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Teacher Sued After Punishing Second-Grader for Being an Atheist

How awful of a teacher do you have to be to tell a child there's something wrong with him because he's an atheist? Earlier this year at Forest Park Elementary School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a second-grader known only as A.B. was asked by his classmate where he went to church:

Atlas Shrugged: The Colossal Contradiction

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I As we’ve seen previously, the supercapitalists hiding out in Galt’s Gulch call Dagny a “scab”, a grave insult for a worker who crosses a union picket line. Given that the word was coined by labor organizers, one might think Rand’s heroes were using it ironically – but it turns [Read More...]

Bristol Palin, Abstinence Advocate, is Having Another Out-of-Wedlock Child

The last time Bristol Palin was pregnant, she followed it up by becoming a spokesperson for abstinence for a cool quarter-million dollars.

Parent Sues Indiana Teacher for Segregating Atheist 2nd-Grader

Balanza de la Justicia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Suppose that you are the parent of a 2nd-grader attending public school. Your child and his or her classmates are playing on the playground shortly before lunch. One of the children asks your child if he or she goes to church, and your child says no. Show More Summary

The Ever-Changing Definition of “Traditional Marriage”

Matt Baume does an excellent job in this video explaining how "traditional marriage" has really changed over time:

U.S. Air Force Officials Reminded of Flag-Folding Methods, One of Which is Full of Christian Symbolism

Commander’s Call Topics is an email publication going out to high-ranking Air Force personnel, and a recent issue reminded them of the symbolism behind two different flag-folding ceremonies. One of them was non-religious but the other one -- which can be used at "personal ceremonies as long as the participants are volunteers" -- is explicitly Christian:

This is How Brigham Young University’s Honor Code Hurts Mormons Who May Question Their Faith

Brigham Young University is a private institution owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a "Mormons"). Unlike some other religiously-operated schools, BYU is a fully accredited and well-respected academic institution. Show More Summary

Someone Set Fire to Coffee Shop Owned by Jesus-Loving Mayor; Guess Who He Blamed?

Earlier Wednesday morning, the Will Rogers Coffee Company in Texas caught on fire, damaging part of the exterior wall and melting some freezers inside the building.Security footage -- not yet public -- supposedly revealed someone driving...Show More Summary

Is the “Relentlessly Gay” Yard a Giant Hoax?

Last week, we all heard about the colorful solar lamps in Julie Baker's yard spelling out the words "Love" and "Ohana" (the Hawaiian word for "family"). As the story went, one of her neighbors sent Baker a note about how her yard was becoming "Relentlessly Gay" and how that was bad for children.

Pat Robertson Tells Woman to Avoid Her Wiccan Neighbors Because “They’ll Destroy Your Children”

Giver of all wisdom Pat Robertson was asked on The 700 Club about how a woman should respond to her new Wiccan neighbors. Should they be friends? Should she allow her son to befriend their daughter?Robertson, as expected, responded with the love of Christ: By telling the woman to avoid them at all costs before they ruin her family.

Popular YouTube Atheist Jaclyn Glenn Featured in Playboy Photo Shoot

It's not often you see a potentially-NSFW post on Friendly Atheist, so gather around.The other day, popular atheist YouTuber Jaclyn Glenn shared a link to her risqué Playboy photo shoot, part of a series covering (err... uncovering?) top YouTube starlets.

Time For 'In God We Trust' To Go

When you walk into a building owned and operated by your city, county, state, or federal government, you generally do so for a reason. Unless you work there or are just sightseeing, you have almost certainly come to this building for a specific purpose. Show More Summary

Who Knew There Was a Connection Between Bibles and the Slinky?

True story: The inventor of the Slinky used his wealth to translate the Bible into little-known languages.Andy Warner tells the full story at Backchannel:

Because Terrorist Groups Need to Stop Being So Damn Intolerant

Finally, the terrorists are realizing they need to be a little more open-minded...:

Judge Asked to Remove “An Appeal to Heaven” Flag from Arkansas County Courthouse

While everyone is talking about flags that shouldn't be on government property, the Bradley County Courthouse in Warren, Arkansas is being called out for flying a flag reading "An Appeal to Heaven":

Smoker Eddie Van Halen Blames His Tongue Cancer on Guitar Picks & Electromagnetic Energy

We often hear religious people go to absurd lengths to explain things that have perfectly natural explanations. (What caused that tornado? Gay people, not weather patterns.)So when a rock star does something similar, might as well call...Show More Summary

New Poll Shows Americans Believe Faith (Specifically Christianity) is Necessary to be “Truly American”

In case you're wondering why "atheist" ranks so low on the Presidential electability list, it helps to look at new polling results revealed yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute.When it comes to being "truly American," 69% of people think believing in God is a pretty important ingredient while 53% linked Christianity to patriotism:

A Reminder of Why Gov. Bobby Jindal is an Awful Candidate for President

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the latest GOP candidate to throw his hat into the 2016 ring. While I'm sure readers of this site have no plan to vote for him, it's worth remembering just why that is.

10 Things I Learned About the UpStairs Lounge Arson, the Biggest LGBT Mass Murder in America’s History

Forty-two years ago today, an almost unimaginable inferno, caused by arson, burned and suffocated 32 people to death. All were patrons of New Orleans' UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar. I wrote about it in 2013 here. Over the past few days, I've been reading Johnny Townsend's 2011 book about the massacre, Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire. Show More Summary

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