Don’t Put Your Religious Beliefs on Your Resume… Especially if You’re Atheist, Muslim, or Pagan

When I applied for my first teaching job, I decided to leave off any mention of volunteer work I’d done with atheist groups, any leadership positions I held in them, and any scholarships I received from them. I just didn’t know who would look at the application and why give them a reason not to hire me?

At the same time, I knew that if I had volunteered with, say, a church youth group, it would probably boost my chances of getting the job.

Now, two new studies confirm that line of thinking.



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Former Irish President: Having Celibate Bishops Review Catholic Teachings About Family is “Completely Bonkers”

It’s not exactly a new idea, but few people have said it better.

Discussing the pontiff’s plans for an October synod so bishops can review questions of family life in Catholic doctrine, former Irish president Mary McAleese (below) had some very direct remarks; she said it was “completely bonkers” as well as “profoundly wrong and skewed.” But if you ask me, the money quote is this:



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A Church, Seemingly Doubling as a PAC, Endorses a Republican Candidate. So Why Is It Still Tax-Exempt?

Last month, this full page ad appeared in The Mississippi Link, a Jackson-based newspaper aimed at an African-American audience:

It’s an ad supporting Republican Senator Thad Cochran (who ultimately didn’t earn enough votes to win his primary and will compete in a run-off election next Tuesday). But the curious part is that the ad was paid for by “All Citizens for Mississippi,” a political action committee (PAC).

Derek Willis of the New York Times investigated the group and discovered something incredibly shady:

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New Survey Shows More Than Half of Britain Has No Religion

This is pretty shocking information. I knew the religious trends in Britain were going in a non-religious direction for younger citizens, but I didn’t think “No Religion” would cross the 50% threshold so quickly for the whole population.

Yet, that’s what the 31st annual British Social Attitudes survey concluded in a report published yesterday:



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Christian Student Gives Jesus-Lovin’ Graduation Speech After Claiming School Officials Tried to Censor Him

The law is pretty straightforward when it comes to prayers at public school graduations: You can’t have them. That means school officials can’t lead them (even if they’re sneaky about it). And student speakers can’t lead them, either. At least not with the knowledge of the administrators.

We’ve seen schools try to work around those guidelines by letting students vote to have a prayer (still illegal) or not screening students’ speeches beforehand (which is just asking for trouble).

At Brawley Union High School in California, the administrators screen the speeches — as they should. So when salutatorian Brooks Hamby (below) submitted a speech with the following line, the administrators correctly said no:



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