Pastafarianism is Not a Real Religion, Judge Tells Prisoner in Completely Serious Decision

Stephen Cavanaugh is a prisoner currently being held in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. As a prisoner, he has the right to practice his religion and get special perks associated with being part of an organized belief system — as he says, “the ability to order and wear religious clothing and pendants, the right to meet for weekly worship services and classes and the right to receive communion.”

But Cavanaugh filed a lawsuit recently saying the prison was denying him these opportunities… all because he was a Pastafarian. (Seriously.)

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TN Republican Who Sponsored Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill is Found to Be a “Risk to Unsuspecting Women”

The other day, Terry wrote about how more Republican politicians than trans people have been busted for sex acts in bathrooms.

Now, Jeremy Durham, a Republican legislator from Tennessee who advocated for one of those anti-trans bathroom bills, has been dubbed a “continuing risk to unsuspecting women” by the state’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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Be Nice, Don’t Talk About Faith: a New Pew Poll Looks at the Absence of Religious Conversation

Talking about faith is largely off-limits in America, but the highly religious didn’t get the message. That’s one of the conclusions in the latest study by the Pew Research Center.

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NASA Shows Up on Bill Nye’s Facebook Post to Scorch Climate Change Deniers

A handful of climate change deniers thought they had their ground covered when they started commenting on a Facebook post by Bill Nye the Science Guy, until one denialist misrepresented NASA’s data, unintentionally summoning the agency.

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In an epic fashion, the official NASA Climate Change account arrived at the thread and delivered a smackdown against misinformation — they brought charts, too!

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Dhaka Tribune Condemns Government Official Who Blamed Atheist for His Own Murder

After last week’s murder of Bangladeshi atheist blogger Nazimuddin Samad (below), one of the worst reactions came from Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal who said Samad’s writings “needed to be scrutinized to see whether he wrote anything objectionable about religion.”

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The fact is that it shouldn’t matter what Samad wrote. Criticism of religion never ever deserves a death sentence.

The Dhaka Tribune agrees. In a powerful editorial, they write that the fault lies entirely with the killers, and the government must recognize that.

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