Founder of Taxpayer-Funded Veterans Memorial Says He’ll “Go to Jail” Before Removing Its 21 Crosses

A new veterans memorial in Albia, Iowa is being criticized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State because the taxpayer-funded monument includes 21 marble Christian crosses:

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Conservatives Are Certain the IRS Has Secret Rules for Investigating Churches. They’re Wrong

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 that normally handled those issues.)

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But by mid-2014, the two sides had settled their differences. The IRS said it would enforce its own rules, and FFRF had the ability to file another lawsuit if they felt the IRS was still not doing its job.

But some Christian organizations are convinced there’s a secret agreement between the two groups.

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Survey Says 13% of Atheists/Agnostics Have Asked God for Help in the Past Week. What the Hell?

A new Pew Forum survey on how religion plays a role in our everyday lives had one particular section that I’ve stared at for the longest time because I can’t make sense of it.

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If You Look Closely at the New “Tree of Life,” You’ll Find This Hidden Gem

You may have heard that scientists recently proposed a new “Tree of Life” in the journal Nature Microbiology:

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Science aside, there’s a nifty little easter egg in the Eukaryotes section:

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Pastafarianism is Not a Real Religion, Judge Tells Prisoner in Completely Serious Decision

Stephen Cavanaugh is a prisoner currently being held in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. As a prisoner, he has the right to practice his religion and get special perks associated with being part of an organized belief system — as he says, “the ability to order and wear religious clothing and pendants, the right to meet for weekly worship services and classes and the right to receive communion.”

But Cavanaugh filed a lawsuit recently saying the prison was denying him these opportunities… all because he was a Pastafarian. (Seriously.)

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