A Troubling Look at How Sexual Abuse is Handled Inside New York’s Hasidic Community

Rachel Aviv, in the latest issue of the New Yorker, has a fascinating account of child abuse in New York’s Hasidic community.

When Sam Kellner pursued legal action against another Hasidim, his own world started to collapse around him. Part of the problem stemmed from the fact that the ultra-Orthodox community prefers to handle legal problems internally and looks down upon those who take their cases to secular authorities:

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Your Chance to Win a Collection of Four Books by Victor Stenger

Before his death this past August, Dr. Victor J. Stenger was a prolific writer, cranking out books on everything from atoms to the universe itself. The folks at Prometheus Books would like to give away a collection of four of his most popular books: God: The Failed Hypothesis, God and the Folly of Faith, God [Read More...]

The IRS Must Revoke Non-Profit Status from This Church After Its Pastor Promoted Politicians from the Pulpit

Last week, I posted about how Legacy Church (in Albuquerque, New Mexico) gave parishioners sample ballots with highlighted names to take with them into voting booths this week — a clear violation of the law, since non-profits are not allowed to endorse political candidates:

It actually went beyond that, as you can see in the picture. The church handed out promotional cards for a few select candidates… just in case there was any doubt that they fully backed these politicians.

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken action against the church, directly informing the IRS of their violations and urging the government to follow through on its promise to uphold the law and revoke the church’s non=profit status:

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This is Why We Don’t Have to Take Science on Faith

This is just neat. Anyone who’s taken a physics class knows that a bowling ball and a feather are supposed to fall at the same speed due to the effects of gravity, but air resistance prevents that from happening in real life.

In a neat video from BBC Two, Physicist Brian Cox went to NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio and they conducted the same experiment in a vacuum chamber (where air resistance is no longer a factor).

You know how the experiment will end, but it’s still really cool to see it in action:

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Now I Know How to Understand Bible Prophecy

Finally, we have a guide to becoming co-prophets of the upcoming Apocalypse, courtesy of William Tapley:

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