Attorney Charging Teen with Desecration of Jesus Statue Had Affair in His Office and Posted Porn Audio on Twitter

I posted last week about a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord.

He’s currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration, a charge that is wildly out of proportion for what he did. As I said before, I don’t condone his actions, but bad taste and immaturity aren’t crimes.

The story gets even crazier when you consider two facts:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 17: Pam Mueller, Jeopardy Champion

Our latest podcast guest is Pam Mueller, Jeopardy! champion:

Pam may be best known as a frequent contestant on Jeopardy! where she has won more than $180,000 during her many, many episodes, including her run to become champion of the 2000 College Tournament and her recent appearances on the “Battle of the Decades” Tournament. She also worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, graduated from Harvard Law School, and is now a grad student in Psychology at Princeton University.

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Vote for Your Favorite Godless Invocation Since Greece v. Galloway

Right after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers (both religious and non-religious) at government meetings in Greece v. Galloway, the Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to hold a contest for best secular invocation: The individual judged to give the “best” secular invocation will be invited to open FFRF’s annual convention with the [Read More…]

An Atheist-Turned-Christian Believes He Can Get You To Reconsider God’s Existence

We know that demographic trends show a rising percentage of Nones in America. People are dropping their religious labels faster than ever before, and that’s a cause for concern for many church leaders and churchgoers.

Shane Hayes is an Christian who believes he can reach out to atheists in a way that’s far more effective than the usual breed of apologists — Good luck with that — in part because he used to be an atheist, too.

His new book, out this week, is called The End of Unbelief: A new approach to the question of God (Leafwood Publishers, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Hayes makes what he calls an Agnostic argument for faith:

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The Grand Haven Hydraulic Cross Needs to Come Down

On top of Dewey Hill, in Grand Haven, Michigan, there’s a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year:

The cross came into being in the early 1960s as a gift to the city (and it quickly became the centerpiece for a giant nativity scene). The city pays for the cross’ upkeep now by adding its maintenance costs to the contracts of any group that rents nearby Waterfront Stadium.

In other words, if you want to rent the public facility, you’re paying for the preservation of a Christian cross.

City officials maintain that it’s not just a Christian symbol. For example, during the annual Coast Guard Festival, they “dress up” the cross like an anchor.

Seriously.

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