Atheist Delivers Invocation at Oak Ridge (TN) City Council, Only to Be Cut Off by Mayor

At Monday’s Oak Ridge City Council meeting in Tennessee, Aleta Ledendecker of the Rationalists of East Tennessee became the first atheist to deliver an invocation address there.

But not every council member was there to hear it, and Ledendecker wasn’t even able to deliver the full speech because the Mayor cut her off early.


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Christian Preacher: I Moved Clouds and Stopped a Typhoon Because “I Have Authority Over the Weather”

Christian Preacher Cindy Jacobs tells a lot of tales.

There’s the story of how she helped a woman grow three inches instantaneously, and the one where she turned metal into bone, and the one where she blamed the death of blackbirds on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Basically, she’ll tell any lie to further the word of God. And her followers just accept it all because I guess they haven’t gotten to the part of the Bible with all those pesky Commandments.

The latest lie involves how she commanded the clouds to go away during a video shoot for Pat Robertson‘s The 700 Club (11:45).


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When It Comes to The Satanic Temple, Christians Seem to Love Bearing False Witness

On December 30, we learned that the town council of Brookville, Indiana had voted unanimously to disallow a Nativity display that had, for the past 50 years, resided each holiday season on their county’s Courthouse lawn. This reaction was the result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of The Satanic Temple (TST) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The county had rejected our own applications for putting up displays near the Nativity, prompting the legal action.

The suit was settled, as National Law Journal explained, “with the condition that Franklin County will allow local residents and churches to erect nonreligious displays outside the courthouse.” Groups like ours only needed a local contact to file for the permit.

It was a victory in the name of pluralism.

That’s why it was alarming when the Christian Post completely rejected the very facts of the lawsuit and its outcome, framing the entire affair as a defeat for the non-Christian side and The Satanic Temple in particular.


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Another Compilation of Penn Jillette’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s another compilation of Penn Jillette‘s best arguments and comebacks:


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The One Universal Upside of Computers Running the World

Just in case any of you missed The Simpsons on January 3 (I know, I know, how would that be possible?), the episode included a fun little Easter egg.

The question on the board behind Lisa asks, “What if computers ran the world?”


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