In The Ides of March, George Clooney Plays a Non-Religious Governor Running for President…

George Clooney‘s new movie The Ides of March opens this Friday. In it, he plays Mike Morris, a sitting governor who’s running for president. Ryan Gosling plays his campaign strategist: From what I can tell, the movie doesn’t make a big deal about this, but I will: Clooney is described as “an agnostic or atheist [Read More...]

Turkish Cartoonist Faces a Year in Prison for ‘Blasphemous’ Cartoon

This was the cartoon published by Turkish cartoonist Bahadır Baruter in the weekly humor magazine “Penguen”: The guy on the phone is talking to God, “asking to be pardoned from the last part of the prayer because he has errands to run.” More importantly, the part circled in red is a somewhat-hidden message that says [Read More...]

28 Members of Congress Don’t Believe in God

Paul Harris at The Guardian (UK) has an article about how the rise of atheism in recent years is putting the ‘religious right on the defensive’… and he got this quotation from Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America: So far just one member of Congress, Californian Democrat Pete Stark, has admitted that [Read More...]

Church-or-Jail Program in Alabama Now Being Reconsidered…

What happens when your plan to give non-violent criminals the option of going to church instead of jail makes its way into the media? Everyone complains. The media calls. You realize this plan isn’t going to go under-the-radar like you had hoped. That’s why Police Chief Michael Rowland in Bay Minette, Alabama is reconsidering his [Read More...]

Churchgoing Christians in Alabama Are Literally Getting a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

If you’re a non-violent criminal in Bay Minette, Alabama, you now have an option for how you’d like to handle your punishment: Stay behind bars… or attend the church of your choice. Operation Restore Our Community or “ROC”…begins next week. The city judge will either let [misdemeanor] offenders work off their sentences in jail and [Read More...]


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