Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Saskatchewan Premier Says His Province’s Legislature Will Keep Praying at Meetings

Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the city of Saguenay in Quebec could not have Catholic prayers at meetings (as was tradition). While the decision was a welcome one, it was also narrow, applying only to Saguenay. What about other cities with religious invocations?

They’re already testing the law in Oshawa, Ontario, where the mayor says prayers will continue.

And the same thing is happening in Saskatchewan, where Premier Brad Wall (below) says prayers will remain in the legislature:



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Dr. Oz Says He Will Address Critics in Special Episode of His Show This Week

CNN’s Brian Stelter reports that Dr. Mehmet Oz will air a special episode of his show this Thursday in order to respond to allegations that he’s “promoting quack treatments and cures.”

It comes on the heels of a letter written by several top doctors to Columbia University urging school officials to distance themselves from Dr. Oz, who holds a faculty position there.



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Here’s Part Two of a Secretly-Videotaped Jehovah’s Witness Apostasy Trial

Last week, I posted video of a Jehovah’s Witness apostasy trial. Isaac had criticized some of the Church’s teachings and this was his last chance to explain himself. (If disfellowshipped, Isaac’s friends and family members still in the Church would be prohibited from ever speaking to him again.)

Part two of his hidden camera video is now online.



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CBS Sunday Morning Airs Terrific Segment on Atheism in America

CBS Sunday Morning aired an excellent segment this morning on the Openly Secular campaign and the difficulties of coming out as an atheist whether it’s due to skin color, geography, or just plain fear.

My friend Neil Carter, who blogs at Godless in Dixie, was featured in it (and did an excellent job). So was philanthropist Todd Stiefel (below) and Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers.



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Mike Huckabee: The Military is Too Hostile to Christians, So Don’t Enlist Until Obama Leaves Office

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, who says he’ll announce whether or not he’ll run for President on May 5, made news for an entirely different reason on Friday.

Rather than encourage people to enlist in the military — something you’d think any presidential candidate would advocate — Huckabee told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson that prospective soldiers should hold off for a couple of years because the military is too anti-Christian right now.



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