For Reasons That Make No Sense At All, an Appeals Court Has Upheld NYC’s Ban on Worship Services in Public Schools

In 1994, the Bronx Household of Faith (an urban church) filled out an application to rent out space at a New York City public school for its Sunday morning services. Their application was rejected because of something now known as “Standard Operating Procedure” (SOP) §5.11.

No outside organization or group may be allowed to conduct religious services or religious instruction on school premises after school. However, the use of school premises by outside organizations or groups after school for the purpose of discussing religious material or material which contains a religious viewpoint or for distributing such material is permissible.

So it was okay for groups to rent out the space to teach kids about religion… but if it became too church-like, that was a no-no? (What was the difference? Saying “Amen”?)

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What Could’ve Prevented the Fort Hood Shooting? Learning the Ten Commandments, Says Bryan Fischer

A day after another tragedy at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, it’s not surprising that people would be searching for answers or trying to figure out if anything could’ve prevented the shooting.

Thankfully, we have the American Family Association’s Christian mouthpiece Bryan Fischer to answer that latter question for us:



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Welcome to the Creation Museum

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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q2 2014 Slate of Charities

The Foundation Beyond Belief has just announced its five beneficiaries for the new quarter — each charity will likely receive several thousands of dollars, courtesy of atheist donors:



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After All This Time, People Are Finally Seeing the Real Pastor Mark Driscoll

In case you haven’t been following the Pastor Mark Driscoll saga lately — and consider yourself lucky if you haven’t — the man’s ego is finally exploding all around him. Former colleagues are speaking out against him, mistakes made with his publishing career (faking sales numbers, plagiarizing) are coming to light, and his past offensive statements are all coming back to bite him in the ass.

It’s beautiful, really, to witness his comeuppance.

If you have missed the details, Valerie Tarico has an excellent summary at AlterNet that’s worth a read:

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