After Battle With Terminal Illness, “Heaven Over Hospital” Child Dies at Home (As She Requested)

A terminally ill five-year-old who said she wouldn’t want to go to the hospital if things got really bad passed away this week. Julianna Snow died in her home, surrounded by the people she loved.

But was it unfair for her parents to tell her that her choices were “Heaven” or “hospital”? A lot of critics say so.

I’m not buying it.



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Atheist Group Will Offer Free Secular Memorial Services for Families of Orlando Nightclub Victims

Members of the Central Florida Freethought Community have spent the past couple of days trying to figure out what they could do to help people affected by the recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. They knew they could make donations and give blood, but was there anything unique they could bring to the table to help people?

Yes there was. While we’re all aware that the shooter was Muslim, we haven’t heard much about the religious beliefs of the 49 victims. Given that they were obviously LGBT individuals or allies, there’s reason to believe many of them were non-religious.

And that’s why CFFC will be offering free secular memorial services for their families:

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Right-winger David Frum Wrote a Stellar Debunking of Christopher Hitchens’ “Deathbed Conversion”

As Christopher Hitchens was slipping into death, did he embrace Christianity? As we’ve seen, that calumny is being peddled in Larry Alex Taunton‘s new book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.

Condemnations of Taunton’s psychic grave robbery flew fast and furious… and now right-wing darling David Frum has written the best takedown yet.

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Bangladeshi Counterterrorism Official Says He Knows Who’s Killing Atheist Bloggers

Over the past year or so, we’ve seen the deaths of several prominent atheists, friends of atheists, and alleged atheists. That list includes Dr. Avijit Roy (February, 2015), Washiqur Rahman (March, 2015), Ananta Bijoy Das (May, 2015), Niloy Neel (August), publisher of Roy’s books Faisal Arefin Dipon (October), and Nazimuddin Samad (April).

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While various Islamic militants have been arrested and charged with the crimes, it wasn’t always clear if they were part of an organized effort to kill the atheists or if they were independent extremists acting of their own accord.

The New York Times is now reporting that there’s been a breakthrough: We now know who’s organizing the killings:

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Christian Minister Writes Poem About How Muhammad Ali is Burning in Hell for Not Accepting Jesus

Bert M. Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has a message for those mourning the death of boxer Muhammad Ali: If you don’t turn to Jesus, then you, too, will burn in Hell.

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