Murderer, 84, Says No to Earthly Justice; Would Like to Settle Deadly Dispute Over Cable TV in the Afterlife

In Minneapolis, an 84-year-old man allegedly shot and killed his son, 36, who’d refused to buy the old man a cable TV subscription.

Pang Se Vang is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang.



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Chicago Tribune Covers the Upcoming ‘Humanism at Work’ Conference

This summer, in Chicago, Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its first ever conference to discuss how non-theists can come together to make the world a better place:

The Chicago Tribune‘s Manya Brachear Pashman has a great story on the event and why we feel it’s so necessary. (Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall. Good thing atheists don’t spend a lot of time online or anything…)

Anyway, here are some of the highlights:

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Quadruple Score: Drunk, Speeding Priest Is Found In Possession of Pot, Guns

Alaska parish priest Sean P. Thomson broke the law in four different ways last week when he got pulled over for speeding and the trooper discovered that the good shepherd was drunk out of his skull (at three times the legal limit) and in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Also, the padre was carrying two firearms, one of which he allegedly failed to declare when asked.



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Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on Atheism; New Laws Declares It Equivalent to Terrorism

We’ve seen before how Saudi pundits find it easy to conflate atheism and terrorism, but now it’s official: Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism laws say outright that nonbelievers and others who commit thought crime are the same as violent terrorists.



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Right Now: A Conversation Between an Atheist and a Catholic

I don’t normally do debates, but at 3:00 (CT), I’ll be having an online conversation with one of Patheos’ Catholic bloggers Billy Kangas:

We’ll be discussing the importance (or not) of traditions, the World Vision U.S. controversy, the Pope, and whatever other questions you may have for us.

You can watch the whole thing right here (and feel free to chime in with questions):



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