Vatican Officials: If We Said Anything Nice About Gay and Lesbian Couples, We Take It Back

Just yesterday, Camille posted about a draft report released this week by Catholic clergy members that was being hailed as “revolutionary” for how it treated topics like homosexuality and cohabitation. Did it deserve that label? Not so much, but that was the general perception.

Among other things, the report said “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”… which is at least better than saying they’re sinners who should burn in hell.

But as we’ve seen the Vatican do so many times in the Pope Francis era, they were quick to walk back from even that tiny bit of progress. After conservative Catholics complained that the statement deviated from Church teachings, the Vatican issued a statement saying we shouldn’t take the document all that seriously:

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16 Reasons the Harry Potter Series is Better Than the Bible

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 16 reasons the Harry Potter series is better than the Bible:

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Christian Debater Gets Outwitted by an Eighth Grade Atheist

Regular readers of this site are undoubtedly familiar with Chad by now. He’s the young atheist who has flummoxed a number of Christian debaters.

Chad’s in eighth grade now and is still at the top of his game. In a recent debate between atheist Bernie Dehler and Christian Ben Clifton, Chad challenged Ben on why God bothers interfering in our lives if He already knows what will happen in the future. He goes on to ask about the fates of those who’ve never heard of Jesus (like people in North Korea).

The part beginning at the 2:22 mark is fantastic :) Just wait for Chad’s response at 3:00.

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Atheist Parolee Receives Nearly $2,000,000 After Being Punished for Refusing a Religious Drug Treatment Program

In February of 2007, after spending time in prison for drug possession, Barry A. Hazle Jr. was finally released on parole.

Parole came with a few strings attached, though. Hazle had to attend a 90-day drug treatment program which, in his case, involved the Twelve-Step program most commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. As we’ve discussed on this site before, several of those steps include references to God and submitting to a “higher power.”

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Jewish Students Lead Charge to Remove Jewish Religious Symbol from a Wisconsin High School

A sukkah is a hut covered by things like palm leaves built for the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

Some Jewish students at Nicolet High School in Wisconsin built one recently and they wanted to keep it in the school’s courtyard… but you can see the problem with that: it’d be a religious display on government property, akin to Christian students putting up a Nativity scene at the school.

What’s really interesting, though, is that it was fellow Jewish students who led the charge to have it removed:

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