Christian Woman Says She Redirected Texas Tornadoes That Killed Nearly a Dozen People

On the day after Christmas, nearly a dozen Texans were killed as a result of tornadoes in the region. It was horrifying, it was unexpected, and it was exactly what one Christian woman was praying for, apparently.

Sabrina Lowe told NPR affiliate reporter Bill Zeeble that she prayed for the tornado to get the hell away from her, because that’s how nature works, don’t you know:

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UK Education Secretary Says Non-Faith Schools Can Still Prioritize Christianity Over Atheism

Earlier this year, when the UK Department for Education issued its new curriculum for GCSE Religious Studies classes, the focus was on: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and Sikhism.

Humanism, a belief system reflected by far more people than some of the religions on that list combined, wasn’t given the same treatment. That’s why three parents eventually filed a lawsuit against the government (with the help of the British Humanist Association).

A month ago, in a major decision from Britain’s High Court, a judge ruled that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (below) was wrong to exclude Humanism from the Religious Studies classes in the country .

To be clear: The ruling didn’t say Humanism *had* to be taught in Religious Education classes, only that specifically excluding it was wrong, but now Morgan is determined to do everything she can to make sure that decision has no significant impact in classrooms where religion was prioritized:

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New Study Says Vaccine Deniers Are Richer, Whiter, and More Educated

When it comes to science illiteracy in the form of Creationism, we know what kind of people are more likely to believe it: Those who attend church frequently, the elderly, and people without much formal education.

But when it comes to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, the demographics are very different, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health:



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This Kid Stumped Santa with a Question About Immortality

Every parent knows that if you tell your children about Santa Claus, they’ll eventually grow up and realize the story doesn’t make sense. Maybe sooner than you want them to.

I’m guessing this five-year-old’s parents didn’t expect him to poke holes in Santa’s backstory right to his face.



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Podcast Ep. 87: Eric, a Former Member of the Worldwide Church of God

Our latest podcast guest is Eric, a writer currently living in Chicago. He was raised in California in the Worldwide Church of God, a Christian organization that is now known as Grace Communion International and has been considered by many to be a cult.

Jessica spoke with him about his upbringing in the church, how it affected his childhood, and how he ultimately left it all behind. (We apologize for the sound quality in this episode! The audio equipment wasn’t working properly so we had to resort to alternate means.)

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