What Pluto Looked Like (To Us) Throughout the Years

This is so cool. It’s the best image we have of Pluto over time — from Clyde Tombaugh’s original picture in 1930 to New Horizons’ shots over the past decade:



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Vote to Remove “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” Sign in Texas Delayed Following Mayor’s Concerns

Remember the 18-foot-wide sign welcoming visitors to the city of Hawkins, Texas?



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Contradicting His Colleague, Muslim Theologian Says Blowjobs Are Not Forbidden in the Faith

Remember when Muslim theologian Ali Riza Demircan told a talk show host which kinds of sex acts were forbidden (“haram”) in the faith? There was anal sex and sodomy… and “oral sex in advanced dimensions,” whatever that meant.



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Mount Soledad Cross Transferred to Private Land, Ending a Battle That Began Over 25 Years Ago

Yes, we are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross.

Here’s a quick recap in case you’re unfamiliar with the story: The controversy, which began more than 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.

It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego — a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. While it’s marketed as a veteran’s memorial, it’s very clearly intended to promote Christianity and honor only Christian soldiers.

After the now-deceased Philip Paulson challenged the cross’ constitutionality more than two decades ago and after atheist Steve Trunk took up the case after that, atheists have generally prevailed in the court system. In 2012, the Supreme Court declined to hear any more challenges from Christian groups, putting the future of the cross back in the hands of lower courts.



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How a Former Chaplain Ditched Her Faith and Helped Others Get Away from God

A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain… but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start (and lead) the Clergy Project to help others pastors out of the pulpit — she was one of the original members and its eventual Executive Director.

She tells her story in a new book called From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Dunphy talks about why shedding her faith is more complicated than just not believing in God:

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