$10,000 a Prayer: If Humanist Group Prevails in Court, These Elected Officials May Owe Hefty Fine for Violating Law

For the second time in less than a week, the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners has defied a judge’s decision and opened a meeting with a prayer to Jesus.

Last week, a day after a judge told them to stop the illegal practice, commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier chose to break the law:

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Todd Starnes Has Another Story of Christian Persecution; Doesn’t Say That Victim’s Father is Promoting His Book

Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio has this nasty habit of creating material for Snopes to debunk. He takes misunderstandings, slaps a “Christian persecution” tag on them, and fails to apologize when his story turns out to be wrong.

For his latest trick, he tackles a story about a young Florida student who just wanted to pray before eating lunch… but a teacher stopped her:

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Another Dramatization of a Message Written on a Christian Forum

Brilliant: An actor dramatically reads a comment from a Christian forum:

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Mother Jones Probe Finds That Hobby Lobby Invests Millions in Makers of Birth-Control Pills and Abortifacients

As we’ve seen, the owners of Hobby Lobby, a national chain of craft stores, don’t like the part of the Affordable Care Act that would oblige them to cover emergency contraception in their employees’ healthcare plans. It’s against their religious beliefs, you see. So Hobby Lobby took its fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where a ruling is expected in June.

Meanwhile, we can all marvel at these facts, unearthed by Molly Redden at Mother Jones:

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8 Reasons Purity Balls Are Just Plain Creepy and Wrong

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 8 problems with “purity balls”:

You can read more about purity balls here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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