Catholic Schools Fight Unions, Even Though Catholic Teaching Says Unions Need Protection

Move over, birth control. Stand aside, marriage equality. Catholic organizations have found a new menace from which they must shield themselves by invoking their freedom of religion: collective bargaining.

It’s like a conservative’s dream come true: in addition to the standard reasons why empowering workers is a terrible thing, Catholics are now adding “God says so” into the mix.

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If Your Biology Professors Believe in Adam and Eve, You’re Not Getting a Proper Science Education

A month ago, when the brouhaha at Wheaton College (in which a professor got in trouble for saying Muslims and Christians worshipped the same God) was just developing, Religion News Service reporter Jonathan Merritt described the school this way in an attempt to show it was relatively liberal when compared to other Christian colleges:

Founded in 1860, Wheaton has long been considered a fairly open-minded institution within evangelicalism. Science professors can teach evolution, government professors need not support conservative political theories, and students don’t have to worry about strict dress codes or stringent curfews like students at more fundamentalist colleges. In 2003, it eased bans on alcohol consumption and dancing.

Fred Clark, a Christian blogger here at Patheos, zooms in on that phrase — “Science professors can teach evolution” — because, he says, it’s indicative of a much larger problem at the school:

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Russian Religious Leader: ISIS is Product of “Godless, Secular” State and Gay Pride Parades

One of my all-time favorite segments from The Daily Show was the episode in which Jon Stewart examined the bizarre love-hate relationship that American conservatives seem to have with Vladimir Putin. It was hilarious, particularly when juxtaposed with conservatives’ hate-hate relationship with their idea of the weak, mom-jeans-wearing tyrant dictator King Obama.

But there’s more to Putin than a quick-acting, horse-riding, bear-wrestling, non-Mom-jeans-wearing President. And it’s the sort of stuff Republican dreams are made of.

Dreams, and religious-political fantasies.

You see, like so many conservative religious leaders in America, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill knows who to blame for things like the rise of ISIS: religious extremism, he says, is a result of secularism. And gay people.

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Atheist Activist Gets Florida Town to Place Upside-Down Cross Outside City Hall

If you visited Hallandale Beach, Florida over the holidays, you would have found a Nativity scene, Christmas tree, and menorah up by City Hall. They obviously have an open forum for these kinds of things.

It prompted Chaz Stevens, the activist best known for putting up Festivus Poles on government property, to take his trolling to new heights.

He asked for and received permission to place outside City Hall this upside-down cross that reads “In Chaz We Trust. All others pay cash.”

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Ken Ham is Wrong; Newsweek’s Article About His Noah’s Ark Theme Park was Accurate

It seems that Ken Ham didn’t like the Newsweek story published over the weekend about his Noah’s Ark theme park, Ark Encounter, and how it’s being funded. He lashed out on his website, criticizing both the magazine and the reporter who wrote the piece, Lindsay Tucker. His frustration and the magazine’s coverage involves his desperate attempt to hide and distract the public from knowing the truth behind his park’s finances.

Ham’s blog post with its dad-joke title, Newsweek or “News-Weak”?, is misguided when you consider the substance that makes a story weak or solid. That substance is what Ham publicly denounces — it’s evidence, and Tucker has it.

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The first half of his rant, which came two days after the Newsweek story was published, was an attempt to strip the “US media” of its credibility, comparing it to sensationalist British tabloids, and dismissing Tucker, who holds a Masters degree in publishing and magazine writing from Emerson College, as nothing more than a “commentator.”

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