Why Are Choirs in the Portland Public Schools Performing at a Catholic Shrine?

Students in the Portland Public Schools (Oregon) perform at The Grotto every year during the Festival of Lights that takes place during December. But that’s coming to an end this year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out The Grotto is essentially an arm of the Catholic Church. It’s hardly a secular event.

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ESPN’s Outside the Lines Discusses Arian Foster’s Atheism

Yesterday, ESPN’s Outside the Lines focused on NFL star Arian Foster and his atheism. While most of the segment was a recap of the story by ESPN The Magazine‘s Tim Keown, you may want to check out the conversation starting at the 1:20 timestamp about Foster’s college days. Foster, while at Tennessee, didn’t want to attend team-building exercises at churches, and he felt it hurt his standing on the team.

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Christian Cross Atop Kentucky Water Tower Must Come Down

What the hell is the town of Wilmore, Kentucky thinking by doing this with the water tower?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation would love to know:

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Six Things to Know About Bristol Palin’s (Latest) Birth Control Freak Out

Bristol Palin is freaking out again. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, but in this instance, the single mother partway through her second pregnancy has really outdone herself:

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Five Things I Learned at the Mothman Festival

I used to go to church every Sunday morning. Last week, I did something rather different: I went to the Mothman Festival.

The Mothman Festival happens every year in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Legends of the Mothman first started in 1966. Locals told tales of a large, winged creature with glowing red eyes. Some say the Mothman predicted the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, a disaster that took the lives of 46 people in 1967, exactly 13 months after the creature first supposedly appeared.

In 2002, The Mothman Prophecies, a story loosely based on those events, became a hit film, and the festival became an annual event. A tribute statue to Mothman was created in 2003. It stands proudly in the middle of the town and inspires pilgrimages among crypto-zoologists, reminiscent of the journey a devout Catholic might take to seek out a sacred statue of the Virgin Mary.

Even as a skeptic, I have a particular fondness for the Mothman Prophecies film. Coming from a very restrictive religion with little tolerance for most movies, it was one of the first supernatural thrillers I’d ever watched in my life. When I found out there was a festival, I just had to check it out for myself.

Here are some things I learned while I was there:

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