I Guess God’s Going to Decide the Winner of the Pacquiao/Mayweather Match

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you may have heard that Manny Pacquiao (below) will soon fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in what will surely be the most hyped (and lucrative) boxing match of all time.

But Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is a little concerned about his pupil’s religiosity:

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New Survey Suggests Americans with No Religious Affiliation May Soon Outnumber Any Single Religious Group

The General Social Survey is one of the most comprehensive data sets out there when it comes to the religious beliefs of Americans, and the 2014 results were just released last week.

You’ll be happy to know that the trend away from organized religion is still on the upswing:



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Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants $65 Million from His Followers So He Can Buy a Plane

Pastor Creflo Dollar (his real name) has a net worth of $27 million. He owns a million-dollar home in Atlanta and a 2.5-million-dollar apartment in Manhattan. He drives a Rolls-Royce and travels via a private jet.

But it’s not enough. His latest get-rich-quick scheme is to ask donors for enough money to purchase a $65 million plane. (For Jesus.)



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New $50,000 Journalism Prize Will Be Named After Christopher Hitchens

A new journalism prize worth $50,000 will go to:

… an author or journalist whose work reflects a commitment to free expression and inquiry,‭ ‬a range and depth of intellect,‭ ‬and a willingness to pursue the truth without regard to personal or professional consequence.

Fittingly, it will be named after Christopher Hitchens, who never shied away from controversial topics and who didn’t give a damn what you thought about it.



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Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Did Not Spend His Fortune on Atheist Billboards

A few days ago, Sam Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, died from colorectal cancer.

Simon had made hundreds of millions of dollars from his involvement with the show and he was a philanthropist in every sense of the word, giving away a large chunk of that money to causes that meant a lot to him. Causes like animal rights.

He was also an atheist and he gave some money to support the 2012 Reason Rally and to American Atheists for some of their billboard campaigns, including this one:

How much money do you think that all amounts to? A few thousand dollars? Perhaps tens of thousands of dollars, if he was feeling extra-generous?

Either way, this headline from The Telegraph completely distorts the truth:

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