These Venn Diagrams Are Getting Out of Control

Inspired by Crispian Jago, Dehydration Station has made an updated, more complicated, and still-being-revised “Organized Collection of Irrational Nonsense” (click to enlarge):

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Bill Maher and Zack Kopplin Take on Anti-Science GOP

Earlier tonight, young atheist and science advocate Zack Kopplin appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. In the clips below, the conversation revolves around climate change, gay marriage, budget cuts, and why the GOP has such a hard time accepting reality:

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A Documentary Film About Pastors Who Lose Their Faith

Last weekend, at the American Atheists conference, I filmed a few segments for a new documentary film called Refusing My Religion. It’s about pastors who become atheists and the struggles they go through, and you’ll see a lot of familiar faces in this early trailer:

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Louisiana State Representative: Students Should Learn Freedom of Religion by Reciting the Lord’s Prayer Every Morning

I thought it was bad when two North Carolina Republican state legislators tried to pass a resolution calling for a state religion. But that was nothing compared to what Katrina R. Jackson, a Democrat from Louisiana, is trying to do.

Jackson has introduced House Bill 660, a bill that would “require the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a policy and develop procedures relative to school prayer and the pledge of allegiance.”

“Establishing a policy” seems harmless… but Jackson wants more than that. She wants to see the wall between church and state torn down, stomped upon, and replaced with a giant cross.

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Liberty University: You Can’t Watch an R-Rated Movie… But Go Ahead and Bring a Gun to Class

Jerry Falwell‘s Liberty University just revised (PDF) an important policy at the school:

Students of Liberty University… who hold a valid concealed weapons permit recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and who are approved by LUPD to carry a concealed weapon, may possess and carry such concealed weapon on University property and all University facilities except residence halls, and may store the approved weapon in a secured container or compartment in their vehicle while on University property.

So students (and staff) who have the easy-to-obtain weapons permit can bring a concealed weapon on campus.

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