Dr. Ben Carson Tells Atheist We Should Fight Against Laws That Oppose “Judeo-Christian Values”

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

Yesterday, he asked Dr. Ben Carson about his faith — specifically how religion would play a role in his presidency and whether he, like Ted Cruz, thinks of himself as a Christian first and American second:

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Why Richard Dawkins Was Booted from the NECSS Conference

A couple of days ago, the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) decided to boot Richard Dawkins from the lineup after initially announcing he would be a keynote speaker. They explained that this came in response to Dawkins’ “approving re-tweet of a highly offensive video.”

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Today, Steven Novella offered a bit more detail into how that decision was made:

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The Church Administration is Always Right

I would love for a Christian to explain to me how this video is anything but creepy and cultish:

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Who Cares if That Colander on Your Head Makes You Look Ridiculous?

The downside of wearing a colander in your driver’s license picture to honor your Pastafarian faith?

Your wife’s gonna be furious.

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One wrote to John Hodgman, a comedian/author who dispenses advice in the New York Times:

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The Phoenix (AZ) City Council Is Now Trying to Block Satanists from Delivering Invocation Prayers

It was just a couple of days ago that we learned the Phoenix (Arizona) City Council had given the green light to members of The Satanic Temple to deliver an invocation prayer at a meeting on February 17.

Satanic Templars Michelle Shortt (below) and Stu de Haan would be delivering the address:

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But now that word has gotten out about this, city officials are frantically trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

On Friday night, council members held an “emergency meeting” that would shut the door to the Satanists. Instead of having an open forum where anyone could request a date to deliver an invocation prayer, they want to create a rotating system where invocation speakers would have to be pre-approved.

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