The People of Lafayette Don’t Need Your Prayers; They Need Better Laws

In response to the shootings in Lafayette, Louisiana earlier tonight, Governor Bobby Jindal asked his Twitter followers to “say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.”

While I understand the sentiment — you want to do something in the aftermath of a tragedy — let’s all admit that prayer won’t change anything. They won’t stop another shooting in the future. They won’t bring back the victims. Maybe they’ll help the people saying them get through the night, but there’s no effect greater than that.

This cartoon by James MacLeod offers a more useful suggestion:

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Bill Cosby’s a Horrible Person, Too

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, is about… well, you’ll see.

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Humanist Group Appeals Ruling Defending Public School Graduation Prayers in South Carolina District

More than two years ago, we learned that administrators at Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, South Carolina held a “graduation” ceremony inside of a church.

Maybe they could’ve gotten away with that — other public schools have held ceremonies in similar places — but the event’s program didn’t even attempt to shy away from promoting Christianity, listing two separate prayers:

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Rick Perry: The Worst Thing About Donald Trump is That He Doesn’t Ask God for Forgiveness

Yesterday, in a speech that was surprising partly because it took this long for a Republican Presidential candidate to deliver it, Gov. Rick Perry denounced Donald Trump and his overblown offensive rhetoric, calling Trump’s candidacy a “cancer on conservatism.”

(Also a cancer on conservatism? Most conservatives.)

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The Virgin Mary’s Mouth Isn’t Miraculously Moving in an Australian Church’s Painting

According to parishioners at Saint Charbel’s Maronite Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, a picture of the Virgin Mary has come to life and is joining them in prayer! Or at least her mouth is…

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