I’ll Be Speaking at Penn State on Wednesday

This Wednesday night, September 9, I’ll be speaking at Penn State University at the invitation of the Penn State Atheist/Agnostic Association.

If you’re on (or near) the University Park campus, please consider coming! It’s a free event and details can be found here.

Hope to see you there.

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Biddeford (Maine) Residents Angry That Elected Officials Skip the Pledge and Get to Work

In Biddeford, Maine, the City Council says the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of meetings. The Public Safety Committee usually doesn’t. But the PSC’s agenda a few weeks ago included the Pledge by accident, so City Councilor Marc Lessard just skipped it and the committee got straight to work.

This, for some reason, is very controversial.

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Disfellowshipping by Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Brief History

Despite their best efforts, Jehovah’s Witnesses often leave the faith.

That’s why, in order to ensure the faithful stay faithful, the Watchtower Society maintains a policy of shunning dissenting members in a process called disfellowshipping.

Here’s how it began and what it looks like in practice.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Can’t Decide if Ten Commandments Monument is Religious or Not

Back in June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol was unconstitutional:

The Governor ordered the monument to stay put while the state appealed the decision any way it could. That led Attorney General Scott Pruitt to file a request for a rehearing of the case.

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After FFRF Calls Out Football Team’s Mass Baptism, Pastor Wonders Why It’s “Illegal to Say I’m a Christian”

The other day, I posted about how a pastor from First Baptist Villa Rica church (in Georgia) conducted a mass baptism before Villa Rica High School’s football practice. It was on school property and it involved players and a coach.

Already, you should be able to spot multiple violations of the law.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Carroll County School System a letter telling them to stop this immediately and the District said they’re looking into this.

In the meantime, the pastor who conducted the baptisms, Kevin Williams, is showing off just how ignorant he is by asking some incredibly idiotic questions, each one dumber than the last:

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