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Another Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Gets Sent Up the River: the Reverend Luis Serna Stole $7 Million From Hispanic Poor

Fleecing the faithful was all in a day’s work for the latest in a long line of devout swindlers. The pastor at San Fernando-based Zion Living World Christian Center, formerly known as Amistad Cristiana, admitted to running a Ponzi scheme that involved soliciting loans and saying the money would be invested in foreign currency. Instead, [Read More...]

A Final Note on the Continuing Journalistic Hucksterism of Charisma News‘ Michael Brown

A reader politely asked me this morning why, in yesterday's fisking of Michael Brown's dishonest post over at Charisma News, I hadn't addressed Brown's strenuous defense of homophobic evangelists Scott Lively and Lou Engle.The answer...Show More Summary

In Sharia-Happy Malaysia, Not Being a Muslim Might Cost You Your Kids

A marital spat over religion cost one Malaysian Hindu woman her baby. Her husband insisted his spouse become a Muslim; when she refused, he grabbed their 11-month-old daughter and disappeared. That was more than five years ago. Though...Show More Summary

Christian Conference Organizers Asked Me to Share My Views on Gay Marriage… So This is What I Sent Them

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from the organizers of the NINES, an online-only conference for evangelical Christians. (People would presumably purchase the live-stream and watch it with their small groups or church staffs.) Because...Show More Summary

Atheist Billboards Go Up in Iowa

It's been a while since we've seen these, hasn't it? Welcome back, billboards!The newly-formed Central Iowa Coalition of Reason and Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason have put up billboards announcing their presence:

Turkish Military Sheds (Some) Secular Principles: Game of Thrones Is Out, Studying the Qur’an Is In

Remember how proudly secular Turkey was since the days of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk? Unusually for a country where 98 out of a 100 citizens still self-identify as Muslims, Turkey became a secular, democratic republic close to a century ago. Show More Summary

Christian Right Group Reminds You Which Stores Make Baby Jesus Cry

The American Family Association, which only seems to care about your family if you're Christian, has released its annual "Naughty or Nice" list of places that don't deserve your business because they RUIN EVERYTHING by not acknowledging the birth of Jesus. And sometimes, they say awful things like "Happy Holidays."

Parents Who Allowed Their Daughter to Die of a Treatable Disease Convicted of Manslaughter

There's another case of Christians killing their child because, rather than visit a doctor, they put their trust in God. (And it happened in Oregon, where these kinds of faith-based homicide cases are all too familiar.)

Double Rapist Quotes Bible in Court, Says “God Intended It For Good”; Somehow, Judge Gives Him 37 Years Anyway

Christian persecution, I tells ya.A Del Mar [California] man convicted of raping two women he met on the online dating sites and was sentenced Friday to 37 years to life in prison. In his final statement...Show More Summary

Ridiculing the Ridiculous

Mark Super VII Quantum E-meter (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I often marvel at how upset some religious believers become when a non-believer or a person with a different set of religious beliefs accurately communicates what the religious individuals believe (e.g., Scientologists and Xenu, Mormons and Jesus' visit to America). Show More Summary

Season of the Tempter

On a dreaming night not long ago, I was walking by myself along a lonely road, in search of reflection and solitude. The nearest homes were only a far-off and fuzzy glow, a fleeting scent of woodsmoke through the bare and tangled arms of dark trees. It was a chilly, blustery night, and the snap [Read More...]

If This Guy Raises $25,000, We Could See an Emoji Bible

Kamran Kastle thinks he knows how to get more young people reading the Bible. Forget adding illustrations, like many children's versions of the book... instead, rewrite the whole thing in emojis. Or half of it, anyway. Sure, he'll have to design about 5,000 emoji, including one of Jesus, but wouldn't you rather read a Bible that looks like this?

A Group of Private Schools in Pakistan Observed “I Am Not Malala” Day Yesterday

Yesterday, in a slap in the face to common decency, leaders of a large group of Islamic private schools in Pakistan celebrated "I am not Malala" day, because they see Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as a black mark on their fait...

Australian Public School Officials Under Fire After Removing Prayer and Hymns from Remembrance Day Service

A school in Australia is getting a taste of what it's like in the U.S. when leaders do the right thing instead of following Christian tradition. At the Carrington Public School, in New South Wales, students will no longer recite the Lord's Prayer and religious hymns on Remembrance Day (today). They'll instead take part in a more secular service:

A Judge Recently Ruled That Secular Humanism is a Religion; Will That Hurt Us in the Long Run?

A couple of weeks ago, a federal judge ruled in American Humanist Association v. United States that "Secular Humanism is a religion for Establishment Clause purposes."The backstory is that prisoner Jason Michael Holden wanted Humanism...Show More Summary

Indiana Mayor Promotes Prayer Breakfast with City Resources

How do you know when community leaders don’t understand the separation of church and state? When they promote a prayer breakfast on the city’s website: The Freedom From Religion Foundation notes some other violations going on in New Albany, Indiana: The city also put an ad for the prayer breakfast on citizens’ municipal utility bills, [Read More...]

Help Me Compile All the Non-Theistic U.S. Politicians Currently in Office

Quick question I could use your help with.Who are all the current politicians in the U.S. who are openly non-theistic?Right now, I can count them on a single hand... but I'm sure I'm missing a bunch. (Okay, I hope I'm missing a bunch.) That includes members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, city council members, etc.

Once Again, No One Is Upset When Carrie Underwood Sings About God

Only a month ago, right wing websites were running with a story about how atheists were up in arms over Carrie Underwood's new single "Something In The Water" because it had religious references in it. The problem with that sentiment was that atheists didn't give a damn. Show More Summary

Bear No False Witness? In His Latest Piece For Charisma News, Recidivist Truth-Twister Michael Brown Begs to Differ

More than 20 years ago, Nat Hentoff penned a book that was an eye-opener for me. It's called Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee -- How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other. My sympathies at the time were with progressive...Show More Summary

Blessed Blasphemy: In a New Comic Book, Mankind’s Savior Is Relentlessly Nagged By His Petty Wife — On the Cross!

So this just came out: Dan O'Shannon's 160-page book with Jesus gags that form perhaps the most blasphemous body of work I've seen in years. Many of O'Shannon's cut-and-paste comics made me literally laugh out loud.Here are some of the sauciest ones:

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