Slovakia Will Welcome 200 Syrian Refugees Over the Next Two Years… But Only if They’re Christian

While Europe is facing a growing influx of migrants, a spokesperson for the Slovak Ministry of Interior announced this week that his government will do its part to mitigate the burden on other European Union members, who already have their hands full with the 107,050 immigrants who crossed into the E.U. last month alone. Slovakia, over the next two years, will take in 200 Syrian refugees.



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As Atheist Minister Undergoes Heresy Trial, Her Friends Are Asking for Support

I’ve written before about Gretta Vosper, a reverend for the United Church of Canada who doesn’t believe in God.

She’s been in the news a lot lately because, even though her congregation fully supports her leadership, the UCC doesn’t know what to do with her and there’s a chance they may remove her from the pulpit. Mind you, the UCC is already a very liberal denomination that has long ordained women and LGBT individuals, so an atheist who supports the community and philosophies of the church isn’t as radical as you might think.

While a decision hasn’t been reached, some supporters are now laying out the situation and asking for help to cover any legal fees connected with her “review of effectiveness”:

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A Mauritanian Blogger is Facing the Death Penalty for an Unintentional Slight Against Allah

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of punished Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, has a heartbreaking story in The Independent about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir (below), a writer who’s facing the death penalty for apostasy:



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Jackson (Mississippi) Mayor Tony Yarber Has a Solution to the City’s Pothole Problem: Prayer

Usually, when someone in Mississippi says prayer will fix a problem, it’s easy for me (an atheist who doesn’t live there) to shrug it off. It’s the South, after all. Hardly a surprise. That was my first reaction when I saw this tweet:

Everyone take a moment to facepalm at Tony Yarber, who thinks prayer can fix potholes.

Now be afraid. Be very afraid. Because Tony Yarber is the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

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Colorado Pastor, Defying a Court Order, is Still Leading Prayers Outside a Public High School

This past May, teacher Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit against the Fremont RE-2 School District in Colorado — his own District — documenting all sorts of instances in which District officials crossed the line and treated the local high school as an extension of a local church. Let me point out a couple of the violations in particular:



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