Catholic School Leader, Days After Expelling 12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor, Says She Can Come Back

A few days ago, we learned that Rose McGrath (below) was kicked out of St. Joseph Catholic Middle School in Battle Creek, Michigan due to her poor attendance — all because she was too busy recovering from cancer to come to class. The backlash, as you might expect, has come from all over the world.

Good thing, too, because the school’s leader announced Friday that Rose will be invited back:

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Miami Assistant Police Chief Criticized for Not Putting Hand Over Heart During Pledge of Allegiance

How horrible must your life be if you get irrationally offended every time someone doesn’t salute the flag to your liking during the Pledge of Allegiance?

In Miami, Assistant Chief Anita Najiy — the highest-ranking female cop in the city — kept her arms at her side during the ritual instead of putting a hand over her heart. Now, the head of the Miami police union is flipping out because ‘Murica.

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Religious Leaders Recommit to Wrong Side of History Days before Same-Sex Marriage Debate

This is a guest post written by David G. McAfee. He is author, most recently, of The Belief Book. … On Thursday, more than 30 religious leaders from various denominations signaled, less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on whether same-sex marriage is a right under the [Read More…]

Interfaith Leader: If Orthodox Jews Don’t Want to Sit Next to Women on Planes, We Should Accommodate Them

In general, I don’t mind interfaith cooperation. I know there’s value in working with people we disagree with on some issues in order to achieve larger goals we all share.

The problem is when you pretend all religious beliefs are worth respecting.

Remember the Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women on a plane? Eboo Patel, the head of Interfaith Youth Core, believes we’re all making too big a deal about this issue and should just go ahead and swap seats to make them happy:

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Salon Writer Wonders Why the New Atheists Don’t Criticize the Kind of Faith That Doesn’t Exist

Tip for the freelance writers out there: Salon will take anything you submit as long as it slams atheists and runs over a thousand words. That must be true, because I don’t know how else to explain how this awful piece by Peter Birkenhead got published.

His entire argument is that the New Atheists — whom he compares to religious zealots — get too much attention even though they attack a straw man version of religion:

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