Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher, Then Offers Her a Year’s Salary if She Doesn’t Tell Anyone About It

St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon recently made the wise decision to hire Lauren Brown (below) as a teacher. She had a math degree from Lewis & Clark College, worked in the college’s admissions department after graduating, and was eager to work as a counselor at the Catholic school despite a pay cut.

Over the summer, after she had already accepted the offer, she told a school official she was gay. It wasn’t long before she was fired.

Here’s where things get weird. While Catholic schools have made a habit of firing teachers in same-sex marriages for violating Church doctrine on the issue, Brown wasn’t married. (She says she asked the school official what would happen if she did get married, while lawyers for the school said she planned on getting married in the fall.)

Then, to make matters worse, St. Mary’s offered Brown a full year’s salary along with benefits if she promised not to tell anyone why she got fired, thereby not creating a public relations nightmare for the school.

Brown didn’t agree to that deal. So let the nightmare proceed.

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Christian Evangelist Blasts “Little Mermaid” Dad By Posting Video of His Child Shooting a Gun

A few days ago, we posted about a dad who took his son to the toy store to exchange a duplicate birthday present… only to learn that his son swapped it out for a Little Mermaid doll. The response from father Mikki Willis was wonderful. He┬ásaid that it wasn’t a big deal at all, adding that he would always love his kids no matter what.

But I know what you’re thinking: What would Christian blowhard and vertical-video-expert Joshua Feuerstein do in that situation?

Let him show you:

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Mormon Church: We’ll Keep Working with the Boy Scouts Since They’ll Let Us Reject Gay Leaders

A month after the Boy Scouts of America rescinded the ban on gay leaders, religious groups are still trying to figure out whether they want to be associated with an organization that treats homosexuals like humans.

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A Brief Introduction to the World of Christian Persecution Headlines

If you’re curious to see how the Christian Right distorts facts in order to demonize atheists, let me give you a couple of examples from just the past couple of days.

1) This is a painting of Jesus that was hanging up at Royster Middle School in Kansas:

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This Portrait of Jesus Has No Business in a Kentucky Courthouse

It’s bad enough when government buildings put up signs reading “In God We Trust.” But in Kentucky’s Breathitt County Courthouse, there’s just a painting of Jesus that the artist says cannot be removed:

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