Already, Texas is Considering a Bill to Allow Ten Commandments Displays in Public School Classrooms

Yesterday, we got a look at what Texas’ new legislature plans to pursue as elected officials filed bills early for the upcoming session. And to no one’s surprise, there’s already a bill to put a copy of the Ten Commandments in every classroom.

It was sponsored by State Rep. Dan Flynn:

House Bill 138 would go into effect next school year if passed:

The board of trustees of an independent school district may not prohibit the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments in a prominent location in a district classroom.

Because for some reason, it’s vital that teenagers know they can’t worship any God but the Christian God, take the Christian God’s name in vain, do work on the Sabbath, or fuck people they’re not married to.

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Activist in Court After Putting Church/State Separation Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

There’s a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that lists the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believes the presence of that sign is unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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Epic Rap Battle: Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters

Now, there’s a Rap Battle: Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters!

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The Spirit Moves Me…

Life pro tip: When your church shares space in a strip mall with a liquor store, you should really make sure the sign out front isn’t blog fodder for me.

This was seen in Carrollton, Texas:

I guess they can both claim to use the “True Spirits” part of the sign…

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Mormon Leaders Admit Joseph Smith Had Between 30 and 40 Wives

Last year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints admitted on its official website that the reason it barred black people from becoming priests until 1973 was straight-up racism. They added that “Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.” It was one of those things critics always held against them, but church leaders never wanted to acknowledge. American Atheists even used that information in a 2012 mobile billboard:

And now the Mormon Church has admitted something else critics have long suspected even though church leaders never said it out loud: Joseph Smith, the founder/prophet of Mormonism, had between 30 to 40 wives. While church leader Brigham Young was known to be polygamous, that wasn’t necessarily the case for Joseph Smith.

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