Comedian W. Kamau Bell: ‘Atheism is Like the Highest Level of White Privilege’

On a recent episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, the host moderated a debate on God’s existence between atheist comedian Jamie Kilstein and Christian John Fugelsang:

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I Have a Soft Spot in My Heart for the Teen Exorcists

Watching these three young ladies — Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback – interact and chit-chat, I have surprisingly mixed feelings:

They believe they can exorcise demons and they demonstrate their “talents” in front of massive, global audiences. And while I think their beliefs are crazy weird, I see a bit of my own teen self in them.

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Minnesota Catholic School Fires Second Gay Teacher In a Year

For 18 years, Kristen Ostendorf worked as a teacher at Totino-Grace High School in Minnesota in relative silence: she didn’t tell anyone that she is gay. But after she finally came out to her colleagues last month, her work at the Catholic school immediately came to an end.

43-year-old Ostendorf told the MinnPost that during a workshop of 120 teachers in late August, she blurted out, “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” The next day she was asked to resign, having broken the Catholic school’s code of conduct barring any public speech or actions that contradict the Church’s teachings. When she refused, she was promptly fired.

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Richard Dawkins (Sincerely) Reads the Bible for ‘Sheer Literary Pleasure’

In a “By the Book” interview for this weekend’s New York Times‘s Sunday Book Review, Richard Dawkins elaborates on his favorite books, authors, and characters:

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Keep Women Out of Higher Education, Says Catholic Writer

Welcome to “Jeopardy!: Special Edition.” What’s special about it? Instead of one clue, you’re getting three! Let’s begin.

I’ll take Stunning Sexism for $600, Terry!

You got it. Ready? (1) If your daughter goes here, she will attract the wrong types of men, (2) she will succumb to an inherently sinful environment, and (3) she will regret it.

What is a crack den?

Oh, too bad. I’m sorry. The correct answer is, “What is college?”

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The most recent religiously-inspired advice to keep women from going to college comes courtesy of Raylan Alleman (below, with his helper wife Missy), the co-founder of the Catholic website Fix the Family. And I haven’t done him justice, because Ray actually has eight reasons, not just three, to deny a higher education to the ladies. You can read all of them here.

The gist of it is, in part, that even if the women excel in college, they’ll attract irresponsible, lazy, mooching men who’ll want to marry them. (For some reason, women are unable to resist the type, I guess.)

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