Atheist Bus Ad in Canada Goes Missing Before Group’s Next Campaign…

In January, the Sudbury Transit Authority (in Ontario, Canada) approved a month-long ad campaign for the Sudbury branch of the Centre for Inquiry with the message “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone!”

It’s a simple, non-offensive statement that basically amounts to we exist!

And it worked: Not only did the group’s physical membership grow, the number of “Likes” on their Facebook page doubled too. So the group wanted to bring it back to headquarters to celebrate and take some pictures with it before using it in a second campaign this spring:

… they wanted to keep the ad as a piece of history, marking the first time a secular group in Northern Ontario advertised itself.

“As far as I know, it’s only the second time in Canada,” [group leader Spencer] Lucas said. “So it was a rare thing, and for Sudbury it was a first. So yeah, it was a pretty big deal to us.

“A lot of our members were excited about it, and would have gotten a real kick to see the sign in person, since most didn’t get to see it on the bus, other than in photos.”

Lucas went to the Transit Authority to pick up the ad, but he wasn’t expecting to hear this:

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A Draft For All; Israel Finally Passes Law Forcing the Ultra-Orthodox to Stop Shirking Their Military Duty

Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students in Israel have been exempt from serving in the country’s military since the nation’s founding. Military service is mandatory for both the irreligious and the moderately devout; but ultra-Orthodox Jews claim that when their children study the scriptures, they’re doing more important work for the country’s safety than those who serve as Hamas fodder.

“Let the other families sacrifice their children instead,” has been the thinking in these circles. “Ours are just too godly.”

But after years of debates and legislative wrangling, the free ride is over, reports the Huffington Post:

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How Did Cedar Rapids Get a Fire Truck With the Endorsement of Jesus?

In Cedar Rapids, a fire truck bearing a religious-y image and the words of Psalm 23 may have to undergo a slight renovation:



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Pat Robertson Says Watching Horror Movies or Porn Could Cause a Demon to Enter You and Crash Your Car

A 700 Club viewer named Michele revealed that soon after she’d watched a horror film, she got into a traffic accident. And she wondered:

“Did watching a creepy movie cause a curse, or the Lord’s protection to be lifted from me? Did I grieve the Holy Spirit?”

Host Pat Robertson wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly what had happened to Michele, he said.



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Religious Exemption from Healthcare Law Overwhelmingly Passes the House… and That’s Bad

Yesterday, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of H.R. 1814 (the “Equitable Access to Care and Health Act”), a truly nefarious bill that would not allow anyone claiming a religious justification to entirely opt out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Whatever you think of “Obamacare,” you have to have your hackles raised by the idea that someone can entirely avoid obeying the law of the land simply by claiming it’s against some tenet of his particular religion.

As anti-“faith healing” activist Rita Swan warns us, this bill is not just popular among your standard conservative religionists, but particularly among Christian Scientists and other medicine-eschewing faiths who want carte blanche to remove themselves — and thereby their children — from science-based medicine and treatment.

And of course that affects everyone. If more and more people leave the insurance system, they put more of a burden on the health care system as a whole when they face emergencies or seek care without the safety net of insurance, making all of our costs go up.

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