Iowa Atheists Team up with Local Church to Help Hungry Families on Thanksgiving

When the Upstate Atheists in South Carolina wanted to volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen this past spring, they were told that atheists weren’t welcome.

When the Kansas City Atheist Coalition wanted to deliver meals to the hungry, the Kansas City Rescue Mission rejected their generosity.

When the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers wanted to help families in need this Thanksgiving (brace yourself)… the Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church welcomed them with open arms.



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Oklahoma House Speaker Defends the Addition of a Chapel to the State Capitol Building

Last week, we learned that the Capitol building in Oklahoma, currently undergoing a renovation, would be adding a chapel to the second floor:

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) was the architect of that addition:

At the time, Shannon’s spokesperson Joe Griffin tempered the outrage by saying the chapel wouldn’t be built if it was illegal:

“No taxpayer money has been spent on a chapel other than the ink that is on the blueprints,” Griffin said Tuesday. “If we are able to create a chapel, we would love to. But we are not going to do anything that is not constitutional.”

But, you know, that was a week ago.

Yesterday, Shannon wrote an op-ed for the Tulsa World explaining why the chapel deserved a spot in the Capitol building:

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Report: Parents of Injured Baby Choose Emergency Baptism Over Hospital Visit, With Fatal Consequences

If your two-month-old infant is hurt in a traffic accident, do you take him to the nearest hospital — or to a church?

To one religious couple, the answer was obvious:

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Creationist Group Launches Another Times Square Billboard Directed at Atheists

In October, Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis put up a digital billboard in Times Square reading “Suck It, atheists” “To All Of Our Atheist Friends: Thank God You’re Wrong.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation quickly responded with a billboard of their own in the exact same location:

FFRF, a state/church watchdog and the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), has enlisted “Saturday Night Live” alum Julia Sweeney for its rejoinder. One cube of the billboard features Sweeney’s smiling face, the other her quote: “OMG, there is no god!”

FFRF’s message will be displayed on the same digital billboard at the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue as the Answers in Genesis Christian message saying. “To all our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”

Today, Answers in Genesis came back with a new billboard directed, again, toward atheists. The 30-second ad, which will run through Christmas, features the message “To All Of Our Atheist Friends: All He Wants for Christmas Is You” (which, I can only assume, means that Jesus is coming to kidnap your family). It also includes John 3:16:

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Guess Which 80s TV Star Appears in This New Christian Film? No, Not That One…

Liberty Counsel, the Christian group that flips out when anyone says “Happy Holidays,” just released the trailer for its first film. (Yep, they make films now.)

It features a washed-up actor from the ’80s, a plotline with evil secular educators, and angsty Christian youth ready to reclaim their faith. In other words, this is exactly like every Christian movie you’ve (n)ever seen…

I guess Kirk Cameron was unavailable, though, so they got Erik Estrada:

The film is called “Uncommon“:

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