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New York Rabbi Mendel Epstein Goes on Trial For Running a Divorce Racket Involving Kidnappings and Cattle Prods

Jewish gets -- divorce decrees that, after a marriage fails, can only be provided by the husband -- have been the subject of much controversy and even violent crime for years. A woman cannot get remarried under Jewish law unless she can produce a get. Show More Summary

Oklahoma Republican Wants to Ban AP US History Classes Because They’re Not Pro-America Enough

Oklahoma State Rep. Dan Fisher (below) thinks he knows better than history educators and experts what kids ought to be learning in their classes. Advanced Placement U.S. History? He wants that banned because it covers topics that don't always make America look good.

District Officials Reverse Course After Telling Student Not to Say “God Bless America” During Morning Announcements

For several weeks, the student-led morning announcements at Yulee High School in Florida ended with the words "God Bless America."So the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center wrote a letter to school officials explaining the problem:

Christian Pediatrician Refuses to Treat Baby Girl Because Her Parents Are Lesbians

You know, it's bad enough when Christian bakery owners won't make a cake for a gay wedding, but I didn't realize some Christian doctors were also incapable of caring for children of same-sex couples:

You Can Help Foundation Beyond Belief in a Big Way with Just a Couple of Clicks

Reddit just announced a program in which it will give away 10% of its advertising revenue to various charities. It amounts to more than $82,000 per group.Well... Foundation Beyond Belief happens to be an excellent non-profit that could use that support! If you have a Reddit account, please vote for Foundation Beyond Belief here. Show More Summary

A Group for Secular Survivors of Abusive Relationships

I posted before about a new non-profit group called Secular Avenue, which will help non-religious people in tough situations get the support they need. To that end, they've just launched a Facebook group called "Secular Survivors" for people who are leaving abusive relationships:

The Canadian Supreme Court Was Right to Overturn the Ban on Physician-Assisted Suicide

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the Canadian Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn the ban on physician-assisted suicide.

Ladies: To Attract Love, Shine Your Yoni At the Moon!

Not since Gwyneth Paltrow steam-cleaned her vagina have I read such sage advice about what women ought to do with their lady parts.An article in Vice, by Jennifer Schaffer, introduces us to Olivia Olkowski, a shamanic healer who swears...Show More Summary

University May Stop Giving Free Bibles to Students Who Don’t Request Them… and Some Christians Are Appalled

Students at Aberystwyth University (in Wales) may no longer find free Bibles in their rooms. And while the Bibles would be available for those who want them, some Christians are amazed -- and disgusted -- that people aren't keen on giving their holy book to all students, whether they want it or not.

Young Theologian Who Needs a Job Says the Media Must Invest In Journalists Who Understand Religion

I can think of many things that are worrisome about the state of journalism, but I hadn't yet considered the dwindling number of full-time religion correspondents to be among them. Maybe I'm wrong.Conor Gaffey (below), writing a familiar...Show More Summary

There’s Another 9/11 Memorial Cross Controversy, This Time in Princeton (New Jersey)

Princeton (New Jersey) Fire Company deputy chief Roy James really wants to put up a 9/11 memorial in the city. The centerpiece would be a 10-foot-long steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center... but it has a cross cut out...Show More Summary

Cultists and Covens and Curses? Oh my! Pat Robertson Addressed Facebook Photo Dangers

Have you ever really considered the spiritual perils and pitfalls of posting ultrasound photos on Facebook? That was a question posed to Pat Robertson on The 700 Club Monday, and, rarely one to pass up an opportunity to sound crazy,Show More Summary

Clark County (Washington) Officials Find an Underhanded Way to Pass an Unpopular “In God We Trust” Proposal

Last week, I wrote about how Clark County (Washington) officials had tabled a discussion to put up an “In God We Trust” sign after the proposal saw a lot of resistance: After hearing about two hours of public testimony — during which about two-thirds of the speakers opposed the controversial proposal — [Councilor Tom] Mielke [Read More...]

Could ISIS Forces Attack Italy?

"Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Lybia," trumpets a headline in the Daily Beast. The prospect of such a thing initially seems silly and far-fetched, but author Barbie Latza Nadeau, who also contributes to NPR and Newsweek, explains why...Show More Summary

These Are the Most and Least Religious States in the Country

Gallup has just released its annual list of the most and least religious states in the country (based on church attendance) and there's no real change from the past.The most religious states are exactly what you'd expect -- Utah and Mississippi -- while the least religious states make me want to move to New England:

Sam Harris on the Chapel Hill Murders and Militant Atheism… and Why He Now Fears For His Safety

In his latest podcast, posted last night, Sam Harris addresses the tragic murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad. After saying that he feels nothing but horror over the crime, and that the victims were byShow More Summary

The Catholic Church’s Transphobia Has Never Been a Secret

I am so tired of writing to extremist Christians who believe they know transgender people better than transgender people know themselves. You’re probably tired of reading them.But a recent post from Patheos Catholic’s Thomas J. McDonald...Show More Summary

College Students Today Are Less Religious Than Ever Before

This graph will put a smile on your face.The numbers, from a study called "The American Freshman," show that college freshmen are abandoning their faith labels in record number, with self-professed "Nones" comprising more than 27% of students, the highest percentage in 40 years.

This Finnish Band Just Released a Stunning Music Video Drawing Inspiration from the Work of Richard Dawkins

The Finland-based symphonic metal band Nightwish is about to release their new album, drawing inspiration from the natural world and the work of Richard Dawkins. (In fact, Dawkins appears on the album as a narrator for two of the songs.)You can see the first single from the album, "Élan," below. Show More Summary

Why Video Glitches Aren’t Evidence of Aliens Living Among Us

Captain Disillusion explains why glitches in online videos aren't evidence of the secret reptilian alien conspiracy! (Which, apparently, some people believe...)

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