Megareverend John Oliver Has Shut Down His Money-Making Church

Nearly a month after creating Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption church as a way to exploit faith-based fraud, and after asking for more money via a wonderful personal letter, John Oliver has decided to shut it down for good.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 72: Leah Vincent, Former Ultra-Orthodox Jew

Our latest podcast guest is Leah Vincent, a former Orthodox Jew and the author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood.

Vincent is the first person in her family to attend college and she earned her Masters degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

We spoke with her about life growing up in the culture, what fundamentalist faiths have in common, and what she plans to teach her daughter about her religious background.

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Secular Invocation Delivered in Longwood, Florida

The city of Longwood, Florida hosted an atheist invocation this week, delivered by Loren Kahle:

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CJ Werleman: I’m Totally Like Salman Rushdie Right Now

In case you still had any doubts as to CJ Werleman‘s credibility…

Right. Those blog posts calling Werleman out on the mounds of bullshit in his new book are the same thing as Islamist extremists attempting to kill a man by force.

(And seriously, how hard is it to spell someone’s name right?)

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Kansas Officials Say They Didn’t Fire Staffer for Not Going to Church

Last month, Courtney Canfield, a former staffer at the office of the Kansas Secretary of State, said in a lawsuit that she was illegally fired by Assistant Secretary Eric K. Rucker (below) for not attending church enough.

The problems began in February of 2013, when Canfield was invited to a church service by a staffer working for Rucker. That happened multiple times but she never went. (Canfield was a Methodist, but not particularly religious.)

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