Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) Speaks at the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Event

At the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day, Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) was one of the featured speakers and video of his talk is now online:

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No, the First Scientific Proof of God Was Not Found

This article’s been making the rounds online over the past week, especially on Facebook, where your religious relatives have undoubtedly sent you a link:

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Judge Rules Against Public High School Teacher Who Was Promoting Christianity in the Classroom

In early 2013, we learned that Joelle Silver (below), a science teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in New York who also doubled as the faculty sponsor for the school’s Bible Study Club, had no idea where to draw the line between being a public school teacher and being a representative of her church.

Prompted by a student’s complaint to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, here’s a portion of a letter Silver received from her superintendent:

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Gallup Poll: 30% of Americans Say Religion is “Old Fashioned and Out of Date”

A just-released Gallup survey asked respondents, “Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?” 30% of Americans, to my delight, went with “old fashioned and out of date.”

It’s not the highest percentage on record, but it’s not an insignificant number either:

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New Zealand Church Told to Stop Saying Prayers Have Healing Powers Because It’s Not Factual

Earlier this year, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in New Zealand ran an advertisement promoting their Healing services:

When doctors and medicines are not enough.

For people who suffer with constant pain, deteriorating health, can’t work due to illness, incurable disease, doctors don’t know what’s wrong, dependent on pills, recovering from injury, weight problems, sick children.

The implication is clear: Prayer will help cure your “incurable” diseases! Just come to our healing sessions!

Mark Hanna, co-founder of the Society for Science Based Healthcare, saw that ad and knew full well that prayers didn’t solve any of those problems. More importantly, for the church to suggest otherwise appeared to him to be a case of false advertising. So he filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority, a self-regulated agency that is pretty effective at getting companies to remove or change their ads.

Yesterday, in a stunning display of common sense, the ASA said Hanna was absolutely right:

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