When Even Christian Publications Suggest That a Celebrity Pastor Is Acting Shady, That Can’t Be a Good Sign

Steven Furtick, the pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina, has been under fire recently because of church’s shady finances.

In short, the church takes in tens of millions of dollars every year (tax-free, of course), pays Furtick an undisclosed salary decided by a “Board of Overseers” consisting of his celebrity pastor friends, and never bothers to tell the congregation where exactly all their money is going. (All volunteers and employees of the church have to sign a confidentiality agreement promising never to reveal the church’s finances.)

Whatever Furtick’s making, though, it’s gotta be pretty sweet considering he just bought a $1,700,000 home:

When a local news team started running stories about the church’s lack of transparency and Furtick’s own extravagant lifestyle, he responded by playing dumb, saying “it’s not that great of a house” and he didn’t understand why a helicopter was flying over it.

Well, there’s a good reason for that:

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Another Atheist Billboard Launches in Times Square: ‘Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.’

I’m losing track of all the atheist/Creationist billboards in Times Square, but the latest salvo in the mythical War on Christmas belongs to American Atheists. Today, they’re launching a 15-second digital billboard reminding viewers that even atheists can celebrate the holiday season.

The main message reads: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody.”

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If You Work for a Christian-Owned Company and Worry About Your Ability to Obtain Contraception…

… then Americans United for Separation of Church and State would love to hear from you:

If you work for Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods, Eden Foods or any other company that is challenging the contraceptive mandate and you’re worried about your ability to obtain contraception coverage, we want to hear from you. Your information will be kept strictly confidential: it won’t go to your employer or to the media. Your story stays with us.

You can get in touch with them here.

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On the Other Hand, He Did Create a Lot of Jobs…

As Mrs. Betty Bowers explains, you would think Republicans would have a problem with history’s biggest freeloader, but they seem to embrace Him without a problem:

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The Humanism in Hip-Hop

Since we’re on the subject of hip-hop today, Dr. Monica Miller gave a recent Skepticon talk in which she discussed the Humanism in modern hip-hop. You can see it, paradoxically, through the God talk in the songs, where rappers even refer to themselves as God, but not a metaphysical God. (Think Kanye West‘s “Yeezus.”) Miller says this is a kind of “re-altering of authority.”

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