Yesterday, Donald Trump announced his badly misnamed "Religious Advisory Board" to provide advice on how to make America great again... at least for the evangelical Christians who don't give a damn about anyone but themselves. Check out this list and tell me when the vomit stops:
The religious right's argument against euthanasia completely erases people's ability to make their own decisions.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims is one of the handful of openly non-religious legislators in the country, and he gave an incredible speech on the House floor yesterday opposing a draconian piece of legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks unless it was absolutely medically necessary. (Because Jesus.)You have to watch this:
Both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been criticized for the level of denial present in some of their public statements about Islam following the mass murder in Orlando. This criticism is nothing specific to Orlando, and it is nothing new; it has been part of a pattern for some time. Show More Summary
In an interview with the BBC's Naga Munchetty for Sunday Morning Live, Richard Dawkins made a rare appearance. His voice is hoarse, but he's still as critical of religion as ever.
Walid Shoebat, the former Muslim turned Christian activist, claims that the Zika virus is "God’s punishment for sin."Because the threat of Hell isn't enough...?
When asked whether atheists pray to God (just in case), Joe McCracken responded by telling one of the most incredible stories you'll ever hear. It's about the worst moment of his life, and how he knew praying to God wasn't going to help him at all.
For years now, Katherine Ozment has been exploring how the ever-growing segment of non-religious parents raise their children. They're not all atheists, but they have to grapple with the Big Questions about life and death and belonging, all without supernatural faith. Show More Summary
By Stephen Z (S&W 22/32 Kit Gun Pre 34), via Wikimedia Commons It is often said that one can identify an effective compromise because both sides are inevitably unhappy with it. There's probably some truth to this notion. After all, nobody gets everything they want in a real compromise. Show More Summary
A lengthy legal battle between the American Humanist Association and a South Carolina school district just got prolonged a little more... but it's wonderful news for advocates for church/state separation.
CNN's Carol Costello recently visited Creationist Ken Ham's soon-to-open Noah's Ark theme park in Kentucky. While she marvels at the "mind-blowing" size and scope of Ark Encounter, she makes very clear that she's bothered by the fact that the $100 million project is partially funded by taxpayers, despite being a religious ministry. Show More Summary
During his closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders today, Donald Trump once again showed that he views religion as nothing more than a tool to get ahead. You may agree with that assessment, but you would think the Christian leaders he met with would want a candidate who takes their faith more seriously. Show More Summary
Earlier this month, I posted about how Cool Springs Family Medicine in Franklin, Tennessee announced that doctors there would no longer administer vaccines to patients because "they can cause Autism."Now they're trying to make sure everyone forgets that ever happened.
In a really classy move by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, Rev. Christopher Rodkey put up this sign outside the church: "Wishing a Blessed Ramadan to Our Muslim Neighbors." It was just a nice thing toShow More Summary
A church in Gwinnett County, Georgia had a sign outside its building vandalized yesterday, but the more controversial part of the story may be what it said in the first place:
In anticipation of Donald Trump's meeting today with hundreds of conservative Christians, Christian hate-group leader Tony Perkins appeared on Fox Business Network to talk about his goals for the gathering.Along the way, he claimed that the Obama administration "has declared war on the Christian religion." Which is news to those of us who live in reality.
After Pastor Roger Jimenez said in a sermon that he was sad the Orlando nightclub shooter didn't "finish the job" and that the real tragedy was that "more of them didn’t die," the company that leases him the space for his church put out a statement saying that if Jimenez wants to break his contract early, they'll waive any penalty.
Over the weekend, a law that would have eliminated the statute of limitations on child abuse cases failed in the New York legislature.Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is thrilled by its defeat. He says in a press release that this law intended to protect children was really "a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church."
Donald Trump, who has described himself as a friend of the LGBT community, is meeting today with dozens of evangelical leaders, many of whom are best known for fighting LGBT equality. So which side is Trump on?
Last night, Samantha Bee explained the racist ties to the modern Republican Party, and why so many GOP officials are trying to avoid the topic no matter what it takes: