The Christian Joy of Pain and Suffering

Reader Everett snapped this image of a church sign on Marine Corps Base Hawaii:



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Class Action Lawsuit Says New York Yeshivas Failed to Give Students a Proper Secular Education

For years now, ultra-Orthodox Jews have been in charge of a public school district in East Ramapo, New York in addition to the private Jewish schools in the community. It’s led to plenty of debate over, among other things, whether the Orthodox Jews who don’t want to pay property taxes for public schools their children don’t attend should be allowed to decimate the system for the kids who don’t share their faith.

The latest twist in the story is that a class action lawsuit has been filed by plaintiffs who think they were shortchanged a real education in the area’s yeshivas:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 82: Sarah Haider, Ex-Muslim

Our latest podcast guest is Sarah Haider, a co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America, where she advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and works to create local support communities for those who have left Islam.

Sarah was born in Pakistan as a practicing Shia Muslim. She moved to Texas and, in her late teens, began reading the Qur’an critically. It wasn’t long before she became an atheist.

We spoke with Sarah about why it’s dangerous for Muslims to leave the faith even in the United States, what the New Atheists get right and wrong about Islam, and why we need to stop using the word “Islamophobic.”

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In Satire, Jailed Missionary Tells Iraqi Christian Why He Won’t Really Be Persecuted in the U.S.

In the excellent scripted video below, a jailed American Christian missionary meets an Iraqi Christian in the cell next door. They talk about all the persecution the Iraqi man and his family currently have to face.

So the American tells him to come back to the U.S. with him, where they will all be safe… only to have the Iraqi decline the offer. After all, the Iraqi watches Fox News Channel. He hears what Christian leaders say in public. If the U.S. is as anti-Christian as all of them claim it in, why would anyone want to live there?!

That’s when the American has to explain how Christians aren’t *really* persecuted in the U.S. That’s just scary rhetoric Christian leaders like to use to keep everyone in line…



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The Church of England is Mad That Theaters Won’t Run a Pro-Prayer Ad Before the New Star Wars Film

Digital Cinema Media, a company that handles advertisements for many of the largest movie chains in the UK, has a simple policy against running religious and political ads before films. Why offend some paying customers just before they settle in for a couple of hours?

That’s why they rejected this minute-long ad from the Church of England promoting prayer:



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