Atheist Billboards Go Up in Iowa

It’s been a while since we’ve seen these, hasn’t it? Welcome back, billboards!

The newly-formed Central Iowa Coalition of Reason and Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason have put up billboards announcing their presence:



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Turkish Military Sheds (Some) Secular Principles: Game of Thrones Is Out, Studying the Qur’an Is In

Remember how proudly secular Turkey was since the days of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk? Unusually for a country where 98 out of a 100 citizens still self-identify as Muslims, Turkey became a secular, democratic republic close to a century ago. In the last two decades, driven in part by its remarkably thin-skinned, immoderate Islamic leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who rarely misses a chance to push his religious agenda, that ideal has been hollowed out.

And so we get this:

The Turkish Armed Forces has updated its set of regulations for the high school academies that it administers, inserting an article in the chapter for “protection of students.” It advises a ban on screening films or shows that depict “sexual exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, abuse, harassment and all negative behaviors.” [The national newspaper] Hurriyet cites Game of Thrones as one of the main culprits.



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Christian Right Group Reminds You Which Stores Make Baby Jesus Cry

The American Family Association, which only seems to care about your family if you’re Christian, has released its annual “Naughty or Nice” list of places that don’t deserve your business because they RUIN EVERYTHING by not acknowledging the birth of Jesus. And sometimes, they say awful things like “Happy Holidays.”



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Parents Who Allowed Their Daughter to Die of a Treatable Disease Convicted of Manslaughter

There’s another case of Christians killing their child because, rather than visit a doctor, they put their trust in God. (And it happened in Oregon, where these kinds of faith-based homicide cases are all too familiar.)



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Double Rapist Quotes Bible in Court, Says “God Intended It For Good”; Somehow, Judge Gives Him 37 Years Anyway

Christian persecution, I tells ya.

A Del Mar [California] man convicted of raping two women he met on the online dating sites ChristianMingle.com and Match.com was sentenced Friday to 37 years to life in prison. In his final statement before he was punished, Navy Lieutenant Sean Banks quoted what he said was his favorite Bible verse. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good,” Banks said.

If your Bible knowledge needs some refreshing, that’s Genesis 50:20.



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