Massachusetts Judge Rejects Bishops’ Conscience Exemption

In a decision handed down Friday, a district court in Massachusetts held that the Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to allow the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops to impose religious restrictions on disbursement of federal funds. The program provided assistance to victims of human trafficking but the HHS allowed the bishops to [Read More…]

Watch Out for Those Atheist Extremists

It’s reminiscent of this image from, but The Oatmeal points out how the word “extremist” is pretty relative… The full cartoon is here. Bonus points for “Tesla > Edison.” (Thanks to Ryan for the link!) [Read more…]

This Is Your Brain…

On Monday, the Oklahoma House approved a resolution to adopt “In God We Trust” as the state’s official motto. This resolution replaces the perfectly cromulent Latin phrase “Labor Omnia Vincit” or “Labor Conquers All Things” found on the state seal as described in the original constitution and long assumed to be the state motto. Unfortunately, [Read More…]

Gallup: ‘32% of Americans are Nonreligious’

Gallup has just released its list of the most religious states and the least religious states in the country — all based on how people categorized themselves between the options of “Very religious,” “Moderately religious,” and “Nonreligious.” In 2009, the last time they released a survey like this, the question was “Is religion an important [Read More…]

Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen to Good People?

The video may be disturbing for the first 0:35, but the conversation after that is well worth listening to: The responses you get from Christian apologists regarding why God lets bad things happen to good people are never very good, are they? The caption for the video summarizes it well: If the Abrahamic God is [Read More…]