Egyptian “Council of Churches” Will Hold Meeting This Week to Discuss How to Combat Atheism

Finally — finally! — religious leaders in Egypt are going to figure out how to combat all those vicious atheists in the country:

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Quebec Government Grants Certificate Allowing Raif Badawi to Live There… If He Can Get Out of Saudi Arabia

Now that the Saudi Supreme Court has upheld Raif Badawi‘s punishment of 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000) for the crime of “insulting” Islam, there’s a looming question of what, if anything, can be done to rescue him.

On Friday, his flogging was delayed (yet again, thank goodness) for some unknown reason. But until he’s freed entirely, there’s still reason to worry.

In the meantime, I’m happy to say that the government of Quebec has now taken the necessary steps to bring Badawi to their country:

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State Officials in North Carolina Can Now Use Religion as an Excuse to Get Out of Conducting Gay Weddings

Lazy clerks and religious bigots in North Carolina got some great news this week.

On the other hand, the Republican legislature handed a rather raw deal to gay couples, those who support equality and actual freedom of religion, and taxpayers who prefer that government officials do the jobs they’re paid to do.

On Thursday, the North Carolina House, following the lead of the Senate, voted to override Governor Pat McCrory‘s veto of the “religious freedom” bill, SB 2, that allows magistrates to refuse to officiate weddings if they object on the basis of deeply held religious beliefs.

Essentially, the faith-based personal opinions of public officials in North Carolina now count as legal excuses to not do their jobs.

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Atheist Comedian Eddie Izzard: I’m Running for Mayor of London in 2020

Well, if an atheist wants to run for elected office, doing it overseas is probably a good bet.

Comedian Eddie Izzard (who performed at the 2012 Reason Rally) said in an interview that he plans to run for Mayor of London in 2020:

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Michigan Law Now Lets State-Funded Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against Gay Parents

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sign into law a trio of bills allowing religious adoption agencies that contract with the state to say to prospective parents, “You can’t adopt this child because you’re gay.”

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