Rolling Stone Chronicles a Christian Youth Cult That Crumbled Under Delusions, Illicit Sex, and a Possible Murder

It’s impossible, in this space, to do justice to the breadth and depth of religious insanity that writer Jeff Tietz chronicles in this riveting 9,300-word Rolling Stone story. But in a nutshell, the piece is about the suicide — perhaps the murder — of a 27-year-old writer and nurse named Bethany Deaton, who had been married just a couple of months when her body was found in October of 2012. She had been suffocated by a white plastic bag tied under her chin.

Tietz’s article, from which I’ll quote below to give you a flavor, explores the disturbing social dynamic in a group (make that a cult) of about 20-25 young people, mostly college students, associated with the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Missouri. The group’s leader was Tyler Deaton (pictured below) — “tall, handsome, haughty and effeminate” — who’d married Bethany despite the strong same-sex attractions he’d felt all his life.



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North Carolina Church Runs Ad For Republican Fundraiser in Newsletter, Claiming That’s Allowed Under IRS Rules

Churches are not supposed to engage in party politics if they want to continue to claim the tax-exempt status that costs Americans roughly $71,000,000,000 a year.

That means you can’t legally run an invitation like this in your church bulletin:



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The (Animated) Story of Sodom and Gomorrah

DarkMatters2525 presents the animated story of Sodom and Gomorrah (NSFW):



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How Do You Respond to Someone Who Claims ‘Evolution is Just a Theory’?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, offers a response to the claim that evolution is just a theory:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Jesus Visits Sarah Silverman — and Hits the Spot

… in which the now-divinely-inspired Jewish comedienne proposes a male-masturbation law that is not for the squeamish.

Enjoy.



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