Mizzou Cancels Church Bulletin Discount for Upcoming Volleyball Game; Now, Everyone Can Attend for Free

Yesterday, I posted about a possibly illegal discount for Christians the University of Missouri was offering for an upcoming women’s volleyball game. Anyone who brought in a church bulletin would get free admission.

At some point, maybe after being alerted to the legal concerns, they also offered printable vouchers that anybody could bring in for free admission. Yet, the Christian discount — now completely unnecessary — remained in place:



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Finally, Some Positive Coverage of Atheists Coming to Town from a Local News Station

The Carolinas Secular Conference is taking place this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the local Fox affiliate ran two separate segments on the atheists coming to town.

Usually, news anchors talking about atheism is a prelude to several cringe-worthy moments, but they actually did a nice job with the two segments. I especially liked Western North Carolina Humanists President Jennifer Lovejoy‘s responses in the second clip below:



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Bill Maher Criticizes Yale Atheist Group for Not Supporting Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In a rant on last night’s Real Time, Bill Maher joked about the teen accused of desecration because of his blowjob-Jesus picture, expressed his frustration with the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics for joining the anti-Ayaan Hirsi Ali crowd in advance of her recent speech at the school, and argued that liberals who hold little back when going after American bigots shouldn’t become cowards when it comes to criticizing barbaric practices in the Islamic world.



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Israeli Cult Leader Goel Ratzon Is Convicted of Rape; Fathered Six of His Own Grandchildren

What kind of a person do you have to be to get taken in and abused by a religious cult?

According to a piece in The Jerusalem Post that cites Britain’s Cult Information Center,

[P]eople in cults tend to be “intelligent, idealistic, well-educated, economically advantaged, intellectually or spiritually curious, and any age.”

Then again (in a bit of a contradiction),

Cult recruitment techniques work equally effectively on PhD holders or high-school drop-outs.

The paper also notes that

The Haredi world, with its emphasis on belief in a charismatic leader, complete obedience and discipline, leaves many of those searching for a deeper religious experience particularly susceptible.

As an example, there’s the incredible case of Goel Ratzon, a serial sex abuser who recently got his comeuppance.



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A Look Inside Focus on the Family’s New Guide for Oblivious Christian Parents Teaching Their Kids About Homosexuality

Focus on the Family has released a mind-boggling “resource” that you simply cannot overlook.

How to Talk To Your Children About Homosexuality,” a gem of a packet by Jeff Johnston, is split into sections for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and kids 12 and over.

A quick caveat: Focus on the Family wants you to know that this is NOT for parents who actually have (*gasp*) LGBT children. Should you find yourself in that situation, there’s a hotline you can call for urgent assistance. I wish I were kidding, but this is literally printed on the first page:

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