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Peeping Tom Pastoral Candidate was Protected by Mars Hill Leadership, Alleges Former Church Member

More stories of abuses of power by church leadership are coming out of Pastor Mark Driscoll's church on the We Love Mars Hill blog. This latest one tells of a pastoral candidate who was a known sex offender, yet protected by the staff from the legal consequences of his crime and allowed to remain in leadership. From the testimony of "Phillip C":

Whoa! National Catholic Reporter Praises Obama’s LGBT Nondiscrimination Order

President Obama took a huge step earlier this month when he signed an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in workplaces that receive federal contracts. In response, the National Catholic Reporter took a surprising stance:...Show More Summary

Ask Richard: Atheist with Terminal Cancer Faces Several Decisions

Dear Richard,Two days ago, I was diagnosed with brain cancer for the 3rd time in 14 years. To make a long story short, my cancer has evolved from a grade II Astrocytoma, to the most aggressive form, grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme. Glioblastoma is incurable and I probably won't survive past 15 months.My family is Lutheran and very conservative. Show More Summary

Appeals Court Rejects American Atheists’ Lawsuit Against Giant Cross Display in 9/11 Museum

More than a year ago, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts tossed out American Atheists' lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and its display of a 17-foot-tall steel beam cross. If you need some background, AA had...Show More Summary

A Quiverfull Mother Rejected Her Faith, Got a Divorce, and Wrote All About It in a Book That’s Free on Kindle Today

Kaleesha Williams used to be fully invested in the quiverfull movement. A mother of seven children, she home-schooled her kids, taught them Young Earth Creationism -- you get the idea.Two years ago, she left the faith, divorced her husband,...Show More Summary

British Politician Claims That We Can Find Answers in Astrology

This is a guest post written by Andy Wasley. Andy is a freelance writer based in London....“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” said David Tredinnick this week. Tredinnick (below) is a fairly low-ranking...Show More Summary

Sam Harris Offers His Take on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Sam Harris offers his take on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in a way that is sure to upset everyone who has an opinion on it:

A Washington State County Council Plans to Add “In God We Trust” Display in Chambers

The Pierce County Council in Washington state discussed a proposal today to add the phrase "In God We Trust" to its chambers. Of the seven-member council, only two have the courage to speak out against the idea:

Join Statement from Benson and Dawkins

© Copyright Dave Spicer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence A few days ago, Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins released a joint statement suggesting that while disagreement is inevitable in the atheist/humanist/skeptic/secular...Show More Summary

Satanic Temple Claims Religious Exemption… in Support of Medically Accurate Information About Abortion

In light of the Hobby Lobby ruling, religious groups everywhere are jumping at the chance to deny women fundamental health care on the basis of the owners' religious beliefs.The Satanic Temple is using the same principle to do just the opposite. Show More Summary

If Democrats Have This Much Support from Non-Religious Americans, Why Do They Avoid Us?

Gallup released a poll this morning that pretty much restates the obvious: Religious people support Republicans while non-religious people support Democrats.In fact, the non-religious support for Democrats is about 22% higher than it is for Republicans: In fact, no matter how you slice up the demographics, that trend seems to hold. Show More Summary

Richard Dawkins’ Commendable Step on Sexism

Well, this is most welcome news: [W]e have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on people’s appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into [Read More...]

This Church May Want to Rethink Its Definition of “Forgiveness”

I'm always amazed that the people who write those church marquee signs never have a teenager look them over first. When they don't, they run the risk of putting up signs like this one, seen outside Oak Ridge Alliance Church in Tennessee over the weekend:

Can Atheists Truly Appreciate Religious Art?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses whether atheists can truly appreciate religious art:

Ray Comfort Apologizes for Saying There’s No Gravity in Space

The guy is wrong about damn near everything he preaches, but every now and then, he admits it.Yesterday afternoon, Creationist Ray Comfort posted this comment on Facebook about how there's no gravity in space: That's obviously wrong, considering gravity is how the Earth stays in orbit... Show More Summary

What Are These Pastors Doing to the Minds of These Poor Children?

We've seen videos of children falling down due to Benny Hinn-style Christian revivals, but you haven't seen anything as disturbing as this 8-minute compilation of children being brainwashed:

Photo Sunday: Reykjavik

My wife and I spent the last week on vacation in Iceland, which is like a liberal’s dream: an peaceful, egalitarian society with no standing army, very low inequality and scarcely any crime, consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world for women and LGBT people, with a Scandinavian-style social welfare system [Read More...]

Gender and How We Evaluate YouTube Videos

Jaclyn Glenn When a man makes a YouTube video, it seems like the audience tends to focus more on his content and how he expresses himself than they do on his appearance. Yes, I recognize that this is a generalization and that there are certainly exceptions. Show More Summary

Noah’s Ark Theme Park Could Receive More Than $18,000,000 in Tax Breaks from Kentucky Tourism Board

We already know that the folks behind the Creation Museum are working on "Ark Encounter," a Noah's Ark-based theme park. Three years ago, they received approval for more than $40,000,000 in possible tax rebates from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority. Show More Summary

Ken Ham Opposes Space Exploration Because Aliens Aren’t “Saved”? Here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Brief Response

The highlight of Friday's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher had to be the cutaway to Neil deGrasse Tyson during a joke about how Ken Ham doesn't think we should spend so much money looking for life on other planets since they haven't been "saved":

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