New Mother Chooses Death Over Life-Saving Blood Transfusion; Fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses Praise Her Faith

We know that Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden from receiving blood transfusions, even if it’s necessary to save their lives. While I think that’s ridiculous, I generally don’t care if people refuse those transfusions, focusing my rage instead on people who allow their children to die because of their religious beliefs.

But this story makes me reconsider all that.

A JW mother named Michelle recently gave birth to a girl, Emma Marie, but she lost a lot of blood in the process. Normally, blood transfusions prevent this from being a life-threatening issue, but Michelle refused… and her life ended soon afterwards.

An Instagram post featured video from her baby shower and the story in the comments section:



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This is the American Atheists Commercial CNN Refused to Air

I posted earlier today about how American Atheists would be airing its first-ever national TV commercial before and after tonight’s CNN special: “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers.”

Turns out that’s not the original version of the commercial.

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Ken Ham Whines About Proposed Statue Honoring Pro-Science Lawyer, Unaware of Actual Statue Honoring Creationist

Last week, I posted about the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee, home of the legendary Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, where there stands a statue of lawyer William Jennings Bryan. (He was on the Creationist side.)

Recently, there’s been a push for the courthouse to put up a statue of the other attorney in the trial, Clarence Darrow. It would be a privately-funded statue, with the American Humanist Association managing all the money involved.

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Duck Dynasty Daddy Muses About Atheist Family Getting Raped, Shot, Beheaded, & Castrated to Show How God is Good

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson (below) wanted to tell his audience at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast on Friday that atheists don’t have any moral authority because, apparently, you need God to be good. It your typical Christian apologist bullshit… but the example he used to illustrate his point is just appalling:



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Why Does Wichita State University’s Basketball Team Employ a Chaplain?

It’s commonplace for professional sports teams to have chaplains. They’re private leagues; it’s not a constitutional violation. But the NCAA is a very different story. Many of the schools in this year’s men’s basketball tournament are public universities and, therefore, have no business having someone on the team whose job it is to promote Christianity.

But that’s what’s happening with Wichita State, the school that beat the higher-ranked Kansas Jayhawks over the weekend to get to the Sweet 16:

According to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the school’s President Dr. John W. Bardo, attorney Andrew Seidel and Legal Fellow Katherine Paige (a Wichita State alum herself) want to find out how much taxpayer money is being used to fund the promotion of Christianity on the team:

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