10 Memorable Moments When Religion Was Criticized on TV. The First Clip Shocked Me

Sorry for the clickbait-y title, but it’s true!

Of all the scripted TV shows to feature criticism of religion, the first one never even crossed my mind. The rest are mostly predictable, but a few were new to me, and I watched the whole video straight through. Lots of great material here:

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Finally, God Does Something Useful

(via The Onion)

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The IRS Says It Will Finally Enforce the Rules Barring Pastors from Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.” Basically, churches were endorsing political candidates from the pulpit and the IRS wasn’t doing anything to stop it. Part of the problem was that there was a vacancy in the position which normally handled those issues.

The IRS tried to quash this lawsuit before it could proceed but, last August, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed the IRS’ motion, allowing FFRF to move forward with their lawsuit.

Today, FFRF announced that it had reached a settlement with the IRS.

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AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Mad Because College Grads Are *Less* Likely to Want Teachers to Lead Classroom Prayers

Andrew Thomas (below), a Republican candidate to become the next governor of Arizona, said something during last night’s debate that I think all of you are going to appreciate… for reasons that would infuriate him.

Thomas, who was disbarred by the state’s Supreme Court in 2012 for “disgracefully misus[ing] the law,” was supposed to be talking about how to keep college affordable.

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Chicago Non-Theistic Communities Answer the Question of What to Do After Members Stop Believing in God

Chicago is home to a variety of different non-theistic communities and public radio station WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes put together a wonderful segment yesterday about who we are and why we gather.

The piece focused on Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, the Sunday Assembly, and Foundation Beyond Belief, whose conference is this weekend in the city. (It quotes me in a couple of places, too.)

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