What Happens When Two Pro-Life Atheists Attend a Christian Group’s Anti-Abortion Training Seminar?

Last month, two members of Secular Pro-Life (Ellen and Monica) attended a training session run by Christian anti-abortion group Justice For All. You can read their writeups on the event, but it might be more interesting to hear the exchange in the video below, moderated by JFA’s Josh Brahm:



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College Atheists Push Back Against Hateful Christian Preacher in Very Clever Ways

Brother Jed Smock, the notorious campus preacher who spouts fire and brimstone wherever he goes, made a visit to Boise State University in Idaho this week — and the campus’ Secular Student Alliance was ready for him.

They made their “Bigot Bingo!” cards (complete with a square marked “So-whore-ity sisters”):

They had a board where students could check whether they considered Smock’s diatribe hate speech or not:

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Idiotic Woman Flings Slushie at Anti-Gay Protester, Risks Three Months in Jail

On Mother’s Day, Christine Weick, a born-again Christian protester against gay marriage, stood at a busy intersection in Grandville, Michigan, and displayed a sign that read: “Thank your mom today for not being gay.”

Soon, counter-protesters showed up with competing signs, which read “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot,” “Fuck her,” and “But two moms can be fabulous!”

Fair game, right?

But then,

… a woman named Jessica Prince approached Weick and threw a slushie at her.



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Citizenship Ceremony Forced to Change Venues After Carteret (New Jersey) Mayor Insists on Including Prayer

About 30 people were set to become naturalized U.S. citizens over the weekend in Carteret, New Jersey, but the ceremony had to be moved after Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman (below) insisted that the event had to include a religious prayer:

Reiman said yesterday that although he assured officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the prayer would be nondenominational, the agency declined to allow the prayer.

“They refused to budge on that,” Reiman said this evening.

“I told them (employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) they’re no longer allowed to use city hall,” he said.

A spokesperson for the CIS told the Associated Press that the ceremonies are designed to be as inclusive as possible which is why they don’t include prayers.

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Father: My Son’s Atheism Could’ve Been a Warning Sign That He Wanted to Kill His Classmates

A town in Minnesota may have escaped another Columbine High School-like massacre. When student John LaDue was (thankfully) arrested a couple of weeks ago, he confessed to a plan that would have killed his parents and sister and many, many students and staff members at his high school.

If convicted of one count of first-degree attempted murder as an adult, he could serve up to 18 years, according to state guidelines. If convicted as a juvenile, however, he could be released from detention when he turns 21.

The teenager told police that he had an SKS assault rifle with 400 rounds of ammunition, a 9mm handgun with ammo and a gun safe with more firearms, all in his bedroom at home.

Authorities found seven firearms and three completed bombs there. Another three bombs, along with chemicals and other materials, were found in the storage unit. He also had 60 pounds of metal ball bearings.

The Star Tribune spoke with his apologetic father who says he looked for signs of trouble but never saw any.

The reason I’m posting about it here, though, is that one of the only “signs” father David LaDue can recall standing out was his son’s purported atheism:

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