Divorce is Even Harder on the Kids When One Parent is Shunned By the Other’s Religious Community

Life is tough for a divorced parent whose ex has joint custody of the kids and a different religious belief. While the parents can agree not to disparage each other in front of the children, God can get in the way of that. After all, if a Catholic mom takes her kids to church, what are they to think about their atheist dad?

Now imagine life for a dad who’s been kicked out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He’s not just an atheist. He’s Disfellowshipped. He’s shunned from the entire JW community — and that includes his ex-wife.

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In the story below, that dad is Clint and he’s now dating a woman named Leah. She wrote last week about how much he was dreading the upcoming weekend, because his ex-wife, a Jehovah’s Witness, had the kids, and he knew what they were going to learn at their Kingdom Hall meeting:

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U.S. Commission Says in Annual Report That Religious Freedom is in Peril Around the World

It’s important to remember that while our conversations about religion in the U.S. often center around the false notions of Christian persecution, it’s so much worse in other parts of the world. In certain countries, as we know all too well, you can be murdered for daring to criticize religion, or imprisoned and lashed for promoting atheism.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom just released its annual report and it’s a depressing account of how bad things are worldwide.

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Self-Proclaimed Christian Truth-Teller Jerry Newcombe Tells a Bald-Faced Lie About An Opponent

Maybe it’s difficult for Jerry Newcombe (below), a Townhall columnist and producer of Christian TV fare, to come up with things to preach about. If he can’t find a suitable topic to tackle, he may decide to look for the tiniest thread of truth and spin it into a colossal straw man. At least, that’s what he did here.

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After Atheist Delivers Invocation in Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Signs “Day of Reason” Proclamation

Justin Scott, the Iowan who did a fantastic job earlier this year of getting presidential candidates on the record about their views on atheists and church/state separation, gave the first-ever atheist invocation in the city of Waterloo last night.

You can watch it at the 18:58 mark below:

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Gay Imam Nur Warsame Steps Out of the Closet

Conservative Islam is even more intolerant of homosexuality than conservative Christianity. LGBT Muslims tend to stay in the closet, lest they are assaulted, imprisoned, or killed.

Australian imam Nur Warsame, who hails from Somalia, is no longer a closet dweller.

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