Boy Scouts Will Soon Have to “Tell” Troop Leaders How They Have Done Their “Duty to God”

We already knew the Boy Scouts of America was a religious organization. The Scout Oath has a line about how “I will do my best / To do my duty to God,” the Scout Law includes “reverent” as a quality worth having, and open atheists have been systematically kicked out of the organization. The fact that it took until very recently for the BSA to accept both gay scouts and gay leaders has everything to do with religious opposition within its membership.

But now, beginning next year, all scouts will be required to “tell” how they’ve done their duty to God. Forget being a closeted atheist. That means you can’t even be questioning your faith anymore.



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Creationist Claims Richard Dawkins Isn’t a “Real” Scientist and Should Stop Criticizing Dr. Ben Carson

In an excellent interview with Fareed Zakaria on Friday night, Richard Dawkins lamented all the Republican candidates who reject evolution, rightfully calling it a “disgrace.” He threw them a bit of a bone by saying he didn’t think they were all that ignorant; they were probably just pandering to their base.

The most specific criticism, though, was reserved for Dr. Ben Carson. As a skilled doctor, Dawkins argued, he should be first in line defending science, not disregarding the evidence in favor of primitive, biblical thinking.

That’s the part that infuriated Creationist Ken Ham.



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As Usual, Survey Shows Religion in Decline, Especially Among Millennials

The Pew Research Center just released a new report building off of their landmark 2014 Religious Landscape Study and focusing on the changes in religious beliefs among Americans.

As usual, the momentum is on our side.



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New York Times Reveals How Religious Arbitration Cases Work Against the Powerless

For the past couple of days, the New York TimesJessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff have been reporting on the nature of arbitration in lieu of courts when it comes to settling a dispute. In general, there have been a lot of cases where arbiters, already cozy with the companies they’re supposed to judge, side with the companies (who’d have thunk?) even when the evidence points in the other direction.

In the final part of the series, the reporters focus on religious arbitration, when Scripture supersedes secular law:



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In Video, Young Afghan Woman Who Eloped with Her Lover is Stoned to Death by Taliban

In a part of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, a roughly-20-year-old woman by the name of Rokhsahana was stoned to death for the crime of eloping with a man in order to escape the future husband her parents had picked out for her.



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