Is This Pastor Being Honest About What He Said at a Secular Event?

In 2013, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, spoke at a conference called Awaken Now.

In a clip that just came to my attention, Rodriguez explained how he was invited to pray at a large secular event in Washington, D.C. with “a couple hundred thousand people” that was sponsored by a famous “television personality.” Turns out he wasn’t the only religious leader invited. In fact, a Muslim, a Jew, and a Universalist minister were also asked to pray.

Rodriguez didn’t like that one bit. So not only did he mock the very idea of interfaith worship to the event’s organizer(s), he used his speaking time to proclaim the superiority of his beliefs to everyone else’s (much to the delight of the Christian crowd he’s speaking to in the clip):

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With Germany Changing How It Collects the Church Tax, Many Are Leaving Their Churches Altogether

If you live in Germany, then you’re aware of something called a Church Tax.

As far as I can understand it — forgive me if I screw this up — here’s how this works: When you pay your income taxes, a portion of it (8 or 9%, depending on where you live) is set aside by the government for your place of worship if you’re Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. (If you’re a theist, you almost certainly fall into one of those categories.) This amounts to several billion Euros for the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant (Lutheran) churches.

What if you’re not religious? No problem. That money won’t go to a church. In fact, you won’t have to pay the amount at all! But in order to be exempt, you have to officially declare that you’re not a member of those religious groups.

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Stop Reshelving Books Just to Get a Laugh

You’ve all seen an image like this before, of a Bible moved to a more entertaining section of the bookstore:

I’ll admit: I laughed the first time I saw that (a long, long time ago…). But as I wrote several years ago on this site, it’s an asshole move:

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Jesus and God Take the #IceBucketChallenge

Turns out Jesus and God took the #IceBucketChallenge (or, I guess, one person took it twice?) and DarkMatters2525 was there to document the whole thing:

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There’s a Reason They Call Him “Amazing”

The Miami Herald‘s Glenn Garvin had a wonderful profile of James Randi in yesterday’s paper:

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