Humanist Community at Harvard Hires Coordinator to ‘Build Support for Multi-Generational Secular Communities’

I’m thrilled to announce that my friend Jesse Galef has accepted a new position as the National Community Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (after years working as the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance):

He’ll be working alongside a team headed up by Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein:

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Conservative Christian Activist Dinesh D’Souza Charged with Breaking U.S. Election Law

It’s hard to characterize Dinesh D’Souza in just one way: He’s a conservative Christian, anti-gay marriage activist, guy who had an affair while still technically married, president of The King’s College until his resignation in 2012, and Mr. Bean doppelganger:

And now, D’Souza is the subject of a federal investigation for giving $20,000 to an unnamed Senate candidate when the legal limit is $5,000.

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Church Official in Atlanta Found Guilty of Knowingly Giving Woman HIV; Faces Second Trial With Another Victim

Craig Lamar Davis worked in a Georgia church, but he was far from a saint. In fact, even though Davis knew he was HIV-positive, prosecutors say he had sex with others without disclosing his medical status, knowingly putting their lives in dangers for his own selfish pleasure.

On Tuesday, Davis was found guilty in what was only his first trial. He faces another one, with a different victim.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

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‘Growth and Change’ is Against My Religion, Says Jehovah’s Witness in Lawsuit Against Employer

Sharon L. Shepherd, a Jehovah’s Witness from Erie, Pennsylvania, is suing her former employer for the most unbelievable reason I’ve ever heard.

Gannondale is a residential home for young women who have committed a crime or suffered abuse and need help and mentorship, and Shepherd was their bookkeeper until last summer, when she was fired because she refused to violate her religious beliefs.

What did they make her do? Check it out:

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Christian Blogger Apologizes to LGBT People, Says It’s Conservative Christians Who Hurt Marriage Sanctity

Christian missiologist and Patheos blogger Benjamin Corey spent years of his life slandering gay people.

That’s what he says, anyway. I’m not sure I believe him.

I met Corey in 2007 or 2008 and we struck up a solid friendship, even though he was a social conservative back then and I was, well, anything but. I once asked him about his opposition to same-sex marriage — a cause I had been actively campaigning in favor of — and I didn’t hear slander from him, or hatred. Back then, Corey supported the notion of civil unions for gays, but not full marriage. He felt that marriage rights were the province of straight people only, because there was a sanctity to marriage that would somehow be tarnished if same-sex couples could wed.

I don’t remember asking how he squared the sanctity bit with having broken his vows before God when he got divorced himself.

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