The Bible Doesn’t Always Change Your Life as Intended…

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 32: Horus Gilgamesh, Author of The Awkward Moments Children’s Bible

Our latest podcast guest is Horus Gilgamesh, author of The Awkward Moments Children’s Bible. (Which is really not for children.) His book features beautiful illustrations of the most disturbing biblical passages you’re ever read. Volume 2 came out recently and I suspect we’ll be seeing more volumes in the future because, well, there’s so much [Read More…]

Indiana City, for Some Reason, Keeps Putting Up a Nativity Scene on Courthouse Grounds Every Year

There’s a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that has been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

Here are the only details that matter: The display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sits on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Book on the Irish Priesthood Reveals Struggles with Teachings on Celibacy, Homosexuality

Last week, the Huffington Post published a story about Dr. John Weafer‘s book Thirty-Three Good Men. The book surveys thirty-three Irish priests, both current and former, and examines a number of issues related to life in the priesthood. Recurring themes are celibacy and sexuality.

Weafer, a sociologist, examines the lives of men from different walks of life, choosing priests of “diverse backgrounds, personalities, behaviours and attitudes.” While his findings are not groundbreaking, they do provide a view of the dismal reality for priests resulting from the church’s attitude on celibacy and homosexuality.

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Crucifix Stolen From Church of Saint Anthony, Named After the Patron Saint of Lost or Stolen Items

This past Wednesday, a church in the Bronx was the scene of a peculiar theft. A five-foot crucifix, worth $5,000, was taken from the lobby of the Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. The cross went missing during mass.

That a thief or thieves would come in while services were ongoing in the adjacent room in order to steal a life-sized crucifix is bizarre enough. Where the story gets really interesting is when you consider that the church’s namesake, Saint Anthony, is the patron saint of lost and — you guessed it — stolen items.

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