Serena Williams Breaks Jehovah’s Witness Rules Just By Playing Tennis

If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, you’re not supposed to participate in competitive sports. An issue of the Watchtower made that clear a decade ago: “… if measuring ourselves against others — their feats or advantages — stimulates feelings akin to envy or competitiveness, beware! These are negative emotions, incompatible with God’s thinking.”

But that doesn’t seem to apply to Serena Williams.



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New Anti-Atheist Invocation Policy in Pompano Beach (FL) Requires Churches to Be Listed in the Yellow Pages

The Pompano Beach City Commission in Florida *really* doesn’t want to allow Satanists or atheists or Wiccans to deliver invocations at their meetings. But they know that’s a possibility if they say yes to religious invocations at all.

So yesterday, they voted 4-1 to adopt a ridiculous new policy on what qualifies as a religion:



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Canadian Politician Compares Party to Jesus Before Lying About New Anti-Terrorism Bill

Conservative politician Wai Young (a Canadian Sarah Palin, if you will) is making headlines after audio surfaced of her telling a church audience that her party acted like Jesus when passing Bill C-51 (a Canadian version of the PATRIOT Act).



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Two LGBT Books Will Remain in Texas Library Despite Christian Push to Censor Them

The Hood County Commissioners in Texas had a meeting yesterday morning to decide the fate of two LGBT-themed children’s books in the local library, and passions were high all around.

When you read the Raw Story article or watch the video below, notice this: The people defending the books (some of whom are Christians) speak gently and talk about tolerance and love… which the opponents drone on and on about Jesus and the Bible. (As if the library should censor materials based on whether or not they please the Christian God.)

This is why conservative Christians are embarrassing themselves on the issue of homosexuality: They only have bullshit arguments to defend their bigotry, and no one cares what their Bible says when it comes to matters of public policy.



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Tampa Church Sends Financial Notice to Member: She Has to Pay to Pray

A letter from the aptly-named Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida is exposing the leadership as more interested in money than members.

Earlier this month, Candace Petterson received this notice reminding her to pay up or else:



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