An Oklahoma State Senator Just Introduced Legislation That Would Stop a Scientology-Based Drug Rehab Center

In Oklahoma, the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services certifies private facilities that offer treatment/counseling services.

As it turns out, there’s a private facility in the state called Narconon that focuses on drug rehabilitation (recovery) which used to be outside the scope of the Board’s oversight.

So what’s the big deal? [Read more...]

I’m Shocked: Public School Bible Classes in Texas Reek of Bias and Falsehoods

I often get emails from students and parents asking about “Bible as literature” or “Bible as history” courses — are they legal? Can we stop them? My usual response is that they are legal… as long as the Bible is not being taught as fact.

The Texas Freedom Network, a conservative watchdog group, just released a report on public school Bible courses throughout the state — they studied courses in 57 public school districts and three charter schools — and have some alarming news for anyone who thought this was anything but a backdoor approach to forcing Christianity into the school system. [Read more...]

A Book Trashing Christopher Hitchens Has Been Published… a Year After His Death

You know, at least when Christopher Hitchens wrote his diatribe against Mother Teresa, she was still alive.

Richard Seymour, on the other hand, has written his polemic against Hitchens a year after his death.

Classy. [Read more...]

A Religious Right Leader May Have Accidentally Lent His Support to Gay Marriage

At the Illinois Family Institute’s website, Micah Clark (of the American Family Association of Indiana) has written a brief article about a recent U.S. Department of Justice report (PDF) that “examines patterns in serious violent crime and simple assault” against youth.

Clark highlights one of the report’s main findings: [Read more...]

I Don’t Think the Mormons Can Help You Here

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