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Christian Evangelist Blasts “Little Mermaid” Dad By Posting Video of His Child Shooting a Gun

A few days ago, we posted about a dad who took his son to the toy store to exchange a duplicate birthday present... only to learn that his son swapped it out for a Little Mermaid doll. The response from father Mikki Willis was wonderful. Show More Summary

Mormon Church: We’ll Keep Working with the Boy Scouts Since They’ll Let Us Reject Gay Leaders

A month after the Boy Scouts of America rescinded the ban on gay leaders, religious groups are still trying to figure out whether they want to be associated with an organization that treats homosexuals like humans.

A Brief Introduction to the World of Christian Persecution Headlines

If you're curious to see how the Christian Right distorts facts in order to demonize atheists, let me give you a couple of examples from just the past couple of days.1) This is a painting of Jesus that was hanging up at Royster Middle School in Kansas:

This Portrait of Jesus Has No Business in a Kentucky Courthouse

It's bad enough when government buildings put up signs reading "In God We Trust." But in Kentucky's Breathitt County Courthouse, there's just a painting of Jesus that the artist says cannot be removed:

Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian?

This article was originally published on AlterNet. Human history is a story of gradual moral enlightenment. Over the ages, we’ve become less violent, less xenophobic, more tolerant, more committed to the ideals of democracy and equality under the law. Of course, moral progress is painfully slow, with many holdouts and local reversals, and we have [Read More...]

ESPN’s Resident Creationist Curt Schilling Suspended After Tweet Comparing Muslim Extremists to Nazis

The last time we mentioned former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling on this site, it's because he was promoting Creationism on Twitter. He later said he accepts evolution, but only within species -- a line of anti-evolution reasoning that even Ken Ham would agree with.You won't be surprised to learn that Schilling said something else really dumb on Twitter yesterday:

Offending for the Sake of Offending

The building housing the Danish embassy in Damascus, Syria burning after being stormed by demonstrators. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I support the free expression of ideas. This includes ideas with which I disagree, and it certainly includes ideas which many people consider to be offensive. Show More Summary

Putting Six Degrees of Separation to the Test

Is there any truth to the "six degrees of separation" idea?Let's find out!

New Study Shows That, on Hot-Button Issues, Most American Catholics Disagree with Catholicism

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service is called "The Francis Effect? U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics"... but it really should...Show More Summary

The Fringe Conspiracy Theory We’re Asked to Respect (A Parable)

You’ve probably heard of the small conspiracy theory group that’s dedicated to spreading the news of an unimaginably elaborate hoax -- supposedly the largest conspiracy ever perpetuated on humanity. The group, known as Electricists, claims that electricity is an invention of the government that doesn’t occur in nature and isn’t what "they" tell us.

Episcopalian Mea Culpa for Role in Slavery Misses the Mark

Much has been said of the Religious Right's racist past (and present) over the past year or so, but if we're being fair, racism isn't a problem exclusively drawn along party lines when it comes to the faithful. While many Christian leaders...Show More Summary

After Arkansas Approves Ten Commandments Monument at Capitol, Atheist Group Applies for Display

Now that the state of Arkansas has said yes to a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds, it's fair game for non-Christian groups to apply for space as well.A Hindu group's statue of Hanuman was recently rejected on a technicality, but they may try again soon. Show More Summary

College Atheist Asks Hillary Clinton About Church/State Separation

If you had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton any question at a political rally, what would you ask? (Okay, okay, we both know you're not allowed to ask the first 12 questions that come to your mind. But after that.)Daniel Little attended a town hall meeting for Clinton in Las Vegas last week and decided to get her thoughts on church/state separation.

Why is This Principal Praying with Her Students Around a Flagpole Before School?

Late last week, at South Bakersfield High School in California, students gathered around the flagpole to pray before the day began. That's perfectly fine. The problem is that Principal Connie Grumling joined them in the circle, offering...Show More Summary

Big Bang Theory Actress Claims She Receives Hatred and Threats for Her Faith

Actress, neuroscientist, and admitted anti-vaxxer (we'll get to that in a minute) Mayim Bialik, best known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, told Fox News her identity as a Jewish woman puts her outside of trendy Hollywood circles.

Trolling Jesus

Gay couple for wedding cake. Picture by Stefano Bolognini. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You are all familiar with the concept of Internet trolls. There are many different types of trolls, each of which operates in somewhat different ways and may have somewhat different aims. Show More Summary

How Do You Know Your Atheism Isn’t Just a “Phase”?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how you know you're not just going through a "phase" when it comes to your religious doubts.

A Closer Look at Christian Pseudo-Historian David Barton

Long-term readers of this site are undoubtedly aware of Christian pseudo-historian David Barton. He makes up his own version of history, full of Jesus and light on facts, and markets it to Christian home-schoolers and the Fox News crowd. Show More Summary

Springfield (IL) Catholic School Policy Targets Parents Who Don’t Strictly Follow Church Teachings

Given all the talk about how Catholic schools are closing left and right due to low enrollment, you'd think they'd do anything they can to bring in more students. When they're in the news, however, it's often because administrators are...Show More Summary

Are Conservative Christians More Prone to Sex Scandals?

Andrea DenHoed, who grew up in a Christian homeschooling environment, has a really nice piece up at the New Yorker connecting the dots between the conservative culture in which people like Josh Duggar (below) were raised to the numerous sexual scandals that have come out of it:

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