marriage

For some time, Pope Francis has been gathering accolades for his progressive views on a variety of issues.

Muslim Author Maajid Nawaz’ Journey From Recruiter of Extremists to Impassioned Peacemaker

A year ago, ex-radical Muslim Maajid Nawaz found himself in the crosshairs of some of his brethren over what is possibly the most innocuous Mohammed cartoon ever drawn -- seen in this Tweet: I wrote about the ridiculous affair here.One...Show More Summary

After Colleague Gives Him Darwin’s Book On Air, ESPN Broadcaster Says He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

What is it lately with sports personalities who don't accept science?It was only a month ago when former baseball star Curt Schilling tried to refute evolution on Twitter and Facebook. (He failed.)And now, during a Thursday night college...Show More Summary

Glenn Beck: If We Don’t Have Enough Spine to Stand Up to Satanists Seeking Equal Treatment, It’s “National Suicide”

Now that the Orange County School Board in Florida has put a stop to book distributions from outside groups -- just to prevent atheists and Satanists from doing what Christians were doing for years -- Glenn Beck is sad. Very sad.Because...Show More Summary

It’s Difficult to Determine Boko Haram’s Victim Toll, but Satellite Photos Tell Part of the Story

BBC News, citing Amnesty International, presents a different way of sussing out the savagery inflicted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, an Islamist insurgent group that attacks citizens with abandon and has a preference for schools, children, and teachers. Show More Summary

Bill Maher: I Was Starting to Like This Pope, But He’s Dead To Me Now

Bill Maher, commenting on Pope Francis' insistence that faith may not be mocked, delivers a fine rejoinder:

Christian Mother Flips Out After Seeing Pentagram Symbol in School Bus Brake Lights

Remember when you did good work in school and your teachers gave you gold star stickers?Using Robyn Wilkins' logic, they were really sending an evil message.

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