Christian College Wants to Know Alleged Rape Victim’s Sexual History to Assess Her Credibility

In 2012, just three days into her freshman year at Virginia Wesleyan College — a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church — a student was allegedly raped on campus. To make matters worse, that student says, the school didn’t do enough to help her, but they helped her assailant, later changing what it said on his transcript from “expelled” to “voluntarily withdrawn” so that he could enroll somewhere else. She filed a lawsuit against them last October that is still being fought in courts today.

While rape allegations must be taken seriously and an allegation is not equivalent to legal proof, the school’s attorneys are now making a request that many say goes too far: They want the student to divulge every romantic relationship she’s had before and after the alleged rape:



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To Show She’s Still Pure, a Rape Survivor in India Will Have to Balance a Large Rock on Her Head

A rape victim in India — who was denied an abortion by the government — will now have to prove her purity if she wants to get back together with her husband. And the test involves balancing an 88-pound stone on her head.

That report, which I’m unable to verify (so take it with a giant grain of salt), comes from India Today.

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Australian Group’s Billboard Campaign Pushes Back Against Christian Theology Taught in Public Schools

The whole idea of “special religious instruction” in public schools is a joke. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths, but in practice, it’s just a way to push Christianity into the classroom.

That’s the case in Victoria, Australia, where story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and they’re always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses. To that end, they’re launching a billboard campaign today to let parents know what their kids are being taught in schools:



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John Oliver Describes the Problems with Sex Education in American Schools

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled the problem of sex education classes that refuse to educate students about sex:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 67: John Dehlin, Founder of the Mormon Stories Podcast

Our latest podcast guest is John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast.

John just completed his PhD in clinical and counseling psychology. His podcast celebrates the faith and also critiques it when necessary. Because of some of his views supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women within Mormonism, Dehlin was excommunicated from the Church earlier this year for apostasy. That story was covered in the New York Times.

We spoke with John about how discovering the truth about Mormon history pushed him away from the Church, why he still has a soft spot for the faith, and why Mormons have strategic reasons for standing firm against LGBT rights.

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