California Bill Offering Double Pay on a “Family Holiday” Inadvertently Promotes Christianity

A bill introduced by California State Assembly Member Lorena S. Gonzalez a couple of months ago, called the “Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015,” just passed through the Labor committee. And it’s a roundabout way to promote Christianity.

In short, the bill would mandate that employers pay their workers at least “twice the employee’s regular rate of pay” on certain holidays.

Like Christmas and Thanksgiving and nothing else.



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Conrad Black Rails Against the “Shabby, Shallow World of the Militant Atheist”

Conrad Black, hardly a paragon of moral virtue, has plenty to say about “militant atheism” and the National Post gave him an outlet for it:



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Children in London School Instructed Not To Watch Solar Eclipse For “Religious and Cultural Reasons”

But what if RaTonatiuh, and Svarog wanted us to watch the solar eclipse? When children disobey ancient sun deities, what is to become of their immortal souls?

From the U.K. Telegraph (confirmed via the Independent and ITV):

A London primary school was criticized for banning children from watching the eclipse for “religious and cultural reasons.” Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the solar eclipse directly and had to observe it on screens instead.

Sometimes known as Little India, Southall is a diverse community in west London with a large Hindi population.



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God’s Bankers: Gerald Posner’s Financial Exposé of the Catholic Church Produces “An Acute Sensation of Disgust”

A new book by investigative journalist Gerald Posner, a 732-page tome titled God’s Bankers, lays bare “the history of money and power at the Vatican.”

Writes reviewer Damon Linker in the New York Times:

[T]he church from the beginning has been an all-too-human institution that ­often follows a logic of self-interest, placing the good of its members ahead of those outside it, and the good of those in positions of ecclesiastical power ahead of the good of everyone else. To a greater or lesser extent, this has been true of most institutions throughout history, though it has been a particular problem in the 2,000-year history of the church, with its lack of democratic accountability and deep roots in the corruption-prone political culture of the Italian peninsula. The result has been a tension — and sometimes a blatant contradiction — between the church’s exalted claims for itself and its behavior.

Think of medieval popes waging the Crusades — raising armies, sacking ­cities and conquering territory — in the name of Jesus Christ. Or prelates torturing apostates and heretics during the Inquisition. Or Pope Pius V expelling Jews from the Papal States in 1569. Or Pope Pius XI signing the Reichskonkordat with ­Hitler, which, in return for winning a measure of freedom for German Catholics ­under the Nazis, assured silence from the Holy See over the forced sterilization of 400,000 people and then only the faintest of ­objections to the Holocaust. Or more ­recently, bishops and other church officials concealing widespread and repeated child sexual abuse by priests.

I imagine that by this point, Bill Donohue‘s ears are producing steam, but Posner has only just scratched the surface:



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Do You Believe the Reviews of Do You Believe?

They’re baaaaaaackkkk… those smarmy Christians and evil atheists have returned to your neighborhood theater! Pure Flix’s Do You Believe? opened yesterday in theaters nationally to the same critics-hate-it/audiences-love-it response that their film God’s Not Dead received last year.



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