Brazil’s Senate Will Consider Bill to Revoke Tax Exemptions from Churches Due to Atheist-Led Petition

You may be aware that the White House has a website where you can create a petition on a particular issue. If you can gather enough support — 100,000 e-signatures within 30 days as of this writing — someone in the administration will respond to your petition. Earlier this year, for example, a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana surpassed the threshold and received this response. It wasn’t a newsworthy response, but you get the idea.

In Brazil, the Senate has something similar. So the Associação Brasileira de Ateus e Agnósticos (ATEA) decided it would be an excellent way to challenge the government on the tax exemptions given to religious institutions.

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Music Video Features Pastafarian Church Service

I think I just witnessed the first ever Pastafarian church service.

It’s part of a music video for the band The Iron Boot Scrapers, whose album Costermonger was recently released. The song is called “Going Down“:

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Missouri Sheriff Argues That God and Government Go Together, Just as the Founding Fathers Intended

Jason Mosher (below), the Sheriff of Vernon County, Missouri, wants atheists everywhere to know that he doesn’t give a damn about them. If you have a problem with church/state separation, he wants nothing to do with you.

In a piece for the Nevada Daily Mail, Mosher showcases his ignorance about our nation’s own history and how it informs him:

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Catholic Reporter Discovers That Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett Aren’t As Awful As She Expected

Margery Eagan recently covered an event featuring Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett for Crux (a Catholic publication affiliated with the Boston Globe).

She was hoping they’d conform to the nasty stereotypes she had of atheists… but that wasn’t the case at all:

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Bill Donohue: If Politicians Listen to the Pope on Climate Change, They’re Violating Church/State Separation

Does the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue understand what church/state separation means?

Of course not. You knew the answer to that as soon as I wrote “understand.”

In this case, the Donohue thinks the urging of politicians to embrace Pope Francis‘ call for concern about climate change is somehow a violation of the law:

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