Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Disparages Atheists

Members of the Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti (UAAR), an Italian atheist group, sent the following letter to their President regarding the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini (translated): Dear Mr. President, We had occasion to read an extremely incendiary article that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, wrote on 22 October [Read More...]

Did the Congresswoman Say ‘Under God’ in the Pledge?

Betty McCollum is a Democrat running for re-election in Minnesota’s 4th congressional district. It looks like she’s going to win her seat back, but not before a last-second attack from her opponent. The attacks comes courtesy of an 8-year-old video of McCollum leading the Pledge of Allegiance in the House of Representatives. It turns out [Read More...]

The True History of American Church/State Separation

Think you know the history of separation of church and state? Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article on the subject by Kenneth C. Davis — he argues that our knowledge of that doctrine contains a lot more myth than we think: From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a [Read More...]

Those Militant Catholic Bloggers

This is really what the Catholic Church needs right now: A group of people trying to make Catholicism even less inclusive. The Associated Press reports that conservative Catholic bloggers are trying to hold the church more accountable: Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the [Read More...]

I Guess I’m Not Allowed to Get Married?

We know a lot of candidates for Congress are opposed to gay marriage, but Ted Danz, a Republican running against incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko in the Albany, NY area, might be going even further (emphasis mine): I am opposed to same sex marriage. Marriage is a term that should only be used to define the [Read More...]