New York City Health Board Gets Rid of Consent Forms for Snip-N-Suck Circumcisions

There’s a disturbing practice in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture known as metzitzah b’peh in which a rabbi (mohel) sucks the blood from a baby boy who has just been circumcised. If that wasn’t disgusting enough, some of the mohels have had herpes simplex, passing the virus on to the children. Since 2000, more than a dozen infants have contracted herpes in this manner and at least two have died.

In some cases, parents weren’t even made aware the mohels were performing this ritual.

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CJ Werleman’s Shameless, Irresponsible Attempt to Describe “The New Atheist Threat”

There was a time when CJ Werleman was writing a number of books promoting atheism, with titles like God Hates You, Hate Him Back, Jesus Lied: He Was Only Human, and Atheists Can’t Be Republicans.

Then, he began taking the Ann Coulter and Donald Trump approach to atheism, using hyperbolic rhetoric to get attention and lashing out against anyone who criticized him, discrediting himself as a rational voice along the way. He’s compared Sam Harris to Pat Robertson, called the New Atheists “white supremacists,” said that Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins echo “religious crusaders who wish to cleanse the earth of opposing religious beliefs,” and blamed Harris and Dawkins for the Chapel Hill shootings earlier this year.

Things only got worse after he got caught committing plagiarism in a number of his articles. He later admitted screwing up, but not before falsely accusing Sam Harris of doing the same thing. (Harris debunked those accusations with ease.)

Werleman has now released a book called The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists in which he calls New Atheism a “cult” that is “every bit as crude and racist as fascist, neo-Nazi, movements.”



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Bill Nye Discusses Changing the World with Science

At the Center For Inquiry Summit in 2013, Bill Nye spoke about changing the world with science.

His lecture is now online. Which is great, since you don’t have any other plans for Sunday morning.



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Foundation Dedicated to Free Speech Created in Honor of Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger who is currently facing 1000 lashes, 10 years in jail, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000), all because be began a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. He was charged with apostasy.

On Friday, his wife Ensaf Haidar announced the formation of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an organization promoting freedom of expression worldwide and supporting journalists in the Arab world:

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Texas Elementary School Teacher with Cross in Classroom Told Students About the Lord’s Perfection

At Benavides Elementary School in Brownsville, Texas, it looks like proselytizing is part of one teacher’s curriculum.

According to a letter sent to District officials by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a third grade teacher doesn’t seem to know what the boundaries are when it comes to her faith.

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