New York May Soon Overturn “Blue Laws” Forbidding Alcohol Sales on Sunday Mornings

A lot of you are familiar with “Blue laws,” which prohibit certain kinds of activities but only on certain days. For example, in some cities, vendors can’t sell alcohol… on Sundays. Because Jesus.

At least in New York, that may be on the verge of changing. A new law would allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol beginning at 8:00a on Sundays instead of noon as the current law allows.

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Author of Infamous “CES Letter” Has Left Mormonism: “I Have Excommunicated the LDS Church”

Jeremy Runnells is best known within Mormon circles for writing the CES Letter — a sort-of open letter that questions the foundational beliefs of the Church. I’ve heard from several former Mormons that they began their journey out of the faith precisely because they read that letter and realized they had been lied to their entire lives. (Needless to say, the person to whom the CES letter was directed never answered Runnells’ questions.)

For his efforts, Church leaders began proceedings to kick Runnells out. They wanted to excommunicate him for daring to ask difficult questions.

But they won’t have to have that meeting now. Last night, Runnells announced that he had resigned from the Church. They can’t break up with him, because he just broke up with them.

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Virginia County Board Denies Pump and Haul Permit for New Islamic Center; Was It Discrimination?

In Culpeper, Virginia, members of a new Islamic Center knew they needed a permit to install a pump-and-haul septic system. So they gathered the necessary documents and asked the Board of Supervisors for the appropriate permissions.

Even though the board members had approved similar requests 18 of the past 19 times, they rejected this one. (I wonder why.) Islamic Center President Mohammad Nawabe told a reporter that after their request was denied, “people started clapping and just cheering.”

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Members of the Wu-Tang Clan Will Appear at the Reason Rally

While rapper Killah Priest was already slated to appear at the Reason Rally in June, it looks like he’ll be bringing several other members of Wu-Tang Clan to the Lincoln Memorial on June 4.

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Atheists Are Raising Funds to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador

Over the weekend, there was a devastating earthquake in Ecuador. As of this writing, more than 270 people have died, more than 2,500 people have been injured, and the horrors seems to grow larger by the hour.

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Foundation Beyond Belief, an atheist organization I work with that supports secular charities, is currently holding a fundraiser to help people who have been affected by this tragedy.

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