A Glimpse at the Monument the Satanic Temple Wants to Place Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building

In 2012, Oklahoma state officials approved of a Ten Commandments monument being placed outside the capitol building. Last year, the Satanic Temple said they, too, wanted to donate a monument… a Hindu group soon followed.

Eventually, the state officials issued a moratorium on all monuments while they sorted out the legality of the original one. But that didn’t stop the Satanic Temple from raising money for their monument online. They wanted $20,000. They received $30,000. And we’re finally getting a glimpse of what their monument will look like:



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Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Lobby Day Takes Place Next Month

The Secular Coalition for America’s annual Lobby Day and Secular Summit will take place June 12-14 and the schedule is coming into place. Last year, both Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) spoke at the event and this year’s summit will hopefully feature a couple members of Congress (to be named later), too.



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Fundamentalist Christian Pastor Says That Women Only Want Birth Control So They Can Go Be Whores

Pastor Steven Anderson, as you might expect, has a problem with birth control. But the way he goes about railing against it is full if ignorance and nastiness, as you might except. Taking birth control, in his mind, is always a selfish decision made by whores.



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Preacher and Patheos Blogger Asks: “American Christians: Have You Lost Your Minds?”

Like my friend Benjamin Corey, I don’t know why the following two things aren’t the opposite of how conservative Christians think.

Asking critical questions about the Biblical case against homosexuality, as Dan Haseltine did (Haseltine is a prominent Christian who fronts the band Jars of Clay) … is an damnable act.

Saying we should happily waterboard (torture) Muslim prisoners of war as a way to “baptize them,” which is what Sarah Palin proposed … is fine.



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U.S. Senate Candidates in Iowa Unanimously Want a Litmus Test For Judges: Atheists Need Not Apply

GOP candidates tend to talk a good game about the Constitution. Too often, that’s all it is — talk.

Take the political forum that was held in Ankeny, Iowa last Friday, sponsored by the conservative Christian group Family Leader.

The GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate seat who appeared there said things that are so at odds with the Constitution, it’s hard to believe that they’ve actually read it, or that they’ve understood that the United States isn’t supposed to be a freakin’ theocracy.



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