Toronto Catholics Are Angry That a Local Hospital Has Dropped the Cross From Its Logo

Toronto-area Catholics got quite cross recently, because

St. Joseph’s Health Centre unveiled [a] new logo earlier this month as part of what it described as a “renewal” of its brand and the launch of a new fundraising campaign. It features bold capital letters, but no cross.

Like so:

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Of Course Women Will Be Punished if Abortion is Illegal

When Donald Trump said the other day that women who have abortions should be punished if the procedure is banned, it raised many eyebrows. Predictably, on the left, because it’s an appalling thing to suggest; and, if I had to guess, on the right because that’s one of those things you’re not supposed to say out loud. (Not that Trump is the only anti-abortion zealot to have missed that memo.)

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But, as appalling as the idea is, this wasn’t actually one of the crazier things Trump has suggested — at least, not if you take “pro-life” ideology seriously. After all, if abortion is treated like — if it is — murder, as the pro-life movement argues, of course there have to be penalties associated with it. That’s just logical.

That’s exactly what Jill Filipovic argues in a truly brilliant piece at TIME:

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FDA Updates Abortion Drug Guidelines To Be More Scientifically Accurate, Angering “Pro-Lifers”

Last year in May, Danco Laboratories, which makes the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex (mifepristone), filed paperwork with the FDA to update the guidelines for use of the drug. Give further research on how it works, they wanted to loosen the restrictions on who could use it and when.

The political implications were certainly not lacking — anti-abortion lawmakers throughout the country have passed laws to enforce strict adherence to the guidelines (which in this case were simply not accurate anymore) rather than deferring to medical experts. But to the surprise of many, the guidelines were indeed updated. Politics had nothing to do with it. Instead, the basis for the change was — wait for it — scientific progress.

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A Colorado School District Will Give Away Satanic and (Censored) Atheist Literature to Students

Later today, Satanic coloring books and atheist literature will be made available to students at Delta Middle School in Colorado, all because the administration allowed the Gideons to distribute bibles and didn’t want to shut down that practice. (To be sure, it’s a passive distribution. No adults will be at a table handing out the books. The material will just be sitting there for students who want to pick it up.)

But the atheist literature will include some overt censorship.

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An Atheist Discusses the Benefits of Street Epistemology

I’ve posted a number of videos by Anthony Magnabosco on this site, in which he speaks to strangers about their religious beliefs for just few minutes and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.

He recently spoke to students at the University of Missouri about how to conduct effective street epistemology:

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