Is Christianity Toxic in Manhattan? This Summer, New York’s Museum of Biblical Art Will Be Closing For Good

Ever been to the Museum of Biblical Art, a Manhattan space that “celebrates and interprets art inspired by the Bible”? Better make it quick. After 10 years, the place is just months away from closing its doors.

MOBIA opened under the auspices of the American Bible Society, an organization devoted to Bible translation and distribution. In 2005, it spun off into its current entity, an independent secular and scholarly museum devoted to examining the Bible’s influence on Western art. But it has never been able to shake off its association with the Christian ministry, from which it still receives important support, including $1 annual rent on its gallery spaces and offices near Columbus Circle. The ABS’s impending move to Philadelphia would have required the museum to find a new home in Manhattan, at a cost of at least $1.5 million a year.

The association with the Jesus faith — something that Slate calls “that pesky aroma of Christianity” — was likely toxic to the museum’s long-term health.



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New Zealand Church Kicks Out Tai Chi Class for Elderly Women for Threatening Members’ “Spiritual Wellbeing”

For the past five years, about twenty older women (many with arthritis) have met in Central Southland Presbyterian Parish to practice tai chi. It’s a great form of exercise and the space was perfect.

But last month, the group leader was told she needed to get the hell out of the church. Why?

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These Courageous Egyptian Atheists Have Launched a YouTube Channel

Last year, a YouTube channel was created with content aimed directly at a Middle Eastern viewing audience. Free Mind TV is edited and produced in the U.S., but it’s filmed in a secret location in Egypt, using a green screen to fake a larger studio.

Ex-Muslim host Ahmed Harqan hopes the show can reach other viewers in a place where it’s increasingly difficult to be an open atheist.



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U.S Court of Appeals Rules Against Santa Monica (CA) Christian Group in Years-Long Nativity Scene Battle

In 2011, in Santa Monica, California, several people entered a lottery to determine who would get to put up holiday displays in the 21 lots available in Palisades Park. Traditionally, the spaces always ended up in the hands of Christians because no one else wanted them.

But that year, most of the applicants were atheists. When all was said and done, they won an astonishing 18 of 21 spaces. Christians won 2 of the remaining spots and a Jewish person won 1.

These are some of the signs the atheists put up:



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Anti-Gay Rep. Randy Boehning, Republican of North Dakota, Is Outed After He Trolls For Men On Grindr

Move over, Ted Haggard, George Rekers, and Larry Craig.

North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning (R) has come out as a member of the LGBT community after he was caught sending explicit photos on a gay dating app.

Boehning, who voted against a bill earlier this month that would extend housing, workplace and other protections to LGBT North Dakota residents, revealed … this week that he is attracted to both men and women.



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