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California Removes ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife’ from Marriage Law

‘This alteration in the state law is the next step to easing gay unions into cultural acceptance.’

Commentary — South Dakota: Politics As Usual

‘For most of us who hold to these conservative values, we do so because we have a worldview shaped by the Bible.’

It’s Basic Christianity, People!

I guess conservative Christians really are following the Bible... Cartoonist Matt Bors has plenty more of what Jesus said at Medium.

This Atheist Provides a Constant Rebuttal to Local Street Preachers

Ben McCanna, writing for The Forecaster, has a wonderful article about an atheist in Portland, Maine who offers a daily counterpoint to local street preachers: Point, counter-point: Free speech thrives in Portland's Congress Square Park | The Forecaster — The Forecaster (@The_Forecaster) July 8, 2014

How much pleasure you take in acquiring possessions but to find happiness you must give them all up – Ashtavakra Gita

Give up the idea that you are separate, a person, that there is within and without. If... [Visit original source to read the entire content and more such articles.]

Review: Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment by Akeel Bilgrami

Anand Venkatkrishnan reviews Philosopher Akeel Bilgrami's new collection of essays: Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment.

The Patient Body: Reading HuffPo’s “Hospice, Inc.”

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.

Religion and Press Freedom in the Digital Age – Part Two: Al Jazeera on Trial

The second in a series of posts on issues at the intersection of press freedom, religion, digital media and politics by Natasja Sheriff .

The Last Twentieth-Century Book Club: Salem Kirban, Part 2

"The Last Twentieth Century Book Club" is an ongoing monthly column exploring religious ephemera by Don Jolly.

The Anchor Boys

Maurice Chammah investigates the history and present of a Christian home for boys.

Brazilian evangelists hit up World Cup

The evangelicals who make up nearly one-quarter of the country’s population bring faith to the frenzy. Brazil may have lost its bid to win the World Cup, but it has a few days left to win the souls of soccer fans, and local Christians...Show More Summary

New Crime Drama Show Will Feature Episode About Murdered Founder of American Atheists

Investigation Discovery is the crime-porn channel that's home to shows like Ice Cold Killers (about crimes in Alaska), Wives with Knives (about women who kill their partners), Blood Relatives (about people who kill relatives), and Southern...Show More Summary

Pastor Impregnates 20 Members of His Congregation and Claims the Holy Spirit Told Him to Do it

A self-styled 53-year-old pastor from Nigeria who impregnated more than 20 members of his congregation, including several married women and young girls, claiming that the Holy Spirit told him to have sex with them has been arrested for sexual abuse.

'At Bedtime, His Ritual Began' — Jerry Sandusky's Adopted Son Matthew Sandusky Breaks Silence on Years' Long Sexual Abuse

Matthew Sandusky will reveal to the public for the very first time how his adoptive father, Penn State University coach and convicted felon Jerry Sandusky, sexually abused him throughout his childhood in what could be one of the most explosive and emotionally-charged interviews aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Barclays joins the bet on women-led firms

Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In movement could be more than a manifesto. It may have helped to create an actual market for investing in companies that put more women at the top. On Thursday, Barclays will begin offering its Women in Leadership exchange-traded note, an investment that tracks an index of 85 U.S. companies that are led by women. To be considered for […]

In Portland, Full-Page Newspaper Ad Challenges “Religious Extremists” Coming to “Recruit Our Public School Children”

If you turn the pages in the latest edition of the Portland (Oregon) alt-weekly Willamette Week, you'll come across this full page ad:

Christian Bigot Whines About How Independence Day Parades Included LGBT Groups and Their Supporters

The Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins, whose mind immediately turns to genitalia when the topic of homosexuality comes up, is furious that local Fourth of July parade organizers allowed LGBT supporters to walk in them:

Pastor, Church Members Plead Guilty to Torturing Boy, Forcing Him to Dig His Own Grave Because He Raped 7-Y-O Sister

A pastor and two members of his small Corona, California, church pleaded guilty Monday to torturing and threatening the life of a 13-year-old boy whose mother had asked them to teach her son how to be a man after he sexually assaulted his 7-year-old sister.

Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Over Religious Exemption

A group of organizations committed to LGBT rights have announced their pulling of support from the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act over its religious exemption.

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