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Oregon Gunman Didn’t Specifically Target Christians, Says One Survivor

We're still trying to understand why 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer decided to open fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday. There's plenty of speculation and very little concrete evidence, so I'll refrain from adding to the chaos. Show More Summary

Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins Lament “Regressive Leftists” Who Shy Away from Criticizing Islam

There are issues where I part ways with Richard Dawkins, but when it comes to criticizing bad ideas and hearing out people whose views you may disagree with or find offensive, I'm in complete agreement.On Real Time last night, Dawkins and Bill Maher spoke about how, strangely, it's liberals who seem to be on the wrong side of this particular issue. Show More Summary

You Can Now Bid on This Hilarious Not-So-Biblical Cross Stitch Pattern… for Charity!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to an article by Jake Dawe at McSweeney's featuring several biblical cross-stitch patterns that Kim Davis would surely appreciate since the fake Bible verses were tailored to her bigotry.Becky, a reader of this site, had the talent and motivation to turn one of those verses into a reality:

It’s Time to Stop Putting Pope Francis on a Pedestal

Pope Francis is doing some good things with his influence. He's called for greater tolerance. He's advocated for action on climate change. He's pushed the Church to focus more on helping those suffering in poverty. In an unprecedented...Show More Summary

Tennessee Sheriff Dismisses “In God We Trust” Complaint with One-Word Response

With all the "In God We Trust" stickers being place on vehicles belonging to police departments and sheriff's offices across the country, it's inevitable that groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation would push back and remind...Show More Summary

The People of Roseburg Don’t Need Your Prayers; They Need Better Laws

I posted this cartoon by James MacLeod back in July but it seems all too appropriate today.

VA Public Schools End Christian Recruiting Program After FFRF Warning

Two weeks ago I reported on a sweeping program of organized religious coercion of student athletes by their Christian coaches at public high schools across southwestern Virginia. Since then I’ve received reports of two more schools involved, bringing the total number we know to host this program to twelve:

Tennessee Lt. Governor Tells “Serious” Christians to Arm Themselves After UCC Shooting

Even though there's no solid evidence that yesterday's shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College was directed at Christians, that's not stopping Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey from assuming this was a religiously motivated crime.On Facebook today, Ramsey told his followers that Christians are under attack and "serious" believers needed to arm themselves:

The Vatican is Doing Damage Control Over the Pope’s Meeting with Kim Davis

In a story that threatened to undo much of the goodwill earned by Pope Francis during his recent trip to the U.S., we found out this week that he had a private meeting with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis before he left. But what does that mean?

Before You Claim the UCC Shooting Was About Christian Persecution, Consider All the Evidence

Another day, another shooting spree in the U.S.In a tragedy that has become all too common in the states, 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer opened fire yesterday on Oregon's Umpqua Community College campus armed with several handguns and one long gun. Show More Summary

Christian Pastor: “Sex Belongs to Christians”

Christian educator John Piper is no stranger to making offensive, opportunistic statements. When the Sandy Hook shootings happened, he called it a "warning" from God to turn to Christ.His latest idiotic statement? Sex belongs to Christians. Which, I guess, means all of us are doing it wrong. Literally.

An Atheist Wore a Hijab for a Day to Understand What Her Muslim Friends Have to Deal With

Amber Barnhill, who's been featured on this site before for her activism and a post she wrote about sex negativity in her religious past, conducted a neat experiment on Wednesday.She put on a hijab and spent the day experiencing the world as a Muslim woman for her sociology of religion class.

Clickhole Presents Signs That You Grew Up in an Atheist Household

I was all set to read a list titled "10 Signs You Were Raised In An Atheist Household"... and then I realized I was reading Clickhole.Which means the list is just going to get weirder and weirder...

Seth Meyers Breaks Down the Problems with the Planned Parenthood Congressional Hearing

On his late night show, Seth Meyers gave a great rundown of the farcical Congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood that was nothing more than a bunch of ignorant politicians talking down to the head of one of the larger health care providers in the country, just because they also happen to provide abortion services:

What Donald Trump Has in Common with Prosperity Gospel Preachers

Think about all those prosperity gospel preachers. The ones who brag about their wealth, fly in private planes, and tell their followers how they can eventually achieve the same lifestyle (even though that's never going to happen) if they just believe. Show More Summary

A Texas School District is Still Trying to Ban a Billboard at Football Games

The Lubbock Independent School District in Texas is home to Lowrey Field, where the four high schools in the area play their home football games. The 8,500-seat stadium also houses a digital billboard where companies like Whataburger,...Show More Summary

Indiana GOP Leader, a Champion of “Family Values,” Resigns After Blasting Out Sexually Explicit Video

We should be used to politicians hell-bent on "protecting the institution of marriage" doing things that make them and their positions look utterly foolish. Think Newt Gingrich's three divorces, or the the bigoted Missouri GOP leader...Show More Summary

A&E’s Exploitative Sex Worker Reality Show Was Worse Than We Thought

Reality television isn't known for being the most scrupulous of spaces, but fans of the genre have come to terms with its limitations -- like the fact that much of the drama is staged for their viewing pleasure, or that their "heroes"...Show More Summary

Bigoted Christian Bakers, Despite Raising More Than $500,000 Online, Won’t Pay $135,000 Fine

Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron are the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Portland, Oregon. They were in the news a lot earlier this year for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, then releasing the couple's information to the public, decisions that eventually cost them $135,000 in fines. Show More Summary

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