John Oliver’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” Church Exposes Faith-Based Fraud

I know it’s a cliché at this point to say John Oliver and his staff at Last Week Tonight are amazing, but screw it: What they did last night was incredible.

In a twenty-minute segment, Oliver exposed the ridiculous IRS rules that allow tax-exempt churches to form all too easily, the televangelists who use that opportunity to take advantage of gullible followers, and the fact that you can count on less than one hand how often the IRS has audited churches over the past couple of years.

If nothing else, watch the bit involving the (very real) seven-month correspondence with Christian huckster Robert Tilton around the 10:30 mark. That gives you an idea of how long this segment has been incubating:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 68: Neil Carter, Writer at Godless in Dixie

Our latest podcast guest is Neil Carter, a blogger at Godless in Dixie, where he writes about being an atheist in the Deep South. He’s a teacher, a personal trainer, and a father.

I spoke with Neil about what it’s like being non-religious in Mississippi, the “evandelism” that followed his coming out, and the importance of having someone to talk to when you have religious doubts.

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After Removing Biblical Posts on Jonesboro’s 911 Facebook Page, Mayor Rethinks His Decision

Last month, the Facebook page for Jonesboro (Arkansas) 911 posted several items promoting Christianity:

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Once Again, a Naked Devil Statue Appears in Vancouver

Nearly a year ago, a mysterious naked (and apparently very happy to see you) statue of Satan appeared atop a pedestal in Vancouver.

It was later removed by city officials.

This week, a pregnant naked female devil appeared in the same city:

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Swiss Bishop Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments After LGBT Rights Group Files Suit

After stirring a major controversy in Switzerland (and drawing upon himself the infernal wrath of the European LGBT community), a homophobic Swiss bishop has decided that gays may not risk eternal damnation after all.

It took more than two weeks for Vitus Huonder, the Bishop of Chur (Switzerland), to come to his senses and issue a not-so-heartfelt apology.

But don’t give the man too much credit just yet. His mea culpa feels as moving as reading the back of a cereal box.

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