Should All Churches Be Considered Charities?

A group of Parliament members (MPs) led by Tory backbencher Peter Bone have voted 166 to 7 in favor of altering the law to ensure that all religions and churches are treated as charities in the UK. It comes in response to two recent Charity Commission cases in which the commission award charitable status to a Pagan group including druids, but denied it to a church hall in Devon which is run by a Brethren assembly. Bone told the House of Commons that it is “necessary to toughen up the law to protect other Christian groups, such as the Salvation Army and even the Church of England”:

The repercussions of such a ruling could have a disastrous effect on religious institutions and the excellent work they do in the charity sector. Is Judaism, the Catholic Church or even the Church of England itself going to come under pressure to prove their public benefit?

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Seen Inside the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda

Yesterday, the Springfield Area Freethinkers put up the following sign in the Capitol Rotunda:

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The Pope Uses His Christmas Speech to Criticize the Push for Gay Rights

We are quickly coming up on Christmas.  Everyone is setting aside their little differences in the spirit of peace and love for our fellow humans.  The Pope made his annual speech to the Vatican bureaucracy, and it was filled with words of love, compassion, and understand of  all people, regardless of their race, creed, color, or sexual orientation.

LOL, JK! The Popetalked about how gay people are the worst. [Read more...]

National Rifle Association Calls for Dramatic Expansion of the U.S. Police State

The National Rifle Association has finally broken its silence and issued a formal comment on the Newtown massacre. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” declared president Wayne LaPierre this morning, urging Congress to “act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="550"]Wayne LaPierre (via Hollywood Reporter)[/caption]
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Texas Politician Proposes Bill to Protect Teachers Who Say ‘Merry Christmas’

Dwayne Bohac is a Republican state legislator in Texas so you *know* he’s full of great ideas.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="250"]Vote for me: I saved Christmas[/caption]

His most recent? Filing a bill that would allow public school teachers to say “Merry Christmas” without punishment. Because, apparently, they sue you in Texas if you say that… [Read more...]


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