Catholic Bishop Plans to Perform ‘Exorcism’ After Illinois Governor Signs Gay Marriage Bill Into Law

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20th, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign a law granting same-sex couples the right to legally marry.

So naturally, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki has made plans to lead a rite of exorcism “in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” just after the legislation is enacted. Clergy and laity alike are invited to participate.



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You Have to Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Conversation with an Intelligent 9-Year-Old

Take a very inquisitive 9-year-old with an excellent question (involving stopping asteroids from colliding with our planet) and let Neil deGrasse Tyson take a crack at it.

The result is pure awesomeness:

(What’s that on your face? A huge smile? That’ll go away once you’re reminded of the 7-year-old admirer of Creationist Ken Ham.)

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Pope Francis Warns Believers Not To Be Curious, So They May Avoid ‘Confusion’

A few days ago, I published a little riff on the topic of curiosity, based on a wonderful book I just read. Curiosity, book author Philip Ball shows, was long frowned upon by religious authorities as a sign of insufficient humility. All you were supposed to do was gape in mawkish wonder at the miracle of nature, and prostrate yourself before the Lord, expressing awe and suppressing all natural inquisitiveness.

Glad we left that atavistic attitude behind us. Or did we?

Pope Francis said this on Thursday:

“The spirit of curiosity distances us from the spirit of wisdom because all that interests us is the details, the news, the little stories of the day.”

Such a spirit, he warned, brings about dispersion and distances people from God. The Vatican leader further noted that Jesus himself warned against a worldly spirit of curiosity, as it causes confusion and impels people to want to feel that God is “here or there.”



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A Christian Conference Last Week Had Over 100 Presenters, So Why Were Only 4 of Them Women?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the recent controversy involving a Christian conference and how more than 95% of the speakers were male:

(For more on the story, read this.)

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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The Trailer for ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Will Make Your Eyes Roll

It’s the Christian movie trailer based off the book that was inspired by one child’s overactive imagination and spread by millions of gullible adults.

I present to you, Heaven is for Real:

Citation needed…

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