FFRF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Praying School Board in Chino Valley, California

If you attend a meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California), you’d think you were at a church service.

School boards, unlike city councils, are not supposed to have prayer of any sort because children are often present. But these board members never got the memo:

… CVUSD Board of Education President James Na said [at a meeting] “our lives begin in the hospital and end in the church, and urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him.” Mr. [Andrew] Cruz “closed by reading Psalm 143.”

In fact, there’s a Bible verse read at most meetings:

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If You Had Premarital Sex, This Baptist Pastor and College President Believes You’re a “Filthy Dishrag”

Recently surfaced video reveals some profound thoughts on modesty from Paul Chappell, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church of Lancaster California and president of the West Coast Baptist College.

He begins with reflections on “purity.” To fundamentalist Christians, “purity” refers to abstinence and “modest dressing.” As is typical from the “purity” movement, Chappell’s emphasis is entirely on women’s premarital sexual activity and women’s clothing:

… what ever happened to purity? What ever happened to that? What ever happened to the days when girls said “I’m not going to be touched by every guy, I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dish rag on my wedding day”? What ever happened to that?

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The Bible Would Be So Much Better with Updates…

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Megan Amram shows us what the Bible would look like with software-like updates.

Because Version 1.0 just isn’t cutting it anymore:

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The Problem with Hell Houses

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problem with Hell Houses.

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Prompted by Archangel, Schizophrenic Killer on “Mercy Mission” for God Sold Pastries With Human Flesh

A taste for religious retribution and a desire to punish evil led three people to kill female victims and use their flesh in pastries, a Brazilian court heard. So on Friday,

A jury in northeastern Brazil … delivered sentences of 20-23 years in prison for three people convicted of killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries.

Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira was sentenced to 23 years in prison while his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva received 20-year sentences.

Police said the three lured women to their house by promising them a job as a nanny.

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