Atheist-Turned-Christian Files Complaint Against School District Because Teacher Wore a Star of David Necklace

I don’t understand this guy.

Two years ago, Ernest Perce V (below, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists at the time) was one of the people trying to convince the Greencastle-Antrim School District board members to drop the Lord’s Prayer, a 50-year-old tradition.

And it worked! The board members realized they weren’t going to win this battle, so they stopped fighting it.



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Holy Hymen: If You Want To Be a Police Woman in Indonesia, Be Prepared For the Two-Finger Virginity Test

A two-finger virginity test for female cops? It’s just as ridiculous, degrading, and unnecessary as it sounds, but in Indonesia, it’s a reality.

The “virginity tests” are conducted under Chief Police Regulation No. 5/2009 on Health Inspection (Pemeriksaan Kesehatan) Guidelines for Police Candidates. Article 36 of the regulation requires female police academy applicants to undergo an “obstetrics and gynecology” examination. While the regulation does not specify that a “virginity test” is to be administered as part of the exam, two senior policewomen told Human Rights Watch that it has long been the practice. …

Applicants who “failed” were not necessarily expelled from the force, but all of the women described the test as painful and traumatic.

If recruits who aren’t sufficiently virginal aren’t even dismissed (not that I’d want them to be), what is the point of having the test in the first place? I’d normally venture that it’s just a scheme by a bunch of pervy men looking for a socially acceptable way to grope women, but the exams appear to be administered by female medical personnel.



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Today, on Capitol Hill, There Will Be a Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will be one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel (sitting next to people from Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty):



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Can’t Turn Off Your Lights on the Sabbath? No Problem. Just Ask the Local Police to Do It For You

Lakewood, New Jersey is home to about 60,000 Orthodox Jews who take the “resting on Sabbath Day” rule very seriously. That means, among other things, that they don’t use modern technology between Friday evening and Saturday evening.

So what happens when they need to turn off the lights or drive to get some groceries?

They’re enlisting the help of local law enforcement:



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They Must Sing These Songs at Camp Quest

If you ignore the fact that comedian Tim Hawkins doesn’t understand what the Sunday Assembly is, or why we accept evolution, or how atheists think, I suppose his roundup of atheist kids’ songs is pretty funny:



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