50 Priests and Religious Leaders Were Involved In Child Rape… In a U.S. Diocese of Just 100,000

What’s happening in the Catholic diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania is incredible in the worst way. Washington Post contributor Mary Kane is from that area and has immediate relatives who were faithful to the Catholic Church their whole lives. So the allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks hit Kane harder than they did most outsiders. Her repulsion seeps through in her reporting.

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Judge Orders Praying School Board Members to Pay Nearly $203,000 in Legal Fees to Atheist Group

Back in February, I posted an important update on what’s happening with the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California). This is the district in which board meetings are indistinguishable from a church service, with members frequently leading explicitly Christian prayers and reading Bible verses.

Judge Jesus G. Bernal had finally ruled that these prayers were unconstitutional and ordered the School Board to put an immediate stop to them. What we didn’t know then was how much this would cost the District.

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Now we have an answer to that question:

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When Christian Persecution is Real (Hint: It’s Not in America)

There are millions of U.S. Christians who scream persecution because teachers and coaches aren’t allowed to proselytize in public schools. Or because they’re not allowed to paint the Ten Commandments on the walls of the courthouse. Or because Starbucks doesn’t use Jesus-themed paper cups around Christmastime.

This is a travesty for reasons that go well beyond the fact that the feeble-minded complaining annoys non-Christians (hell, it even annoys even a good number of Christians who correctly don’t see themselves as victims). As historian Candida Moss and Hemant and others (including me) have pointed out, the unseemly whingeing does a terrible disservice to Christians elsewhere, many of whom are actually being persecuted — losing liberty and life just because they believe something different than the majority in their countries do.

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Richard Dawkins is Recovering Well and Under Orders to Avoid “Getting Involved in Controversy”

Richard Dawkins, still sidelined from public appearances due to a minor stroke, sent out an update on his condition this morning.

In short: He’s recovering well, working on his next book (a collection of essays), and taking advantage of his mandatory time at home:

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God’s Not Dead 2 Had a Lousy Weekend at the Box Office Compared to the Original

When God’s Not Dead came out two years ago, it really was a phenomenon. That’s not to say the movie was any good, but it certainly found an audience that wanted to see it and talk about it, even if that meant trashing it. Call it the evangelical version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Here’s the most important data: With a budget of $2 million, God’s Not Dead went on to make more than $60 million by the end of its run. No wonder the filmmakers wanted to make a sequel.

So how did God’s Not Dead 2 do, compared to its predecessor?

The movie earned $8.1 million in its opening weekend… which may sound impressive until you realize all the caveats.

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