Faith-Healing Parents Who Let Their Daughter Die Don’t Want Jurors To Know About Their Religious Motive

Travis and Wenona Rossiter, an Oregon couple, are among a special type of shitty parents: those who let their kids die of a treatable disease, rather than take them to a doctor.

The Rossiters belong to the Church of the First Born, a fundamentalist outfit that holds that prayer is the way to making sick people better.

Does it work? Like hell it does. Their daughter Syble died of complications from diabetes a little over a year ago. She was 12. Prosecutors say the girl would likely be alive today if it wasn’t for the parents’ wishes to deliver her to the care of Jesus, rather than the care of a trained medical team.

Now the Rossiters, accused of manslaughter, claim that it would be “prejudicial” for the jury to learn of the religious beliefs that killed their daughter.

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Louisiana Republican Pulls His Own Bill to Make the King James Bible the State Book

Last month, Louisiana state Rep. Thomas Carmody (below) proposed legislation to make the King James Bible the state book.

It was a controversial proposal, even in committee hearings, but not for the obvious reasons.

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Denver Archbishop Blames Atheists for Disrespecting Human Life and Leading to Our Nation’s Downfall… Like the Nazis

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila (below) has only been in his position for a couple of years, but he already has a firm grasp of the biggest problem in his community: Those damn dirty atheists.

Here’s what Aquila blames on atheists:

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Boy Scouts of America Revoke Church’s Charter For Refusing to Fire Gay Scout Leader

The Boy Scouts of America have blocked a Seattle church from sponsoring a scouting troop after it refused to fire the openly gay Scout leader, proving once again that its discriminatory policies are more important to the organization than the actual people it serves.

Last May, the Boy Scouts of America rescinded its ages-old policy barring openly gay scouts from the organization, but firmly upheld its ban on gay adult volunteers. While that decision made a world of difference for LGBT youth, it’s a bittersweet underachievement for the adults who first launched the campaign to remove the policy.

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Humanists Sue New Jersey School District Over Pledge of Allegiance; It Treats Atheists As ‘Second-Class Citizens’

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced yesterday that they had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey. If successful, the lawsuit could put an end to saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

Much like their lawsuit in Massachusetts, the plaintiffs are anonymous for the time being (presumably to avoid harassment from Christians) and the argument is all about discrimination. They’re not trying to take “Under God” out of the Pledge — instead, they’re arguing that reciting the Pledge itself goes against the state’s constitution and that ritual should stop immediately.

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