Texas Set to Pass Bill Protecting the Phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ from… Well… No One, Really

Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to sign a bill (HB 308) that will allow teachers and students to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” or “happy holidays” without repercussion.

Even though no one was ever trying to stop them.

The same bill allows for holiday displays, too:

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Vatican Representative: Just to Be Clear, Atheists Are Still Going to Hell

Yesterday, I posted about something interesting Pope Francis said in a recent homily — namely, that even atheists could be “redeemed” if they were good people.

Many atheists thought it was pretty damn nice of the Pope to say that… even if the idea of being “saved” or “redeemed” thanks to Christ’s death is all made up.

We all knew that sense of one-ness and actions-speak-louder-than-prayers wasn’t going to last very long. As the Pope’s words made their way around the world, a Vatican spokesman had to do some damage control and remind everybody that atheists, in fact, are going to hell unless they accept Jesus:

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Lawrence O’Donnell Talks About Atheism Popping Up in the Least Expected Places

Earlier tonight, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell spoke about atheists popping up in the least expected places — in Oklahoma, in a talk by the Pope, and in the Arizona House of Representatives:

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Kentucky State Senator Criticizes New Science Standards for Emphasizing Evolution and Climate Change

Here’s some advice to politicians out there: If you’re going to say something stupid, don’t do it in writing where all of us can see it.

Mike Wilson, a Republican state senator from Kentucky, not only ignored that wisdom, he doubled down on his ignorance in an op-ed for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal in which he railed against recently-released “Next Generation Science Standards” for promoting human activity as a factor in climate change and — wait for it — evolution:

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Glenn Beck: Wolf Blitzer’s Conversation with an Atheist Was a Setup

Glenn Beck, the professional conspiracy theorist, said on his show last night that Wolf Blitzer‘s conversation with Oklahoman Rebecca Vitsmun was pre-planned by a producer clearly sympathetic to atheists:

Sure… and while we’re at it, the tornado was all part of the environmentalists’ plan to make God look evil, right? [Read more...]


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