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Mormon Church Defends LGBT Protections — As Long As Religious Groups Can Still Legally Discriminate

At a press conference in Salt Lake City today, Mormon church officials requested a truce with the LGBT community.The Mormon church will support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in matters of housing, employment, and public...Show More Summary

Religious Couple Returns $2,631 to Burger King Because “Jehovah Sees Everything”

Here's a question for you: If you're honest because you believe God is watching you, are you really an ethical person?Last week in New Hampshire, Janelle Jones went through a Burger King drive-thru and was surprised to discover while driving home that the bag didn't contain her food; rather, it contained $2,631 in cash. Show More Summary

Arizona Bill Would Exempt Churches from Paying Property Taxes on Buildings They Rent

Arizona legislators have just introduced a bill that would allow churches to claim a property tax exemption on buildings they rent rather than just own. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer last year, but there's no telling if...Show More Summary

The Young Turks Take on Harlem Hate Pastor in Interview

You all know Harlem Pastor James David Manning because of the inflammatory things he's said about President Obama, gay-rights supporters, and Starbucks (which he said flavored their coffee with the "semen of sodomites").That's why I was surprised to see he did an interview with Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks:

Redefining Faith

1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. Show More Summary

In Egypt, Atheists Are Considered “Threats to National Security” or “Carriers of a Dangerously Contagious Virus”

Mona Eltahawy has an important and eye-opening opinion piece in tomorrow's international edition of the New York Times (online today) all about the persecution of atheists in Egypt.The people she writes about -- like Karim al-Banna and...Show More Summary

Mike Huckabee Suggests that Prayer and Bibles in Public Schools Would Prevent Shootings

Mike Huckabee, the man who wants to become President to protect us from an atheistic theocracy, has a solution to violence in this country, particularly in our schools.Take a guess.You'll never figure it out.Okay, okay... it's more God. Show More Summary

Alexis Tsipras, New Greek Prime Minister, Is an Atheist

Greece, New York famously has issues with atheists.Greece, the country, is now led by an atheist.NPR contributor Joanna Kakissis, reporting from Athens, says that what's unusual about Alexis Tsipras, who was sworn in as Greece's prime...Show More Summary

Remember: There Are People Who Vote and Breed and Believe in Bob Larson’s Exorcisms

Rev. Bob Larson, the "exorcist" who will gladly perform his tricks over Skype, has done the impossible: He cured a woman of a 122-generation curse after talking to the demon within her.Because Christianity totally makes sense like t...

With Your Help, There Will Be a Documentary About the Pastor Who Shed His Faith

Filmmakers Tim Banks and Ryan Moore followed former pastor Ryan Bell over the past year as he "experimented" with atheism... only to come to the conclusion that God didn't exist.Now, they're putting together their documentary and need your help to take it to the next level:

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 39: Katherine Stewart, Author of The Good News Club

Our latest podcast guest is Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, about an organization bringing religious fundamentalism to elementary schools across the country. Show More Summary

Why I Don’t Believe an Indiana Teacher Was Fired for Being an Atheist

Note: There have been a lot of articles this week about an Indiana teacher who filed a lawsuit against his former district saying he was fired because he was an atheist.Last June, this story surfaced after he filed an initial complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Show More Summary

Just Because You’re Not a Fan of Like-Minded Communities, You Don’t Have to Reject Atheist Groups

In a weird piece for the Guardian, Jaya Saxena writes about how she's an atheist, but how she absolutely, positively doesn't want to be part of any organized atheist group:

Delaware Governor Issues Proclamation in Honor of Darwin Day

It has no legal weight, but Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued a proclamation in advance of Darwin Day (on Charles Darwin's birthday) recognizing his accomplishments:

With Worrisome New Rules For Students, French Government Suggests It Now Wavers on Issue of Liberté

What do you do with pupils like these?Éric Bettancourt, a schoolteacher in Clichy-sous-Bois, a heavily immigrant suburb, told the France 2 television channel that three quarters of his students had refused to observe the moment of silence [after the Charlie Hebdo massacre]. Show More Summary

Defining “the True Message of Islam”: How ISIS Recruiters Use Religious Texts To Encourage and Justify Slaughter

After every Islamist bloodbath, we hear from Muslims and the Mother Jones/Daily Kos crowd that religion had no role in the slaughter. The Charlie Hebdo massacre again brought out some well-intentioned protesters who insisted on severing...Show More Summary

Jehovah’s Witness Leader Rants Against Higher Education, Saying It’ll Lead to “Spiritual Disaster”

Jehovah's Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris is the host of the January video on the new JW online television network and what he says is a terrifying tirade against higher education.You can see the full episode here since it's...Show More Summary

An Honest Look at Catholicism’s Decline

I came across an essay by Peter Daly, a Catholic priest, that I wanted to address: “An attempt to answer the question: Where are the young adults?” It’s notable for being the frankest admission I’ve seen from a Catholic of the demographic crisis the church is facing, as well as a bracingly honest study of [Read More...]

Pastor Creates a Fake “World-Renowned” Atheist To Rail Against, and Imagines Him Abandoning His Godless “Faith”

For the lazy and the dishonest, creating a straw man is a great shortcut to winning an argument. You can ascribe to your opponent whatever twisted view you have of his beliefs, without bothering to make sure that it accords with reality.The craftiest...Show More Summary

Make Your Own Beard for Darwin Day

This is just cute. Veronica Gilmore‘s family is hosting a Darwin Day celebration in a couple of weeks that involves a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. (I’m very jealous that I can’t be a part of this.) But no celebration of Darwin’s life is complete without some long white beards for [Read More...]

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