Christian Pastor: No One Names Their Kid Barack… ‘Except Crack Whores’

We already know Pastor Steven Anderson has gone from religious-based anti-women hate-rhetoric to just plain spiteful racist bigotry. Last week, he called Mecca a “Giant Black GameCube” and now, in a sermon mentioning the biblical character Barak, he went on a rant against the President:

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Because if Anyone Knows About Clinging to Sacred Theories…

Reader DeAnne was driving through Huber Heights, Ohio when she passed Free Methodist Church… and turned around to double check the sign… and turned around again just to get a picture.

It was worth it. It’s not that often that a church takes a shot at science only to have it backfire this badly:

They were good for the first two lines… until you realized what they were trying to do. And if anybody knows about clinging to sacred theories no matter what the evidence says, it’s the people in a church. [Read more...]

The Cross Must be Removed from the 131-Year-Old City Seal of DeLand, Florida

This is the city seal of DeLand, Florida:

There’s a heart, an anchor, and a cross. One of those is a problem. But until now, no one has ever taken serious action on it.

Acting on a complaint from a local resident, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to city officials late last month asking them to reconsider their seal because of it’s endorsement of Christianity. They haven’t received a response yet, but the media and Christian Right are flipping out:

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Religious School’s Chairman Destroys 3,000 Student Planners Because They Include Image of ‘Satanic’ Peace Sign

This is a page from a planner given out to the 3,000 students at Pieter Zandt, a Protestant reformatory school in the Netherlands (click to enlarge):

See anything wrong with it?

Check out that one guy’s shirt. With the peace sign on it. That’s the problem.

Parents complained to the head of the school because they believed the symbol to be a sign of the Antichrist.

Even worse, the school’s chairman agreed and destroyed all of the planners:

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Humanist Celebrants Will Offer Free Wedding Services to Same-Sex Couples in the Military Through 2013

I absolutely love this promotion: In honor of the fact that same-sex spouses in the military will soon receive full benefits, members of the Humanist Society are offering to provide free wedding services to gay and lesbian couples:

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