The Number of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation is Much Higher Than We Thought

Well, this will ruin your day.

We’ve been underestimating the number of females who are victims of genital mutilation. By at least 70,000,000.


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Mormon Author Whose “CES Letter” Helped Many Leave the Faith Now Faces Excommunication

Jeremy Runnells, the author of the viral Mormon phenomenon known as the CES Letter, is facing an LDS Church disciplinary council and very possible ex-communication.

It has been more than two-and-a-half years since Jeremy published the document asking a director of the LDS Church Educational System (CES) for clarification of Church history that he found disturbing.


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“Atheists Make Better Lovers” Billboard Goes Up in California

Four years ago, the Backyard Skeptics group in California put up a billboard, just in time for Valentines Day, featuring the phrase “Atheists make better lovers. (After all, nobody is watching.)”

You know a message like that bears repeating, which is why it’s back up all this month:


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Comedian Margaret Cho, Rapper Killah Priest, and Several Others Added to Reason Rally Lineup

In 2012, the Reason Rally, a gathering of atheists in Washington, D.C., brought together an estimated 20,000-30,000 people from across the country. A similar (and much larger) event is taking place at the Lincoln Memorial on June 4, though information on what’s going on that weekend and who will speak at the rally has been scant up to this point (in part due to staffing changes over the past few months).

But details about the event are coming together quickly.

Last night, the website was updated with an expanded speaking roster and more information on the events surrounding the rally.


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CFI Won’t Appeal Ruling Allowing Christian Ex-Convict Ministries in Florida to Get State Funding

For prisoners who are granted parole or finish their sentences, it can be very tough to assimilate back into society. If they’re lucky, they’ll have the help of individuals or organizations that can serve as a sort of training area from the moment they leave prison, teaching them vital skills, helping them obtain necessary paperwork, offering useful social programs, and showing them how to get food and apply for housing.

Florida works with several groups that provide these services, but two of them — Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries — are explicitly Christian organizations. They’re voluntary, but there’s a question of whether the state should be using taxpayer money to support any faith-based group that does this sort of work.

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