In Spain, Atheist Mother Wants Secular First Communion Celebration for Her Daughter

If you think of a wedding as a primarily religious occasion, then a civil ceremony is a secularized version of the same thing. You get all of the pomp and “official-ness” without any of the religious nonsense. And it makes sense to have that alternative since you don’t need God to celebrate a union of two people.

But do you really need a secular version of a religious ritual?

Dolores Diez, an atheist in Spain, is calling for her local town hall to conduct a civil communion for her 8-year-old daughter.

Seriously.



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How to Sit Next to a Gay Person on an Airplane: Homophobe Edition

Suppose you got on an airplane, sat down next to a random stranger, made small talk about your families, and discovered he has a husband back home. What would you do?

Correct answer: Nothing. Because who cares.

If it were me, I’d just say, “That’s nice,” before putting on my earbuds and falling asleep. Because there’s nothing more that needs to be said. Being on an airplane is like standing at a urinal: I acknowledge other people are really close to me but that doesn’t mean we have to have a conversation.



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Ken Ham Says New Evolution Book for Kids is a Form of Childhood Indoctrination

I recently posted about Grandmother Fish, a children’s book designed to teach basic concepts of evolution to pre-schoolers.

Creationist Ken Ham is furious about this because he considers the book a form of indoctrination. Because teaching kids how science works goes against everything Ham stands for:

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“Jesus” Judo Kicks Man Who Spit on Him at Abortion Protest

A man dressed as Jesus showed up to an abortion protest outside of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota last week with the intent of humorously annoying the opposition. Nik Severson, A.K.A. Jesus, sang “99 bottles of beer” and various chants while holding a sign with an arrow pointing at protesters that read, “Should have been aborted.”

The joke was not shared by a passerby, Tyson Kuznia, who felt Severson was being “both slanderous and intentionally rude towards the protesters,” and decided to cast the first stone by spitting in Severson’s face. Because, apparently, Severson is a judoka in a Jesus disguise, his response was to administer a sweeping leg kick, injuring Kuznia’s knees and breaking his glasses on the way down.

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Christian Students in Kentucky Put Post-It Notes with Bible Verses on Every Locker in School

In Kentucky this week, a group of Christian students at two high schools thought it would be just awesome if they wrote Bible verses on Post-It notes and slapped them on the lockers of every student. (Because Jews and Muslims and Hindus and atheists need to convert and putting litter on their lockers is the best way to make it happen, I guess.)

But the notes that were put up on Wednesday afternoon were gone by Thursday morning at one of the high schools.



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