Atheist Minister Facing “Review” by United Church of Canada Leaders Sees Ray of Hope

A few days ago, I mentioned that Gretta Vosper, a reverend for the United Church of Canada who doesn’t believe in God, was in danger of being stripped of her position even though her congregation was 100% on her side. (Her stance isn’t as hypocritical as you may think. The UCC is a very liberal congregation that has long ordained women and LGBT individuals. You could argue that an atheist who supports the community and philosophies of the church is not at all out of line.)

Still, a subcommittee within the church’s leadership called on Vosper to be reviewed with her position hanging in the balance.

While her review is still pending in Toronto, the nearby Hamilton Conference passed a motion over the weekend that, if approved by the General Council at large, would provide protection for other atheist leaders in the church. Not only could open atheists be ordained, it could (according to Vosper) potentially get the UCC removed from the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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Catholic Priest: Caitlyn Jenner is Just a “Man Dressed Up as a Whore”

I love writing for Patheos, but one of the downsides to the platform is that we share a network with certain religious writers who spew their own brand of bigotry.

On the other hand, there’s also nothing stopping me from calling them out on their bullshit…

Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a hateful reaction to the new Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner:

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What Religious Cults Seem to Have in Common

Jeff C. Stevenson first heard of the “All Saved Freak Band” in the 1970s. He listened to their music, thought it was unique, and continued to acquire their albums over the years. It was only later that he realized the band was really just an outreach tool for Rev. Larry Hill’s Church of the Risen Christ, a group with a mysterious and seemingly-shady history.

When he finally got in touch with one of the band members to hear the backstory, he also gained access to several other members of the church. It turns out the group was a cult, replete with brainwashing and abuse (“emotional, physical, sexual and mental”). Three members ultimately died and another was permanently disfigured as a result of following Hill.

Now, after speaking with 17 survivors, Stevenson is finally sharing their stories in Fortney Road: The True Story of Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult (Freethought House, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Stevenson talks about the similarities many cults have with one-another and where Larry Hill fits in:

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Mike Huckabee: If They Let Me, I Would’ve Said I’m Transgender to Shower with Girls in High School

Back in February, Mike Huckabee gave the closing speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. But his comments didn’t go online until this weekend (thanks, WND… I think).

Now, the man who defended Josh Duggar for molesting five little girls when he was younger is making headlines for his statements about transgender people.

According to Huckabee, allowing transgender people to use the restroom that’s appropriate for them means putting little children in harm’s way. (Watch at the 18:04 mark.)

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Indiana Family Sues School District Over Prayers at Athletic Events, School Board Meetings, and Graduation

How many church/state separation violations can one school district be guilty of? The River Forest Community School Corporation in Indiana must be trying to break a record.

J.B. is a student completing his sophomore year there and he and his parents have noticed several problems with the way the District handles religion.

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