Iowa Lawmaker Invites Wiccan Priestess to Deliver Invocation in State House

With so many stories on this site about non-Christians being denied the chance to deliver invocations at government meetings, it’s always nice to highlight an instance where it’s done right.

Iowa State Rep. Liz Bennett has invited Wiccan priestess Deborah Maynard (below) to give the opening invocation on April 9:



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Atheist Comedian Ian Harris is Performing in Chicago Later This Week

I’ve posted before about comedian Ian Harris, whose material includes several bits about science and religion:



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A Simple Way for Atheists to Help Ex-Muslims

I was giving a talk in Vancouver yesterday and also had the pleasure of hearing Armin Navabi share his journey from Islam to atheism. Navabi is the founder of Atheist Republic, a forum for non-believers, and he recently wrote about why it’s so important for former Muslims to share their stories:



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The Trouble with Teaching Evolution When You’re Surrounded by Creationists

University of Kentucky Biology Professor James J. Krupa has a tough job because, well, he teaches science in Ken Ham Country. In an article for Orion, he explained why he defends Darwin despite the opposition:



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Ohio Couple Joins Cacophony of Psychics Claiming (Without Proof) They Help Law Enforcement Find Missing People

An Ohio psychic talk show host and his wife, both professional mediums and “psychic investigators,” were profiled rather unskeptically this week in the Kenyon College newspaper.

Beth Deering (below), who says she “can see angels and demons,”

… has been asked to be present at the hospital beds of the terminally ill, “as they’re crossing over,” she said. “I see what they’re experiencing. I’ve seen heaven, I’ve seen Jesus Christ.”



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