Happy Sixth Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!

Today is the sixth annual Everybody Draw Muhammad Day — a celebration of free speech in which artists refuse to let religious extremists dictate what they can and cannot draw. After everything that’s happened this year with Charlie Hebdo, the event may be needed more than ever. (Preferably without Pamela Geller around.)

For a couple of years, I hosted your pictures on this site (sorry for the now-messed-up formatting). It’s a lot of work and I just didn’t get around to it this time around, but I thought there was a more interesting conversation about the event taking place elsewhere on Patheos.

A group of bloggers — including atheists, Muslims, and ex-Muslims — discuss the issue of how to talk to your kids about this topic. It’s fascinating to read.

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The Guardian Shines a Light on Muslims Who Become Atheists

The Guardian‘s Andrew Anthony offers some insight into Britain’s ex-Muslims, many of whom have left faith altogether. They can’t always admit that, though, because the repercussions may be fatal:

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This Catholic Church Hired Actors to Teach Priests How to Be Better Public Speakers

Catholic masses are so famously boring, they’re often the butt of jokes. Now, a church in Detroit is trying to fix that by hiring a couple of professional actors to teach priests how to be more interesting during sermons:

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After Lesbians Buy Engagement Rings from Jewelry Store, Co-Owner Puts Up Sign Opposing Marriage Equality

Nicole White and Pam Renouf recently purchased engagement rings at Today’s Jewellers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. They had no issues, gave their size specifications, made a down payment, and expected to pick up the rings very soon.

They even made a recommendation to a friend of theirs. When he went in to get a ring for his girlfriend, he noticed this sign in the store:

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Kentucky Woman, Who Says She’s Not a Bigot, Walks Out on Muslim Speaker During Baccalaureate Service

On Sunday night, a baccalaureate service was held for students at Danville High School in Kentucky.

For those unfamiliar with the ritual, these events are a religious alternative (or addition) to secular graduation ceremonies. They’re completely optional for students and as long as the administrators/teachers aren’t involved in the planning or promotion of it, there should be no legal problems.

Indeed, this event seemed to go over just fine with everybody involved.

Except for a couple of parents who were offended that a Muslim student was allowed to speak at the event…

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