Catholic Priest Who Installed Hidden Camera in Church Bathroom Has Fled the Country

Remember Father Ysrael Bien, the Catholic priest who allegedly snuck a hidden video camera into the bathroom at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood, Oregon?

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Atheists Now Make Up 0.1% of the Federal Prison Population

How many atheists are in the U.S. federal prison system?

Is the percentage of atheists in prison more or less than what we’d find in the general population?

And are any of those numbers actually meaningful?

Two years ago, I set out to explore those questions. I found that self-described atheists made up an astonishingly-low 0.07% of the prison population, far less than anyone expected. (Though that percentage came with several caveats.)

I wanted to know if those numbers had changed at all since 2013, so earlier this summer, I filed another FOIA request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This time, I didn’t just ask for the religious demographics of all prisoners; I also requested a state-by-state breakdown. The information arrived earlier this week (broken down by individual prisons instead of states). You can see the raw data here along with a spreadsheet I created.

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Christian Business Will Shut Down Because Owners Refuse to Work with Newly-Unionized Employees

Gingrich Woodcraft, a Christian-owned business based in Ontario, will be closing up shop very soon for reasons having to do with the owners’ faith… but I’ve never heard this particular faith-based excuse until now:

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Only Five Politicians Got a Perfect Score on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Report Card

Only 5 members of Congress — all Democrats in the House — received an “A” grade on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Congressional Report Card.

First, the U.S. House of Representatives:

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Vice‘s Compelling New Interview with Raif Badawi’s Wife

If you’re unfamiliar with Raif Badawi. now would be a good time to catch up.

He’s the Saudi Arabian blogger who was punished in 2013 for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. his critics said that was insulting to Islam and eventually sentenced him to 10 years in jail and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000).

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