The New York Times has a devastating article about how Catholic Church leaders in Los Angeles covered up abuse and protected priests from punishment: [Read more...]
If you want to join the Air Cadet Organisation (in the UK), you will have to say this oath at your graduation ceremony:
I, Cadet [Full Name], hereby solemnly promise on my honour to serve my Unit loyally and to be faithful to my obligations as a member of the Air Training Corps. I further promise to be a good citizen and to do my duty to God and the Queen, my Country and my Flag.
From earlier today, Mark Driscoll remains as classy as ever, pretending the President isn’t a Christian.
Praying for our president, who today will place his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.
— Mark Driscoll (@PastorMark) January 21, 2013
I can’t tell if that’s more or less demeaning than flat-out calling him a Muslim… [Read more...]
A Plethora of Problems Dear Richard, I am a senior in high school, and, unknown to nearly everyone, I’m an atheist. My parents don’t know, most of my closest friends don’t know, and no one at Church knows. I was not very diligent about covering my ideas early on in my atheism, and this makes [Read More...]
This weekend, the New York Times uncovered a popular, if ethically questionable, tax credit program gaining traction in Georgia. The program transforms state money into scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools — including many heavily religious schools where strict policies keep out LGBT students.
The program supposedly seeks to limit conflicts of church and state because the scholarship money is “collected and distributed” by nonprofit organizations rather than being directly funneled from the state to the schools.
The Southern Education Foundation counts that at least 115 religious schools in Georgia have “severe antigay policies,” with the actual number likely being much higher; public information about the scholarship program is limited by law, and oversight is minimal. [Read more...]