Harlem Church Rails Against Obama, Muslims, “No-Honor” Blacks; Wishes “Cancer, HIV” on Gay-Friendly Believers

A friend from Europe took a stroll through Harlem, New York yesterday, and encountered this church sign on West 123rd Street.

All churches & members that support homos cursed be thou with cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness the itch then hell 1 Cor. 6:9

“Isn’t it nice, all those little church communities, each of them with their own vision of the surprises that God has in store for humanity,” my friend deadpanned.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 11: Billy Hallowell, TheBlaze.com

Our latest podcast guest is Billy Hallowell, faith and culture editor at TheBlaze.com (the site founded by Glenn Beck):

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Hindu Group Leader Urges Town of Greece (NY) to Not Exclude Atheists from Giving Invocations

In response to the Town of Greece (New York) changing their invocation policy to exclude non-religious speakers, Rajan Zed (below), President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, issued a press release Saturday condemning the Town Board and urging them to be more inclusive:

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An Indian State Just Found a Way to Make Blasphemy Laws Look Lenient

You thought blasphemy laws were bad? According to a new law in the Indian state of Karnataka, officials can arrest you before you’ve even done anything that might be considered blasphemous.

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“In God We Trust” Signs Will Go Up in Isle of Wight (VA) Schools

In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature passed a bill saying that all public schools had to put the statement “In God We Trust” somewhere where everyone could see it. They didn’t even refer to it as the “national motto” until later versions of the bill, which suggests this was all about pushing religion in the schools and had little to do with patriotism.

In Isle of Wight, school district officials say they were unaware of the legislation. (Like many bills that push religion in schools, the politicians don’t really care about enforcement; they just want to be able to say to voters that they were able to pass the legislation.) But they’re aware of it now. They received a donation of signs from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars and plan to put them up when the school year begins:

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