Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Runs Full Page Ad in USA Today to Thank Partners — Including Atheists

This may not be exactly earth-shattering or groundbreaking, but after Foundation Beyond Belief teams raised more than a quarter-million dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Light the Night Walk, it was a pleasant surprise to see this full-page ad in USA Today earlier in the week (red box is mine):



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At Baptist Fundamentalist Conference in Kentucky, a White Pastor Just Performed in Blackface

This display of “comedy” at the National Young Fundamentalist Conference in Kentucky is cringe-inducing for two reasons.

One is that none of it is funny.

The other one is that — well, see for yourself.



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This Movie’s in the Wrong Section…

I have no idea how a “Family Video” rental store is still in business… but I do know that they’re not doing a very good job of categorizing movies.

Like this DVD of “Noah and the Great Ark.”



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He Did Not Just Say That, Did He…?

Creationist Ken Ham wants to make sure you don’t see the movie Noah because — *gasp* — it’s not biblically accurate. In an interview, he explained his fear and gave the greatest sound bite ever:



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Minister Let His Bedridden Wife Die Horror Death; I Wouldn’t Want To Be the Judge In This Heartbreaking Case

A United Church minister in Ontario, Canada, accused of criminal negligence in the manslaughter death of his wife, was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday. The judge left no doubt as to the intention of the verdict.

[T]he message to the public has to be loud and clear: In this type of case, the sentence must be denunciatory and exemplary and reflect society’s abhorrence in letting someone die in such a horrific manner.

The reverend Nico Vanderstoel had pleaded guilty to the charge, which came after his wife of 44 years, Heather, became bedridden with the effects of multiple sclerosis. Vanderstoel soon stopped providing adequate care, neither requesting medical nor social help for his wife.

By the time the state intervened, Heather Vanderstoel’s fate was sealed. She died of complications from decubitis ulceration, or bedsores.

The facts of the case require a seriously strong stomach.

On March 15, 2011, a For Seniors Only employee arrived at the home to do paperwork for the provision of homecare help for Heather and “the smell of rotting flesh was overwhelming,” said assistant Crown attorney Karen Lische. The employee talked to Heather, but could only see her face as the rest of her body was covered by blankets.

The next day, For Seniors Only employees arrived to start providing homecare services and found Heather immobile, “living in a state of squalor and filth” and her body covered with infected bedsores.



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