Activist in Court After Putting Church/State Separation Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

There’s a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that lists the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believes the presence of that sign is unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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Epic Rap Battle: Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters

Now, there’s a Rap Battle: Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters!

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The Spirit Moves Me…

Life pro tip: When your church shares space in a strip mall with a liquor store, you should really make sure the sign out front isn’t blog fodder for me.

This was seen in Carrollton, Texas:

I guess they can both claim to use the “True Spirits” part of the sign…

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Mormon Leaders Admit Joseph Smith Had Between 30 and 40 Wives

Last year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints admitted on its official website that the reason it barred black people from becoming priests until 1973 was straight-up racism. They added that “Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.” It was one of those things critics always held against them, but church leaders never wanted to acknowledge. American Atheists even used that information in a 2012 mobile billboard:

And now the Mormon Church has admitted something else critics have long suspected even though church leaders never said it out loud: Joseph Smith, the founder/prophet of Mormonism, had between 30 to 40 wives. While church leader Brigham Young was known to be polygamous, that wasn’t necessarily the case for Joseph Smith.

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In Snub to Jihadists, Kurdish-Led Province Issues Women’s Rights Decree

In a courageous and welcome rebuke to ISIS, Kurdish officials in a region of Syria have issued a 30-point decree that elaborates on the rights of women — a slap in the face to the Muslim extremists who want nothing of the sort:

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