Religious Exemption for Children’s Homes Results in Rampant Abuse

What did they find in these homes? Evidence of sexual abuse, extreme physical injury, corporal punishment, name-calling (“faggots,” “whores”)… and that’s only what they could find. I can’t even think about what may have been covered up. Some parents sent their kids to these homes because they were using drugs. Others, because their kids were gay or lesbian and needed “fixing.”

These homes lacked legally recognized credentials yet they were still allowed to operate because, you know, religion. [Read more...]

The Awful Things Christians Say About LGBT Children

How many young children have to kill themselves before the message becomes clear: You don’t have to physically abuse children to make them feel worthless and suicidal. Christians often say they “love the sinner but hate the sin” but their words (and votes) rarely match up with their rhetoric.

The video below, produced by FaithandEquality, highlights some of the awful language pastors use when talking about homosexuality. It’s disturbing to me and I’ve seen all those clips before. Whether it’s talking about how to abuse your gay children or wishing for the day all gay people will die out, it’s a stark reminder that “God’s love” is something we’re all better off without: [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Seeks Spring Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for a few interns for the spring: [Read more...]

Vote for the 2012 Bad Faith Award

The Bad Faith Award is given out by New Humanist magazine and it goes to “the person who has made the year’s most outstanding contribution to talking unadulterated (and often destructive) nonsense about matters of religion.”

Voting is now open for this year’s contest! [Read more...]

Why Does This Public Charter School Have Students Give Thanks to a ‘Creator’?

If you’re a charter school — and thus eligible for taxpayer money — in North Carolina, there are some rules you have to follow. Like this one:

May a public charter school be religious in nature?

No. As with other public schools in North Carolina, public charter schools must be non-religious in their programs, admissions policies, governance, employment practices and all other operations. Like other public schools, however, public charter schools may enter into partnerships with any community group for secular purposes. Public charter schools must sign off yearly that they are not religious-based entities.

Which means Hope Elementary Charter School in North Carolina has some explaining to do about this…: [Read more...]


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