Juan Mendez, Atheist State Representative from Arizona, Has Won Re-Election

Arizona State Representative Juan Mendez (below) has won his re-election battle, giving him a second term in office.

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Republican Allan Fung Loses Race for Rhode Island Governor

In The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide, in a chapter about Jessica Ahlquist, I wrote about an incident where Cranston (Rhode Island) Mayor Allan Fung (below) visited Jessica’s high school a month after the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit on her behalf (over a religious mural in the school auditorium):

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James Woods, Atheist Congressional Candidate, Has Conceded His Race

James Woods, the progressive, legally blind, condom-sending, proud atheist running for U.S. House from the 5th Congressional District of Arizona, has conceded the race.

Republican Matt Salmon will retain his seat. Salmon opposes federal funding of abortions, gay marriage, and gay adoption (despite his own son being gay). He also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Woods was the only openly atheist candidate in this year’s Congressional elections.

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Susanne Atanus, Republican Who Said Autism Was Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage, Loses Race for Congress

Susanne Atanus (below), the Republican who told a local newspaper that God put autism and dementia on Earth as punishment for marriage equality and abortion, just lost her bid for Congress. Incumbent Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky will retain her seat.

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Watch Grown Christian Men Treated Like Children As They Sing “I’m in the Lord’s Army”

I’ve often heard the critique of religion that it makes adults resort to child-like thinking… but I’ve also been to churches where adults are treated like children. The pastor tells adults to fill in the blanks in their programs with certain words, there’s a lot of call and answer like you’d see in a first-grade classroom, the congregation is asked things like “Are we a generous church?

It’s just a weird form of infantilizing people.

And it doesn’t get any stranger than this:

These are college students at West Coast Baptist College. The dean of students is leading them in singing a popular fundy children’s song. With motions.

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