Pope Francis Compares Sexual Abuse of Children to a Harmless Satirical Ritual

A couple of weeks ago, there was a controversy at Harvard University when the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club (with the help of the Satanic Temple of New York) planned to put on a “Black Mass,” a ritual that inverts the Catholic Mass (for example, by desecrating a communion wafer).

Despite the fact that no consecrated wafer was going to be used in the ceremony, Catholics were furious that the campus was allowing this ritual to take place (even in an academic context). A Crimson op-ed dubbed it “Hatred at Harvard” and President Drew Faust attended a Catholic counter-Mass in response (while half-heartedly talking about the right to free speech).

No matter how you perceived the Black Mass, the truth was that no Catholics were harmed in the making of this ritual. Everyone that was done was purely symbolic. The only damage may have been to some peoples’ sensibilities.

Which makes you wonder what the hell Pope Francis was thinking when he compared a Black Mass to child molesters within the Church:

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After Telling Off Atheist Concerned About a Possible Church/State Violation, La Vista Mayor Issues a Non-Apology

Yesterday, I posted about how La Vista (Nebraska) Mayor Douglas Kindig (below) allegedly told an atheist to “take me to fucking court because I don’t care” and “Minorities are not going to run my city” after the atheist expressed concerns about possible church/state violations at a “Faith & Freedom Day” hosted by the city.

Late last night, the Mayor’s office issued a statement to a local news station. Far from an apology, the Mayor doesn’t even admit saying those words (though it is implied):

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Another Compilation of Christopher Hitchens’ Best Comebacks

This is part two in the series. Part one can be seen here.

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Concert Event Featuring Atheist Rappers

Atheist rappers Greydon Square and Tombstone da Deadman, along with their partners at Grand Unified, are planning an East Coast concert this summer and they’d trying to fundraise the amount they need to make it successful:

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Help Us Out and Tell Us What You Do!

We’ve posted this in the past. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do it again. Thanks!

Every now and then, the writers on this site will be working on a post about, say, the difference between the geology of the Grand Canyon versus city streets… and we realize it would be great if we could talk to atheists who actually study that subject! Maybe we want to quote you in the post. Or (more likely) we just need to ask you a question about geology in general.

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