Michigan Mayor Who Denied a “Reason Station” in City Hall (but Allowed a “Prayer Station”) Hit with Federal Lawsuit

IF you were to walk into the Warren, Michigan city hall, you’d see a Prayer Station, a kiosk of sorts with pamphlets about God, manned by Christians eager to proselytize. It’s been there since 2009.

So when resident Douglas Marshall filled out an application to set up a personal “Reason Station” to promote freethought and logic, you’d think he’d get a green light, too… Hell, his application was almost word-for-word identical to that of Pastor Darius Walden, who set up the Prayer Station.

The problem is that Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a Christian who has made a habit of opposing atheist groups that want the same treatment as religious groups.

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Conservative Christian Myopia: Israel Edition

It’s really hard for me to get caught up on the details of the invasion of Gaza by Israel over the last couple of weeks. Growing up in conservative Christianity, we had a myopic, distanced, and deliberately ignorant understanding of politics in the Middle East, and so now, I find myself at a loss for where to start in understanding news reports like this one:

Over 350 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s ongoing operation to root out Hamas fighters it says are hiding in Gaza tunnels. Meanwhile, tens of thousands came out to protest the victims of the invasion, almost 80 percent of whom are civilians.

The United Nations mission in Gaza says that more than 60,000 people have been displaced as a result of the escalating conflict. Israel has warned Palestinians living in over half of the country that they may come under fire either from the ground, air or sea.

Together with the mounting death toll, the Palestinian health authorities say that over 2,000 people have been injured. Around a quarter of the reported victims have been children.

The bloodshed is grievous and I wish I understood more of what was going on. The understanding I grew up with was a primitive and ahistorical one that went like this:

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Student Opts Out of Bible Classes in New Zealand School, So He’s Told To Do the Dishes Instead

They teach religious education in many New Zealand schools, but in some cases, the lessons veer into religious indoctrination. (That’s why groups like the Secular Education Network are trying to change the laws to fix that.) That’s also why parents sometimes allow their kids to opt out of the classes. When that happens, what are [Read More...]

Substitute Teacher Fired for His Music Video Mocking Religion Finally Gets Some Justice

Last year, I posted a delightfully funny video about two parents teaching their daughter about different religions, only to have her respond with “That doesn’t make sense!” to all of them:



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Kickstarter-Backed Indestructible Bible Uses “Space Age Nanotechnology”

You know how your Bible is constantly falling into the ocean, dripping with paint, and getting run over by cars?

I know, I know. Me too. Accidents, I swear.

But don’t worry! There’s now an indestructible Bible on Kickstarter:



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