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56% of Non-Religious Americans Have Smoked Pot

According to a new Gallup poll, 44% of all Americans say they've tried marijuana at some point in their lives, a number that jumps to 56% when looking specifically at the Nones (atheists, Agnostics, and those with no religious affiliation).Furthermore, while 11% of all Americans admit to currently smoking pot, 18% of the Nones said the same thing. Show More Summary

Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Legalized Polygamy, Bestiality, and Pedophilia

Only in Pat Robertson's world does a question about abortion lead down a slippery slope to bestiality.On The 700 Club yesterday, Robertson was asked about the recent misleading videos slamming Planned Parenthood, but he used the opportunity to express his disgust about the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality and how it would lead to polygamy and sex with animals:

Stone County Sheriff’s Office (Missouri) Puts “In God We Trust” Stickers on All Vehicles

The Stone's County Sheriff's Office in Missouri just announced that all vehicles in their department now have "In God We Trust" stickers on them. Right. It's all about the "National Motto." I'm sure the Bible verse on the front page of the Sheriff's Office website -- right below the sex offender registry -- doesn't give away their true intentions at all.

The Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos Are Hurting the Pro-Lifers’ Own Cause

A lot of the backlash to the anti-Planned Parenthood videos has been the casual way the subjects talk about a very emotionally-charged situation. They treat the donation of body parts as a basic transaction while critics seem upset they're...Show More Summary

Ex-Hasidic Jew, Cut Off from Her Family After Leaving the Faith, Jumps to Her Death

Faigy Mayer was a former Hasidic Jew who left the faith about six years ago. When you're an ex-Hasid, it means you're essentially cut off from your family. They want nothing to do with you anymore. So not only are you alone, there's a good chance you have little formal education or fluency in English.Mayer got past that, though. Show More Summary

The Manhattan Option

In retrospect, the coming of marriage equality to America may well be the high-water mark of religious influence. This was the one social change that Christians fought against harder than any other, and they still failed to stop it. It’s not a stretch to conclude that this will irreversibly taint their moral credibility in the [Read More...]

Georgia Church with LGBT-Affirming Pastor Vandalized with Graffiti

Here's some Christian-on-Christian persecution for you.The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer in Augusta, Georgia is one of those churches welcoming to LGBT people. In fact, Pastor Rick Sosbe and his partner were the first...Show More Summary

Proactive Activism: Taking on Religious Privilege

By Jorge Barrios, via Wikimedia Commons If public declarations of faith grant one access to benefits one considers desirable and to which one would not otherwise have access, we would have to expect to witness many such declarations....Show More Summary

If You Really Believe Jesus is Returning Soon…

All those doomsday preachers never have the guts to stand by their claims...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Everything… in 8 Minutes

The video is a lot more detailed than I thought it would be and surprisingly understandable. But what else would you expect from Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Rick Santorum Complains About How Schools Don’t Offer Books with Straight Married Couples Anymore

Less than a week after Texas county officials said they would keep two books featuring gay and lesbian parents in the local library, GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum told reporters he's tired of the straight-couple blackout in public schools:

What Pluto Looked Like (To Us) Throughout the Years

This is so cool. It's the best image we have of Pluto over time -- from Clyde Tombaugh’s original picture in 1930 to New Horizons' shots over the past decade:

Contradicting His Colleague, Muslim Theologian Says Blowjobs Are Not Forbidden in the Faith

Remember when Muslim theologian Ali Riza Demircan told a talk show host which kinds of sex acts were forbidden ("haram") in the faith? There was anal sex and sodomy... and "oral sex in advanced dimensions," whatever that meant.

Mount Soledad Cross Transferred to Private Land, Ending a Battle That Began Over 25 Years Ago

Yes, we are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross.Here's a quick recap in case you're unfamiliar with the story: The controversy, which began more than 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego -- a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. Show More Summary

How a Former Chaplain Ditched Her Faith and Helped Others Get Away from God

A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain... but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start...Show More Summary

Secular Invocation in DeLand, Florida Includes Charlie Chaplin Line: “In This World There is Room for Everyone”

Last night, during a meeting of the DeLand City Commission in Florida, Jake Lee Smith delivered that city's first-ever secular invocation:

Growing Up Atheist in the U.S.

I came of age during the Reagan era. The Cold War did not seem all that cold in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many buildings were equipped with fallout shelters, and nuclear war seemed almost inevitable. I remember doing the duck-and-cover...Show More Summary

New United Arab Emirates Anti-Discrimination Law Will Punish Vocal Atheists Who Criticize Religion

You'll be happy to know that President Sheikh Khalifa of Abu Dhabi just enacted a new law making it a crime to discriminate on the basis of "religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin." Just one problem with that. They're not kidding about protecting people on the basis of religion:

Black Skeptics LA Announce Winners of “First in the Family” College Scholarships

I mentioned back in April that the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles was giving out "First in the Family" scholarships, aimed at helping students who were the first in their family to go to college. This year, the Freedom From Religion...Show More Summary

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