This Guy Secretly Videotaped His Jehovah’s Witness Apostasy Trial

A Jehovah’s Witness named Isaac recently criticized the Church’s teachings — an unforgivable sin — resulting in what’s known as an “Apostasy Trial.” (That’s not the official name of it, but same idea.) He basically had to go in front of a couple of Elders and explain himself. They would ultimately decide whether he gets to remain in the Church or be banished for good.

Isaac managed to secretly videotape the entire proceeding, giving us an inside glimpse into how the religion’s judicial process works.

Keep in mind that, due to “disfellowshipping,” if Isaac is found “guilty” of apostasy by the committee, most of his friends and family members (all of whom are still part of the Church) will never speak to him again.

Isaac understands that. He’s accepted that. And he’s still ready to leave the Church… but not before he goes through the trial just so we can all see what it’s like.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 50: Dr. Susan Blackmore, Meme Researcher

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Susan Blackmore, a writer, researcher, and speaker best known for her book The Meme Machine.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Susan about the mystery of consciousness, Blackmore’s fascination with memes, and why she avoids most forms of social media.

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Should a Texas County Issue $350,000,000 in Bonds to Improve Roads? The Answer May Depend on God

In Montgomery County, Texas, residents and elected officials are debating a proposal to “issue $350 million in bonds to maintain and expand roads.” I’m sure there are good people on both sides of the issue, but volunteer prayer-leader Mary Hammer Menzel made it clear last week during a meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court that God would totally vote in favor of the bonds.

Everyone else? They’re “tools of Satan”:

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Why Are Stained-Glass Windows with Religious References Up in This Public University’s Library?

Southern Connecticut State University just did a bit of redecorating for the Hilton C. Buley Library on campus… and they installed some stained-glass windows with religious phrases and figures on them:

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: “Christians Are the Only Group in America” That It’s Okay to “Abuse and Misuse”

I would never go so far as to say atheists are the most hated people in America. While we rank lowest in certain polls regarding our electability, keep in mind that there are only a handful of options in the first place. Expand that list and our stock goes up considerably.

But I think it’s safe to say Christians are nowhere near the top of the list when it comes to Most Persecuted Groups in the Country.

Tell that to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who made that claim on a recent radio program:

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