An Atheist Member of the Arizona House of Representatives Delivered a Godless Invocation Today

Juan Mendez, a 28-year-old Democratic State Representative from Tempe, Arizona, got elected this past November. Somehow, this bit of information on his Facebook page slipped under our community’s collective radar:

Say what now?!

But if his atheism wasn’t publicly known before, it is now. Earlier today, Mendez did something we’ve rarely seen from any elected official in any state: He delivered an invocation before the House began its afternoon session in which he honored his Secular Humanism:

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Asked by Wolf Blitzer if She Thanked God for Surviving the Tornado, Oklahoma Woman Responds: ‘I’m Actually An Atheist’

On today’s Situation Room on CNN, Wolf Blitzer interviewed a woman named Rebecca Vitsmun whose family survived the Oklahoma tornado. At one point yesterday, her husband was driving home and worried that something might have happened to Rebecca and their 19-month-old son Anders, but there was no reason to worry; Rebecca left the house as soon as she heard the weather was getting really bad and everyone is safe. Their house may be in ruins, but their family is intact.

Things got a little awkward at the end of the interview, though, when Blitzer asked her if she thanked God that she left her house in time:

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Church Celebrates Marriage Equality With Rainbow Communion Bread

Revolution Church, a liberal congregation in Minneapolis, served rainbow-colored communion bread at services recently to celebrate Minnesota passing marriage equality.

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John Piper’s Insensitive, Careless Tweet

Preacher/Theologian John Piper is one of those guys who gets off on telling women that God has a special role for them: to be subservient to their husbands and never in a position of authority. He’s one of those guys atheists salivate over because every time he says something, the pendulum moves a bit closer to our side.

So when he started tweeting last night in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado that killed dozens of people (so far), people like Nate Pyle were ready to take screenshots. Good thing, too, because he caught a tweet that has since been deleted:

It’s that middle one that raised Nate’s eyebrow:

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Westboro Baptist Church: Oklahoma Tornado is the Result of Kevin Durant Affirming Jason Collins’ Homosexuality

Last month, NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay.

NBA superstar Kevin Durant (of the Oklahoma City Thunder), when asked for comment, said this:

“If the guy’s happy, whatever he does, that’s cool with me,” Thunder star Kevin Durant said at Monday’s shootaround. “Jason Collins, playing against him, seems like a great guy. Never got the chance to know him. But if he’s happy, that’s cool. Nobody has any right to judge. He’s his own man. Makes his own decisions. As NBA players, it’s like a big group of guys, kind of like a brotherhood. I know I support him. Like I said, I don’t really know him, so whatever decision he makes is something he really thought was good for him. Nothing nobody else can say about him. As long as he’s happy, it’s cool.”

So obviously — obviously — that’s why a tornado just hit Moore, Oklahoma… according to Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps, Jr. (son of the church’s founder):

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