Orthodox Church Rejects Evil “Eye of Sauron” Atop Moscow Building, Sees Tolkien Homage as a “Triumph of Evil”

If you’ve ever read Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, you’ll remember the Eye of Sauron,

… a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark lord” Sauron, which allows him to watch anyone who puts on the fateful, power-giving ring at the novels’ center.

Tomorrow, a real-estate company in Russia plans to install something resembling it (but without the magic powers, presumably) on the top of a 21-story building in Moscow. As the art installation will be only about three feet high, the effect should be slightly underwhelming — a bit like Spinal Tap’s mini-Stonehenge, perhaps — but that hasn’t prevented the Russian Orthodox Church from flying into a tizzy.



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Why Was This Teacher Pressured to Resign Over What Her Student Turned in for a Creative Writing Assignment?

There’s a story going around online about what happened in Katrina Guarascio‘s creative writing class at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. What’s especially striking about it is how little we know about what happened.

Here’s the story:

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The Daily Show Mocks Atheist Group’s Challenge of Restaurant Owner’s Prayer Discount

In case you missed it, last night’s episode of The Daily Show featured a segment on a Freedom From Religion Foundation-inspired controversy. FFRF President Dan Barker argued against a prayer discount offered by the owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



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Arkansas Church Responds to Atheist Billboard with One Embracing Doubters

Another church is responding to American Atheists’ recent billboard campaign featuring a girl writing a letter that says, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

This time, it’s Grace Church in Alma, Arkansas:

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Is This the Worst Fire-and-Brimstone Preacher on YouTube?

Judging by the quality of the recording and the clothes and hairstyles of the worshipers, this video of an American preacher addressing his congregation could be some 30 years old. It just surfaced on YouTube the other day.

It’s hard to fathom that anyone would sit through this voluntarily, without protest, and without bursting out laughing. But as we see towards the end, the pastor has his entire flock eating out of his hand.

In any social setting but a religious one, what this man says, and how he says it, would likely be grounds for a mental evaluation. People would say, “I worry about him,” and “I feel terrible for his family,” or maybe “What’s the number for Bellevue?”

In church, however, what’s objectively crazy stops being crazy. It doesn’t just become normal — it becomes vitally important and sacred and revered, and they’ll tell you that just about the worst thing you can do is laugh about it and mock it.

Screw it, let’s laugh anyway:



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