A Brief Introduction to the World of Christian Persecution Headlines

If you’re curious to see how the Christian Right distorts facts in order to demonize atheists, let me give you a couple of examples from just the past couple of days.

1) This is a painting of Jesus that was hanging up at Royster Middle School in Kansas:



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This Portrait of Jesus Has No Business in a Kentucky Courthouse

It’s bad enough when government buildings put up signs reading “In God We Trust.” But in Kentucky’s Breathitt County Courthouse, there’s just a painting of Jesus that the artist says cannot be removed:



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ESPN’s Resident Creationist Curt Schilling Suspended After Tweet Comparing Muslim Extremists to Nazis

The last time we mentioned former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling on this site, it’s because he was promoting Creationism on Twitter. He later said he accepts evolution, but only within species — a line of anti-evolution reasoning that even Ken Ham would agree with.

You won’t be surprised to learn that Schilling said something else really dumb on Twitter yesterday:



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Putting Six Degrees of Separation to the Test

Is there any truth to the “six degrees of separation” idea?

Let’s find out!



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New Study Shows That, on Hot-Button Issues, Most American Catholics Disagree with Catholicism

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service is called “The Francis Effect? U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics”… but it really should be called “Why the hell are all of you still Catholic?”

It turns out that on some of the most hot-button social issues of our time — like marriage equality and abortion rights — American Catholics are virtually indistinguishable from the general public on their views. That means they’re going against what the Church wants them to believe:



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