In the United States’ “Hardest Places to Live,” a Focus on Hell, the Antichrist, and the Rapture

If you rate every county in the United States for factors like life expectancy, income, and education, you can eventually pinpoint the country’s toughest places — as well as the locales where life is, by and large, pretty damn good.

New York Times writer David Leonhardt did just that. Then, using Google data, he compared the Internet search terms that were most prevalent in those two polar opposites — a proxy for what’s foremost on residents’ minds. “The [search terms offer] a glimpse into the id of our national inequality,” Leonhardt says, “a portrait of the very different subjects that occupy the thoughts of richer America and poorer America.”

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Frustrated Christian May Not Pick Up Roadside Trash Anymore Because Atheist Group Adopted That Stretch of Land

The Tallahassee Atheists recently “adopted” a nearly-two-mile stretch of road in Leon County, volunteering to periodically clean it up. It’s just a great community service project.

On Sunday, though, they received a strange complaint from a Christian who also picks up garbage on the road but may stop doing it.

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Chinese “Evil-Spirit Killers” of the Church of the Almighty God Go on Trial This Thursday

On May 28, a group of five Jesus-besotted proselytizers walked into a McDonald’s restaurant in Zhaoyuan, China and began asking customers for their phone numbers. When a 37-year-old woman declined to provide that information, the five, deciding on the spot that she was an “evil spirit,” beat her to death with chairs and a metal broom handle — in front of her seven-year-old son. Other customers caught the attack on cell-phone cameras.

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This Comedian Has a Brilliant Proposal for the Westboro Baptist Church So They Don’t Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral

You may have heard by now that Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Robin Williams‘ funeral. (Because Jesus.)

Anyway, Australian comedian Adam Hills, who hosts the UK show The Last Leg, doesn’t want them to ruin the funeral so he made them a brilliant counteroffer:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 10: Dale McGowan, Author of In Faith and In Doubt

***Update***: We’re now on Stitcher.

Our latest podcast guest is Dale McGowan, the author of In Faith and In Doubt:

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