Crucifix Stolen From Church of Saint Anthony, Named After the Patron Saint of Lost or Stolen Items

This past Wednesday, a church in the Bronx was the scene of a peculiar theft. A five-foot crucifix, worth $5,000, was taken from the lobby of the Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. The cross went missing during mass.

That a thief or thieves would come in while services were ongoing in the adjacent room in order to steal a life-sized crucifix is bizarre enough. Where the story gets really interesting is when you consider that the church’s namesake, Saint Anthony, is the patron saint of lost and — you guessed it — stolen items.

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U.S. Court OKs Gay-Hating Pastor Scott Lively Getting Sued For Crimes Against Humanity… but Don’t Rejoice Just Yet

Scott Lively is not your average Christian homophobe. Most anti-gay Christians stop short of calling for the annihilation of gay people; and the occasional unhinged pastor, such as Steven Anderson, who wants the death penalty for homosexuals, has no serious political clout and no way of pushing the government into enacting such legislation.

But Lively had just such a chance when, in 2009, he became involved in Uganda’s infamous Kill the Gays bill. Fortunately, that shocking legislation was first toned down to become the “Just Put Gay People in Jail for Life” bill, as our own Hännah Ettinger remarked archly, and was then defeated on a technicality back in August of this year.

That doesn’t change the allegations that Lively, in the flesh, consulted with rabidly anti-gay Ugandan legislators, and in general fanned the flames of extreme anti-gay hysteria in that country, with fatal results for some.



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The Illinois State Capitol Rotunda is Now Home to a Very Optimistic Atheist Display

Late last week, the Springfield Area Freethinkers put up the following sign in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda:



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I’ve posted this in the past. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do it again. Thanks!

Over the past couple of years, what began as a personal blog has turned into a hub with several contributors and multiple posts per day. As always, I’d like to continue expanding the reach of this site. That entails bringing on additional contributors with different voices, including more guest posts from people who can offer interesting and different perspectives, creating more YouTube videos, and making the podcasts sound more professional.

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Christian Convert with Anti-Muslim History Runs Down Muslim Teen Outside Mosque

Fifteen year old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein was leaving the Somali Center of Kansas City to head home after prayers on Thursday evening when a SUV struck him. The Chevy Blazer severed Sheikh-Hussein’s legs before the driver fled the scene. The teen was transported to a local hospital, where he died not too long after from his injuries and blood loss.

But Sheikh-Hussein’s death was no accident, no panicked hit-and-run. The driver who swerved into him was Ahmed H. Aden (below), a former Muslim and convert to Christianity with a history of conflict with the Muslim/Somali community. Aden acknowledged that he deliberately swerved into the teen, but says that Sheikh-Hussein was not his intended victim.



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