Church Gives County Officials $2,000 to Thank Them for Promoting Christian Prayers at Meetings

If you needed evidence that government praying is all about promoting Christianity, just look at what’s happening in Pittsylvania County in Virginia.

A full recap is here but a quick summary will work: In 2012, the county’s Board of Supervisors began each meeting with a prayer to Jesus Christ. And it wasn’t citizens saying the prayers, but the Supervisors themselves, which clearly violated the law.



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What is Wrong with the GOP That Dr. Ben Carson is His Party’s Current Frontrunner?

What’s shocking about Chuck Todd‘s interview this morning with GOP Presidential frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson is not that Carson compared abortion to slavery, or wants to prevent women from having access to abortions, or said all sane people should have access to any weapon they can get their hands on, or defended his comment about how the Holocaust could have been prevented if Jews had guns.

It’s that he’s said all of this before and yet there are still people in this country who think he’s qualified to be the President.



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Majority of Icelanders Support Church/State Separation

In Iceland, support for church/state separation is at an all-time high of 55% according to a new Gallup poll. At the same time, only 24% are against it (the rest had no opinion):

Perhaps the best part about the results is that the greatest support for separation of church and state (79%) comes from supporters of the Pirate Party — the same group that got the nation’s blasphemy laws repealed a few months ago.

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Young Atheist Told to Just Be Herself in Dear Abby Column

I don’t always expect much from nationally syndicated advice columnists… but Dear Abby gave a great response to a young atheist from Alabama surrounded by religious people (including the boy she likes) and unsure of what to do about it.



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The Future of the Universe (in Auto-Tuned Glory)

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from melodysheep, but the auto-tuning YouTuber is back. In the latest video, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Emily Lakdawalla, and Carl Sagan talk about the future of the universe.



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