Sheriff in Texas Plans to Put Christian Crosses on All Department Vehicles

We’ve seen a lot of sheriffs putting “In God We Trust” stickers on city-owned vehicles over the past few months. Unfortunately, there’s not much recourse for that. The sheriffs just lie about the religious basis for that, shrug their shoulders, and say, “It’s our motto!”

But when it’s a Christian cross, you have to think that crosses a line. This is a mockup of the cross that Brewster County (Texas) Sheriff Ronny Dodson plans to put on his office’s vehicles:



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Utah Woman, Competing on Swedish Reality Show, Says She Will Leave the Mormon Church

There’s a reality show called Allt för Sverige (Everything for Sweden) in which Swedish Americans return to their native land to learn more about their ancestry. (And somehow, people get booted off the show each week because it’s reality TV.)

Karin Berg Roylance, a Utah native who was one of the contestants this season, didn’t win, but she made an important decision during her time in Europe: She plans to leave the Mormon Church when she returns home.

Part of her decision stemmed from the realization that she was an atheist. She had grown up believing atheists were immoral heathens, but living in Sweden — a country so non-religious that sociologist Phil Zuckerman wrote a book about it — convinced her that not believing in God wasn’t so bad after all.



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A Creationist Politician Will Now Oversee Education-Related Legislation in Arizona

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) is one of those people who have no business making decisions on behalf of other people because she rejects reality and wants to push her religious on everybody else.

More than five years ago, she said Earth was only 6,000 years old during a discussion about uranium mining in the state:



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Is Wearing a Hijab Really the Best Way to Show Support for Oppressed Muslim Women?

Last week, Wheaton College Professor Larycia Hawkins was suspended for saying Muslims and Christians believed in the same God. She did that in a Facebook post in which she also wore a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims.

Several students at the college later boosted her message by wearing hijabs of their own during their flights home for winter break. This form of activism is only the most recent in which hijabs are worn in support of what Muslims are facing.

But in a powerful piece for the Washington Post, Asra Q. Nomani (you remember her) and Hala Arafa argue that putting on a hijab to show support for oppressed Muslims, while admirable in spirit, is precisely what we shouldn’t be doing.

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Somehow, a Kickstarter Project to Protect You from Spooky “Signals” is Nearing Its Funding Goal

Have you ever heard how signals are harmful?

What signals, you ask? All sorts of signals. Wi-fi signals. Microwave signals. Cell phone signals. Electromagnetic waves. They’re evil.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had a shield to protect me”?

Well, you haven’t, because you know that’d be a bullshit claim.

But a lot of gullible people have, and someone’s trying to take advantage of them on Kickstarter, where two guys who won’t even tell you their names have already raised more than $13,000 of their $20,000 goal to create “Shield: The World’s First Signal Proof Headwear“:



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