Kansas City Star Reports on Growing Atheist Communities

The Kansas City Star has an excellent — and long — article up about the Kansas City Oasis, a local community for freethinkers:

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Measles Carrier Infects Children at Disneyland… Including Infants Who Were Too Young To Get a Shot

An anti-vaxxer (or a no-vaxxer, or a child of either one) seems to have inadvertently infected kids at America’s premier amusement park, says IFL Science.

Nine cases of measles have so far been recorded in an outbreak in California and Utah, and the number is expected to rise. It is thought that many of the infections were transmitted at Disneyland. Predictably, most of those who have become sick were not vaccinated. Infuriatingly, two of them were children who were too young to get the measles shots, rather than being the children of vaccine opponents.

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Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens Speak About Their Supreme Court Case

Last October, the plaintiffs in the Town of Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court case, Susan Galloway (who’s Jewish) and Linda Stephens (who’s an atheist), spoke at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention. It was a few months after the Court’s bone-headed 5-4 decision to allow sectarian invocations at government meetings. Still, for their efforts, they were awarded with the title “Freethinkers of the Year”:

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To Improve Traffic Safety, Russia Says Transgender People No Longer Qualify for Licenses

We’re used to hearing the LGBT community blamed for a lot of things.

An earthquake strikes? Some pious bigot will invoke God’s wrath against homosexuals.

Birds die? A True Believer will clue you into it being gay people wanting marriage rights that did it.

Hurricane Katrina? There’s a homophobe waiting to remind you: gay parade, duh.

Volcanic eruptions? Yeah, still gay people.

Ebola? Also gay people.

9/11? Also, apparently, the fault of LGBT people, according to some bloviating believers.

There are many more examples where those came from. In fact, there’s not much that gets attributed to LGBT folks that surprises me anymore, no matter how absurd. But, I have to admit, Russia managed to find one.

Traffic accidents.

Yeah, for real (I wish I was joking). According to the Russian government, transgender and transsexual people suffer from disorders that contribute to high accident rates.

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Student Accuses Teacher of Banning Bible in Classroom… but Principal Says It Never Happened

12-year-old Loyal Grandstaff loves his Bible. So you can imagine how miffed he felt when his teacher at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, Missouri told him he wasn’t allowed to read it in school:

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