Australian Group’s Billboard Campaign Pushes Back Against Christian Theology Taught in Public Schools

The whole idea of “special religious instruction” in public schools is a joke. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths, but in practice, it’s just a way to push Christianity into the classroom.

That’s the case in Victoria, Australia, where story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and they’re always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses. To that end, they’re launching a billboard campaign today to let parents know what their kids are being taught in schools:

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John Oliver Describes the Problems with Sex Education in American Schools

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled the problem of sex education classes that refuse to educate students about sex:


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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 67: John Dehlin, Founder of the Mormon Stories Podcast

Our latest podcast guest is John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast.

John just completed his PhD in clinical and counseling psychology. His podcast celebrates the faith and also critiques it when necessary. Because of some of his views supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women within Mormonism, Dehlin was excommunicated from the Church earlier this year for apostasy. That story was covered in the New York Times.

We spoke with John about how discovering the truth about Mormon history pushed him away from the Church, why he still has a soft spot for the faith, and why Mormons have strategic reasons for standing firm against LGBT rights.

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Glimpses from Last Night’s Atheist-Sponsored Minor-League Baseball Game

Last night, for the fourth consecutive year, the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team became the “Mr. Paul Aints” for a promotion sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists.

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Franklin Graham Makes a Lot of Money for Someone Who Rejected Ministry Pay Years Ago

How much money does a pastor need to make before it looks *really* bad when he says he’s not in it for the money? Six figures? A quarter-million dollars?

How about $880,000?

That’s how much Franklin Graham (below) made last year heading up the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian relief organization), according to the Charlotte Observer:

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