Canadian Postal Worker Complains About Delivering Mail That Goes Against His Deeply-Held Religious Beliefs

I’ve heard stories about Christian pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth control because they have personal religious hang-ups about it, but this is the first time I’ve heard of postal workers refusing to deliver the mail because they didn’t like the contents:



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A Third of Millennials Have No Religious Affiliation… and Other Highlights from PRRI’s Latest Survey

A new study on Millennials and their attitudes toward issues related to sexuality and reproductive health was just released by the Public Religion Research Institute.

What does it say about the “Nones,” those of us who want no part of organized religion?

1) We represent the largest subgroup of Millennials; a third of adults 18-34 have no religious affiliation.

PRRI says “Unaffiliated” is “the single most common religious identity among this generation.” There may be more Christians overall, but only when you lump together very different denominations.

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Stiefel Freethought Foundation Pledges up to $5,000 to We Are Atheism to Help Them Get Back On Track

If you need to catch up on the “We Are Atheism” story, I suggest reading these two posts. Religion News Service also reported on the story.

Todd Stiefel was one of the key people I worked with in preparing my post and I’m thrilled to see this good-faith offer that he made through the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

In short, he’s proposing a $5,000 donation to We Are Atheism if they agree to correct some glaring problems. I’ve highlighted the major stipulations:

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Atheist Activist Taslima Nasrin Gets Criticized for Rejecting “Muslim” Label

Taslima Nasrin is one of those atheists who holds little back in her public criticism of religion, especially Islam. The Bangladeshi author has been threatened multiple times but she has continued to speak out in defense of women and freethought.

In an interview with The Hindu this week, she had this exchange with the reporter:

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FFRF Fires Another Lawsuit Against Indiana County That Wants to Display a Nativity Scene on Courthouse Grounds

Back in December, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

The display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

The defenders of the display kept clinging to the same old arguments as usual: It’s tradition. Just look away. Why do you hate Christmas?!

None of them wanted to address the legal issues.

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