Attention U.S. Christians: You Have One Year To Leave the Country

End Times radio host Rick Wiles, who last year told his listeners that ebola might just cure America’s atheism problem, has determined that it’s now too late. Things are simply futile if you’re a U.S. Christian. Not even ebola can fix it. All that Christians can do at this terrible time in history is to “flee America” — but luckily it’s a slowly-unfolding emergency, so Jesus followers still have a year to “get out.”

You can probably guess who’s to blame.

Wiles warned that the [President Obama] is “a man of destruction, darkness and evil” and will “destroy this nation too.”



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President Ronald Reagan’s Son Complains After His Brother Says He’s “Not Afraid of Burning in Hell” in TV Ad

It’s not a secret that President Ronald Reagan‘s son, Ron Reagan, is a vocal atheist.

In November of 2013, he taped a radio ad in which he proclaimed his godlessness and advocated for the Freedom From Religion Foundation:



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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a None, Cozies Up To Faith Communities, Including Baby-Penis-Sucking Hasids

When Bill de Blasio became New York’s mayor, he was touted — or excoriated, depending on who you ask — as “perhaps the nation’s most visible ‘none’.”

Oddly, Hizzonner has since gone out of his way to placate religious groups. Describing himself as not religious but “spiritual,”

Mr. de Blasio has been emerging as something unexpected: a champion of religion whose administration has advanced the cause of faith groups in the unlikeliest of public squares.

In Mr. de Blasio’s New York, public prekindergarten classes will soon be able to include a midday break for observant students to pray. Schools will be closed citywide for two Muslim holy days [I wrote about that here, TF]. He is poised to relax health regulations governing a controversial circumcision ritual that is favored by some ultra-Orthodox Jews. And the mayor says he is intent on finding a way for church groups to continue holding services in public schools on weekends, even as the United States Supreme Court could decide as early as next week to take up a case about whether the city has the right to prohibit the practice.



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No, Oklahoma Isn’t About To Forbid Atheists from Marrying

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the overturning of Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban in October, social conservatives in that state have been looking for new ways to sabotage equality. And you have to hand it to Oklahoma Rep. Todd Russ: this one is at least moderately creative.

Introduced by Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), House Bill 1125 would end state-issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage certificates as an alternative. It passed through the Oklahoma state House by a 67-24 margin on March 10.

The bill would replace all references to marriages “licenses” in state law with “certificates.” The legislation would not invalidate any marriage licenses issued prior to the bill being passed.

So what does that do?

First let’s look at what it doesn’t do. Many media (the Independent, Metro, the Voice, Reddit, Progressive Secular Humanist) have reported that H.B. 1125 will prevent atheists from getting married.

But I read the bill, and that’s really not what you find when you get to the relevant part of it, section 7, which says

The preacher, minister, priest, rabbi, or ecclesiastical dignitary who is a resident of this state shall have filed, in the office of the court clerk of the county in which he or she resides, a copy of the credentials or authority from his or her church or synagogue authorizing him or her to solemnize marriages.



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The Courthouse at the Center of the Scopes Monkey Trial May Soon Get a Statue of Lawyer Clarence Darrow

The Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee is famous for hosting the legendary Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. (Quick summary: Substitute teacher John Scopes was charged with teaching evolution, which was illegal in that state at the time. He was found guilty and fined $100.)

The two prominent lawyers in the trial were William Jennings Bryan, arguing for the state, and Clarence Darrow representing Scopes. (If you haven’t seen Inherit the Wind yet, stop reading this post and go do that.)

Anyway, outside the courthouse today stands this statue of Bryan, which went up in 2005:

As you might imagine, they still love Bryan in that area. It’s one of those places where acceptance of evolution is still seen as heretical in many circles.

But now there’s a push for the courthouse to include a similar statue of Clarence Darrow:

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