Appeals Court Says Pharmacy Owners in Washington (State) Must Fill Prescriptions Despite Their Religious Views

In a welcome development yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that pharmacies in Washington (State) must fill patients’ prescriptions even if the owner has religious objections. While individual pharmacists are still allowed to say no, someone else must do the work on their behalf without delay.



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Spare Me Your Prayers for Lafayette

Last night, a lone gunman entered a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana and opened fire, killing two and wounding seven before taking his own life. The setting was different, but the scene very much the same. After all, as this map from Vox of mass shootings in the U.S. since Sandy Hook makes clear, this isn’t exactly a rare occurrence anymore:



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Even in Antarctica, the Internet is Leading to a Decline in Catholic Church Membership

We know the Catholic Church is losing members all over the place, but who knew that included Antarctica?

The Chapel of the Snows (below) at the United States’ McMurdo Station has lost so many members that it will no longer need a Catholic priest on duty:



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The People of Lafayette Don’t Need Your Prayers; They Need Better Laws

In response to the shootings in Lafayette, Louisiana earlier tonight, Governor Bobby Jindal asked his Twitter followers to “say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.”

While I understand the sentiment — you want to do something in the aftermath of a tragedy — let’s all admit that prayer won’t change anything. They won’t stop another shooting in the future. They won’t bring back the victims. Maybe they’ll help the people saying them get through the night, but there’s no effect greater than that.

This cartoon by James MacLeod offers a more useful suggestion:



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Bill Cosby’s a Horrible Person, Too

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, is about… well, you’ll see.



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