About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.

Christian Employee Seeks Appeal for Refusing to Work on Sundays

Devout Christian Celestina Mba is pursuing legal action after being let go from a job for refusing to work on Sunday.

Even though the former caretaker lost her case in a lower court, she is now taking it to the court of appeals. Her success could introduce a whole new set of religious “rights” into the workplace, including days off for any religious group that claims it:

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After Teen Finds Diamond, She Names It After the Person Who Helped Her Find it: God

Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Over 75,000 diamonds have been found at this site since its discovery in 1906 — and on Saturday, another diamond was found.

14-year-old Tana Clymer discovered a 3.85-carat diamond, making it the 396th found this year. The teen had this to say about her discovery, which could be worth tens of thousands of dollars:



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Mormon Women Turned Away from All-Male Conference on Priesthood

Members of the group Ordain Woman, an organization dedicated to gender equality within Mormonism, were recently barred from a convention concerning male priesthood because, well, they’re heretics.

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Nebraska’s Supreme Court Has Rejected a Foster Child’s Request for An Abortion

On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court refused a 16-year-old girl’s request for an abortion. The girl, who is a ward of the state after being taken away from her abusive parents, lacks a guardian who can provide the required parental consent, leaving her in a legal limbo.

According to the ruling, the judges voted 5-2 against her because she was unable to prove that “she is sufficiently mature and well informed to decide on her own whether to have an abortion.”
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Saudi Arabia’s Moral Police: We Need to Stop Arresting Women for Driving Because That’s Not Really a Crime

Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have been warned by the Saudi Police to not “interpret cases or commit offenses related to the prosecution of women on charges of driving cars” as it is a social, not legal, restriction that women not be allowed to drive cars in the country:

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