Pastafarian Driver’s License Issued in Tennessee

When Joy Camacho went to the DMV in Knoxville to renew her driver’s license, she was expecting more of a fight when it came to her right to wear a colander, the official garb of Pastafarians everywhere.

There was no battle whatsoever.

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1858 Scandal of Jewish Boy Kidnapped Under Pope Pius IX Will Become a Spielberg Film

A new movie project by producer Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner will thrust the story of a 19th-century religious kidnapping back into the limelight. The bizarre 1858 event first garnered the attention of an international audience in the months and years after it happened. The scandal has since been the subject of a book, a painting, several plays, and an opera.

It’s easy to see why. The story involves Pope Pius IX — who was, according to some, the de facto kidnapper — as well as Napoleon III of France and Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, who advocated on behalf of the stolen boy’s family.

Here are the facts of the case.

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Thanks to a College Atheist Group, There Are Now Displays Honoring Game of Thrones in the Wisconsin Capitol Building

The Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered something incredible when it came to putting up a display in the State Capitol: “Practically anyone can put anything they want in the Capitol.” All you had to do was fill out an application.

So they did. For three fictional groups, including two honoring gods from Game of Thrones:

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In Texas, Candidate Deemed Ineligible to Run by Opponent Due to His Alleged Atheism Easily Wins Runoff Election

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas. Normally, it’d be off my radar, but candidate Laura Pressley had posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar. She implied that his atheism was a problem:

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Christopher Hitchens Stood Tall, Even During a Sit-Down Lunch

Yesterday was the third anniversary of Christopher Hitchens‘ death, and Dave Pell told a lovely story about an encounter with Hitch that you’ll want to read:

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