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Southern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Church For Tolerating Gays

A church in California has been ousted from the Southern Baptist Convention after embracing a vague policy not to denounce LGBT people.Earlier this year, Danny Cortez (below), the pastor at the New Heart Community Church, gave a sermon...Show More Summary

Rumors of a Vatican Reversal on Contraception Are Highly Exaggerated

The headlines are optimistic: “Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban” (The Telegraph)“Pope in battle to win acceptance for contraception, divorcees, and annulments” (Irish Central)“Vatican might OK contraception” (Joe. Show More Summary

JeffCo School Board (in Colorado) Wants to Revise the AP U.S. History Curriculum… with the Help of Christians

Last year, three conservatives won seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education in Colorado, giving them a majority on the five-member board. The community is now seeing the results of that election because the board wants to rethink the Advanced Placement U.S. Show More Summary

Mizzou Cancels Church Bulletin Discount for Upcoming Volleyball Game; Now, Everyone Can Attend for Free

Yesterday, I posted about a possibly illegal discount for Christians the University of Missouri was offering for an upcoming women's volleyball game. Anyone who brought in a church bulletin would get free admission.At some point, maybe...Show More Summary

Finally, Some Positive Coverage of Atheists Coming to Town from a Local News Station

The Carolinas Secular Conference is taking place this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the local Fox affiliate ran two separate segments on the atheists coming to town.Usually, news anchors talking about atheism is a prelude to several cringe-worthy moments, but they actually did a nice job with the two segments. Show More Summary

Bill Maher Criticizes Yale Atheist Group for Not Supporting Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In a rant on last night's Real Time, Bill Maher joked about the teen accused of desecration because of his blowjob-Jesus picture, expressed his frustration with the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics for joining the anti-Ayaan Hirsi...Show More Summary

Israeli Cult Leader Goel Ratzon Is Convicted of Rape; Fathered Six of His Own Grandchildren

What kind of a person do you have to be to get taken in and abused by a religious cult?According to a piece in The Jerusalem Post that cites Britain's Cult Information Center,[P]eople in cults tend to be “intelligent, idealistic, well-educated,...Show More Summary

A Look Inside Focus on the Family’s New Guide for Oblivious Christian Parents Teaching Their Kids About Homosexuality

Focus on the Family has released a mind-boggling "resource" that you simply cannot overlook."How to Talk To Your Children About Homosexuality," a gem of a packet by Jeff Johnston, is split into sections for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and kids 12 and over. Show More Summary

When a Child Dies, Is it Right for His Public School to Invoke Religion?

Earlier this week, a football player at Gladewater High School in Texas was in a horrible car accident and lost his life. (His brother, the driver, was hospitalized but later released.) It's just a devastating loss for that school and the boys' family, as you might imagine. Show More Summary

Here’s Video of the Atheist Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama

Yesterday, Kelly McCauley, an atheist and member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, delivered the first-ever secular invocation in front of the Huntsville City Council in Alabama. You can read more about the lead-up to the event here, but for now, here’s the video and transcript! Dearly Beloved, When the ancients considered the values that [Read More...]

9th Grader in South Carolina Punished for Sitting During the Pledge of Allegiance

Another day, another student wrongly punished for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. In this case, it's a 9th grader at Right Choices Alternative School in Beaufort, South Carolina.The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to district officials yesterday explaining the problem:

Alabama Lawmakers Will Propose Bill to Allow Teachers to Pray with Students

Earlier this summer, legislators in North Carolina passed Senate Bill 370, which (unnecessarily) reiterated the rights of students to express their faith in school. These rights were already protected under the law, but you can never appease religious voters too much...

Mizzou Offers Free Tickets for a Volleyball Game, but Christians Also Get a Special Discount… Somehow

The University of Missouri has a women's volleyball game airing on ESPN's SEC Network this weekend, so they want as many people in the crowd as possible to really sell that school pride to the viewing audience. The promotions team, as...Show More Summary

El Al Flight Becomes “11-Hour-Nightmare” When Haredi Demand To Be Shielded From Women

You'd think that El Al, the Israeli national airline, would know how to accommodate religious flyers, including the ultra-Orthodox. But the crazy (and the over-entitled) was strong on this flight:An El-Al flight from New York to TelShow More Summary

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Curriculum Teaches That Scientists Can Generate Electricity from Snow

Jonny Scaramanga, who's written at this site about his fundamentalist education at an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school, has a new piece up at The Guardian with a stunning (yet not necessarily shocking) revelation from the ACE curriculum: It suggests that snow can generate electricity. Scaramanga quotes a textbook called Science 1087 (aimed at 9th-graders):

Atlas Shrugged: Ad Baculum

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V Hank and Dagny are returning to New York after their trip to Colorado. Hank’s wife Lillian, by now, has come to suspect that these “business trips” are about more than just business, so she arranges to be waiting for him on the platform: Her first sight of Rearden in [Read More...]

Atheist Groups Will Hold Protest in Defense of Teen Facing Two Years in Jail for “Desecration” of Jesus Statue

Readers of this site are aware of a recent controversy involving a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord: He's...Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 20: TAM2014: Steven Novella and Jon Armstrong

Our latest podcast guests are Skeptics Guide to the Universe host and neuroscientist Steven Novella and magician Jon Armstrong Jessica sat down with them to talk about skepticism and the brain, our faulty memories, and how the placebo effect is not what you may think.

Weekday Coffee: September 25

I’ve been taking a breather this week, but never fear, my Atlas Shrugged series will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, some quick links: • Help atheist blogger and ex-Quiverfuller Vyckie Garrison save her house! She’s in financial trouble caused largely by her divorce from an abusive husband, which in turn happened because she lost her [Read More...]

Search For “Holy Water” Leads to Amputation For South African Man

A South African climber, Tsenolo Shadrack Rasello, whose foot got stuck on an unforgiving cliff, managed to summon a rescue crew via his cell phone, but to limited avail. Medical personnel were eventually called in to amputate the l...

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