Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Just Got a Provision Passed That Will Use Taxpayer Money to Fund Religious Programs

Last year, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana lost $15,000 in federal funding for its Young Marine Program. On the surface, the program sounds great, promoting the “mental, moral and physical development of its young recruits.”

The problem was that it was a religious program, emphasizing “the love of God and fidelity to our country,” subjecting members to a Young Marine Obligation to not disgrace or dishonor God, and having students sign on to a Young Marine Creed that included: “Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.”

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice made it very clear that the money would be returned to the Sheriff’s office once the God references were removed. That never happened. Sheriff Julian Whittington complained to Governor Bobby “we’ve got to stop being the stupid party” Jindal, prompting Jindal to join him at an “In God We Trust Rally” on July 4:

That’s when Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) stepped in. She sponsored a bill that would “prohibit the revocation or withholding of Federal funds to programs whose participants carry out voluntary religious activities.”

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Kanye West Just Got His Wish: Yeezianity is Now a Religion

I guess if you make an album called “Yeezus” and post for a Rolling Stone cover like this, it was bound to happen:

There’s now a new religion created in His honor:

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What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 14

Daniel is back with another montage of some of the awful things done in the name of God over the past month:

(via ConversationWithA)

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Can You Be Christian and an LGBT Rights Advocate?

Can you be a Christian and support LGBT-rights at the same time?

American Atheists’ Dave Muscato says no:

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The Largest Charter School Network in Texas Promotes Creationism

Responsive Education Solutions is the euphemistically-named company running the largest charter school district in Texas. Their schools are tuition-free, funded by taxpayers, and home to 17,000 students in the state.

Just one problem: Their textbooks promote Creationism, along with other examples of bad science. Zack Kopplin, building off of work by Jonny Scaramanga, explains:

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