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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In Snub to Jihadists, Kurdish-Led Province Issues Women’s Rights Decree

In a courageous and welcome rebuke to ISIS, Kurdish officials in a region of Syria have issued a 30-point decree that elaborates on the rights of women — a slap in the face to the Muslim extremists who want nothing of the sort:

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Can a Town Run on Catholic Principles Fall in Line with the Constitution?

We already live in a country where religious groups exert a lot of influence in their respective communities. Red states, obviously. Hasidic enclaves, definitely. Even places like Salt Lake City, where Mormons migrated in droves.

But what would happen if a whole town was basically bought out for one religious group and the people there were expected to follow religious law?

That’s the premise of Ave Maria, Florida, a town that was purchased nearly a decade ago by Domino’s Pizza founder (and hard-core Catholic) Tom Monaghan, who wanted to turn it into a religious haven:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 28: “Patrick,” an Atheist College Football Player

Our latest podcast guest is “Patrick,” a college football player from one of the top Division 1 programs in the country. He’s not just a guy on the bench; he himself is one of the best players in the country for his position.

And he’s an atheist.

At his request, we’re maintaining his anonymity because he deserves to be recognized for his talent and not his atheism, and we don’t want to ruin that for him. Rest assured, though, we know his real name and we’ve verified that he is who he says he is. We wanted to talk to him about faith, football, and his future.

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