Canadian Police Charge Parents After One-Year-Old Boy Dies Due To Faith-Based Diet

In November of last year, when 14-month-old John Clark of Calgary, Canada was finally taken to the hospital for a serious staph infection, it was too late for the usual treatment with antibiotics. The boy was weakened beyond hope by a severe nutritional deficit; he died despite the last-minute medical care.

Why was he critically malnourished? According to Calgary police officers, who charged the parents just the other day, it was because

“The family followed a strict dietary regimen based on their faith and nutritional beliefs,” said Sgt. Doug Andrus.

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Catholic Church of Australia Admits Priestly Celibacy Requirement May Have Contributed to the Sexual Abuse Scandal

In a report released this weekend by the Catholic Church of Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, there was a stunning admission that the requirement for priestly celibacy may have contributed to the sexual abuse scandal. No kiddin’. Church institutions and their leaders, over many decades, seemed to turn a blind eye, either instinctively or [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens, Three Years Gone, Rewrites the Ten Commandments

The incomparable and irreplaceable Christopher Hitchens died on this day in 2011.

All his adult life, he was known for tearing things down (rousingly and riotously, I might add) — but here, in a video he made for Vanity Fair, Hitchens offers constructive criticism, reimagining the Ten Commandments as an actual moral document. Of course, that requires some sorely needed changes to God’s original. Hitch is equal to the task.

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Bill Nye Explains Evolution Through Emoji

Bill Nye + emoji?! Science class will make a lot more sense now!

(Unless you’re older than, say, 19… in which case none of this makes any sense at all.)

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Makes You Really Want to Go to Church on Christmas, Doesn’t It?

How many of you have been like Devin, the “newly-atheist teen who’s making a point of not saying the prayers”?

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