No One Cares About This Mix of Faith and Football

Heather Dinich, an ACC reporter for ESPN.com, opens a story about college football players on a mission trip with a rather strange comparison:



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A Reverend Speaks Up in Defense of Alleged Atheist Caught in the Middle of South Carolina Political Battle

In response to the fracas‎ between South Carolina’s Governor and a state senator over the alleged atheism of a political appointee, there was a wonderful editorial in The State about whether that should even be an issue:



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Want to Avoid Overdraft Fees at This Major Bank? Just Be Muslim and They’ll Waive the Penalty

Lloyds Bank, a major chain in England and Wales, makes you pay a hefty fine if you draft more money than you have in your account.

But there are two ways to avoid paying the overdraft fee:

1) Don’t go into the red.

2) Be Muslim.

According to a new terms and conditions booklet sent out by the bank to customers, “Islamic Account” holders will have all overdraft fees waived so they don’t violate Sharia Law, which forbids the “acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans of money.”



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Nicholas Kristof Slams Atheists’ Religious Literacy in New York Times Column

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof writes about religious illiteracy in our country and makes this surprising statement:

Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in surveys, religious Americans turn out to be scarcely more knowledgeable.

He doesn’t cite any surveys, but I can, and the results are precisely the opposite. Despite overall low scores, Secular Americans know more about religion than any religious group.

A 2010 Pew Forum U.S. Religious Knowledge survey asked Americans 32 questions about the beliefs of various faiths and Atheists/Agnostics scored higher than any other group:

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An Openly Atheist Candidate is Running for Congress in Arizona

In 2012, Republican Matt Salmon was comfortably elected to the House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District in Arizona, representing the western suburbs of Phoenix. (He had previously served as the Representative from the 1st district from 1995-2001.)

Salmon opposes federal funding of abortions, gay marriage, and gay adoption (despite his own son being gay). He also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

In short, he needs to go.

And James Woods wants to be the person replacing him.

Woods is a legally blind, very progressive, openly atheist candidate and, unlike some other Arizona politicians we won’t name, he’s not afraid of admitting it:

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