The Ten Commandments Are Not a Foundation of Western Law, and We’re Better Off Because of It

Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds was unconstitutional:

Attorney General Scott Pruitt immediately denounced the decision:

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Icelandic Parliament Votes to Repeal Blasphemy Law

We tend to think of Iceland as fairly liberal — politicians unanimously voted in favor of marriage equality in 2010, they elected an openly lesbian Prime Minister in 2009, etc.

But they have had a blasphemy law in the books since 1940 that has no place in modern society.



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I Guess We Have Affected the Religious Liberty of Christians…

I assume this is the conversation taking place in conservative Christian circles across the country:



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A Look at the World of Christian Comedy

If you think about the best stand-ups of all time, I would guess they made you re-think some big part of your life in a new way, whether it was a relationship or religion or kids. We think of great comedians as people who push boundaries and go after big targets, not people who tell knock-knock jokes really well.

So what happens when your material is necessarily restricted? When you can’t use certain words or bring up certain situations? What happens when a part of your set has to include a sermon?

Harmon Leon of Vice visited a conference for Christian comedians to get an inside look at their world:

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What’s Going On with the Huge Percentage of Atheists in China?

Back in April, WIN Gallup International (no relation to Gallup, Inc.) released a survey ranking global religiosity — which countries were most and least religious.

Overall, we learned that 63% of people around the world were religious, while those who described themselves as “a convinced atheist” made up 11% of the global population. (Global, in this case, referred to the 65 countries from which they were able to acquire data.) Unlike most surveys that put atheists under a broader “non-religious” umbrella, this one actually separated us from the rest of the “Nones.”

The most faith-filled countries in the world, with more than 90% of the population describing themselves as religious, were Thailand, Armenia, and Bangladesh:



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