A Conservative Christian Group is Now Begging the IRS to Come After Politicking Churches So They Can Fight Back

Last month, in the face of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS agreed that it would enforce its own rules and go after pastors who endorsed political candidates from the pulpit. This had become a trend in recent years, especially with “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” but the IRS never went after those churches.



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Canadian Order of Catholic Priests Will Have to Pay $20,000,000 to Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Redemptorists are Catholic priests who are part of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. In Canada, they reside in Quebec, associated with the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine (below):

And yesterday, after losing a long-standing class action lawsuit for child abuse last month, they agreed to pay a monster fine of $20,000,000:

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Atheist Delivering Invocation Praises Glendale (Arizona) City Council for Creating Change “Without Supernaturalism”

Atheist Brooke Mulder delivered an invocation at yesterday’s meeting of the Glendale City Council in Arizona:



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Indonesian Supreme Court Upholds Alexander Aan’s Jail Sentence on Charges of Blasphemy

Alexander Aan, you may recall, is the Indonesian atheist who spent 19 months in jail for promoting atheism online (his original sentence was 30 months). He was hit with a blasphemy charge and put away so he could do no further “damage.”

Even though he’s out of prison now, the Jakarta Post reports that, yesterday, the Indonesian Supreme Court deemed his sentence appropriate:

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South Carolina Board of Education Will Meet Today to Vote on Anti-Evolution Science Standards

We know South Carolina has a serious education problem.

This is the state where one candidate for Superintendent of Education didn’t know what the science standards were while another openly promoted Intelligent Design. It’s the place where a bill to make the Wooly Mammoth the official state fossil was laden with Bible verses.

In June, there was an attempt to revise the science education standards to weaken the concept of evolution:

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