San Francisco Students Protest Catholic School “Morality” Policy

Students at a San Francisco Catholic high school have had enough of their administration telling them that being gay is a “grave evil” — and they’re standing up for teachers who they fear could lose their jobs.

Earlier in February, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone sent a letter to teachers in the Archdiocesan Catholic High Schools “clarifying” the church’s view on morality. One of the affected schools is Archbishop Riordan High School.

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After Atheist Billboard in Alabama Gets Taken Down Early Following Complaints, It Goes Back Up Better Than Before

Last month, the following billboard went up in Mobile, Alabama (along with other billboards in two other cities) to mark the launch of the Gulf Coast Coalition of Reason:

While the contract said the billboard would be up for a month beginning around Christmas, the placement of that ad was actually delayed by two weeks.

Delays happen. So the simple solution would be to keep the billboard up for an extra two weeks to make up for the lost time, right?

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Pastor Scott Lively Wants You To Know He’s Not Anti-Gay, Only “Anti-Homosexuality”

I once called Scott Lively a “gay-hating pastor,” and now he’s mad. Not at me in particular, but at every headline writer who publishes that descriptor about him. He’s not gay-hating or anti-gay at all, he swears.

I’ll let him explain, via a letter to the editor he got published yesterday in The Republican, his hometown newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts:

The news page is supposed to offer impartial fact-reporting for its readers to analyze and interpret for themselves. Instead, The Republican‘s stories about me are often peppered with conclusory statements from a decidedly leftist perspective and deliberately poison the well against me by citing only facts that bolster the accusations of my opponents — even though I have a long history of doing good works in Springfield that have benefited the city.

Most irritating and misleading is that all or most of the stories identify me (often in the title) as “anti-gay pastor,” as if that were some sort of professional title rather than an editorial comment. I strongly object to that characterization, which deliberately misrepresents my opposition to the mainstreaming of homosexual conduct as hatred of homosexual persons.



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Egyptian Student Given One Year Prison Sentence for Promoting Atheism on Facebook

In 2013, 20-year-old Sherif Gaber was arrested for starting a Facebook group about religion. His own post on the subject explained his deconversion:

I started to see the contradictions between the Quran and scientific facts, and day by day for 2 years after searching and reading I knew the truth. Then I became an atheist and hid it for a few months. Then I admit it despite knowing that I might get killed any moment…

Even though I’m not afraid to say I’m an atheist to everyone who asks about my religion… To die for the truth is much much better to live in a lie!

Apparently, the now-22-year-old Suez Canal University student was outed by his classmates. They told the school President, who in turn “filed a legal complaint against the student to the local prosecution on the grounds of contempt of religion.”

He was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail for his “crime”:



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Atheists Raise Over $20,000 for Syrian Children in Honor of Chapel Hill Shooting Victim

One of the victims of the Chapel Hill shootings in North Carolina was 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat (below, left):

Baraket, a dental student whose family came from Syria, planned to visit Turkey this summer to provide aid to refugees in a program sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation. He called his own fundraiser for the trip “Project Refugee Smiles.”

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