Is Congressman Jared Huffman an Agnostic? “Perhaps,” He Told Stephen Colbert

In 2012, after the last election, we knew there were no longer any openly non-theistic members of Congress with the loss of Rep. Pete Stark. We also knew that there were 10 members of Congress (all Democrats) whose religious affiliations were “Unspecified.”

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) was one of them.

Last night, Huffman appeared on The Colbert Report (for the “Better Know a District” segment) and Stephen Colbert grilled him on the ambiguity of that label. He may have even gotten the Congressman to admit he’s not religious



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Pharrell Williams: “It’s So Incredibly Arrogant and Pompous” Not to Believe in a Higher Power

Pharrell Williams, the singer/songwriter behind “Blurred Lines” and “Happy,” recently spoke to Stylist (a free weekly magazine in the UK) about his religious views, telling the interviewer not just that he believes in God, but that there’s something wrong with anyone who doesn’t believe in a higher power:



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The Black Mass in Oklahoma Featured 42 Attendees and *Hundreds* of Catholic Protesters

Over the weekend, there was a controversial Black Mass ceremony in Oklahoma. Even the Governor spoke out against it. More recently, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniels and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Satanic church because they supposedly stole consecrated communion wafers from the Church for their event, though Daniels returned the wafers to Coakley while saying they were sent to him legally by a priest in Turkey.

So how did the event go?

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Alabama Superintendent Sends Godly Messages to Faculty Members Every Week

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a school district in Alabama violated the First Amendment by promoting Christianity. But your eyebrow might go up a bit when you hear just how much Superintendent Randy Wilkes (below) played a role in the process.

Wilkes was just hired over the summer to run the Phenix City Public Schools. (That’s not a typo. It’s just Alabama.)

Every week, he sends an inspirational email to all faculty members. Not only are they extremely incoherent, they all include biblical/godly references. (Which is especially ironic since the high school’s mascot is the Red Devil.)

Check out this recent email:

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An Atheist Will Deliver the Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama (!) Later This Week

Back in June, we learned that the City Council in Huntsville, Alabama had invited Blake Kirk to deliver an upcoming invocation, only to rescind that offer after learning that he was a Wiccan. They cited “community fears” as the reason for his rejection.

Some readers wrote emails to council members in response, and the general consensus among those members was that they had no idea why this happened. The selection of invocation speakers, they said, was done by Rev. Frank Broyles, a local interfaith leader who coordinated the invocation calendar.

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