Wellington is the “Godless” Capital of New Zealand… and Other Highlights from the Nation’s Census

The New Zealand Herald went through the 2013 census as well as the Deprivation index (measuring wealth) and combined them in a fascinating interactive chart:

That’s a hell of a lot of color, and the darker it gets, the less religious it is.

What they found won’t surprise you, but it’s fun to point out a couple of things:

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Judge Orders School District Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed to Pay Parents Who Forced Them to Stop

In 2009, the Clovis Unified School District in California was teaching abstinence-only sex education. This actually went against state law that required public schools to “provide a pupil with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect his or her sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and STDs.”

But the curriculum was still one you’d expect to see in an evangelical church, not a place of learning:

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Creationist “Researcher” tells Duggar-in-Law: “There Really is No Such Thing as an Atheist”

Jessa Seewald, the child of the Duggars whose marriage last year was featured on 19 Kids and Counting, recently went to the Institute for Creation Research in Texas with her husband Ben. And since there was no actual research to discuss and the Institute’s library only has one book in it, Ben sat with Dr. Jason Lisle and asked how the Director of Research would prove to atheists that God exists:



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Illinois Catholic Church Assumes Red-Stained Communion Wafer is Miracle, Unaware of Scientific Explanation

There’s evidence of a “miracle” at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rochelle, Illinois.

Get this: A communion wafer “was placed in water by the Deacon to dissolve on May 1, 2015, [and] four days later, May 4, 2015, it appears to have turned into flesh and blood.”



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Catholic School Students Protest Cardinal Dolan as Commencement Speaker

After last year’s commencement kerfuffles where students protested Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s honorary degree and Bill Maher‘s speech, my first reaction to hearing about another protest was to roll my eyes.

But I have to hand it to the students at Le Moyne College, a Catholic school in Syracuse, New York. They’re raising a fuss for all the right reasons:



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