At Meeting, School Board Member Rants Against Gay Marriage and Says Racism is Over in America

The Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), as we’ve noted on this site before, is a place where Board of Education meetings resemble church services. That’s not an exaggeration. Three of the five members belong to the same Christian megachurch. And their inability to stop praying to Jesus at meetings has led to a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

And yet the ignorance is still in full swing. At a recent meeting, the Board’s Vice President Andrew Cruz went on a rant trashing gay marriage, invoking the Confederate Flag, arguing that racism is over, complaining about California’s recent mandatory vaccination laws, etc.

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Humanism Will Now Be Treated as a Religion in the Federal Prison System

The Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon — a part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons — houses nearly 2,000 inmates.

Those inmates, upon arrival, can designate a religious preference — which is how we know the religious makeup of inmates who volunteer that information.

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There Was Nothing Wrong with Richard Dawkins’ Tweet That “Islam Needs a Feminist Revolution”

I’ve disagreed with Richard Dawkins before on his insensitivity to women, feminism, and majority privilege. Some of it he’s apologized for, so I’d like to think we’re starting to be heard. I know all too well from environmental campaigns the importance of acknowledging our successes.

And thus, I part with my fellow Friendly Atheist contributor Lauren Nelson in her recent post, which struck out scathingly at Dawkins for the following single tweet:

There is nothing wrong with those words.  The question deserves answers, not attacks.

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Christian Pastor Compares Sex Education to Letting Kids Play with Rattlesnakes

Pastor Danny Banks, a pastor at Myrtle Beach Christian Church in South Carolina, explained in a sermon over the weekend how comprehensive sex education was like letting your kids play with rattlesnakes:

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8 Stunning Revelations in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry in Australia

Right now, in Australia, there are public hearings taking place regarding allegations of Jehovah’s Witness leaders sexually abusing children. It’s as disturbing as you think it is.

An article in the Daily Telegraph shed light on some of the mind-boggling revelations:

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