New Reality Show in Which Chosen Participants Agree to Marry at First Sight Will Feature Humanist Chaplain

Check out the premise of this new reality show premiering in July on the soon-to-launch network FYI (formerly The Biography Channel):

Hundreds of single people interested in long-term relationships are pared down to 6 individuals — 3 “scientifically”-matched couples — on the basis of four areas: clinical psychology, sociology, sexology, and religion/spirituality. After they are matched up by experts in those fields, the couples agree to get legally married before even meeting each other.

It’s called Married at First Sight. Consider it an arranged marriage where your parents have nothing to do with it.

And guess who the religion/spirituality adviser is?

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Don’t Put Your Religious Beliefs on Your Resume… Especially if You’re Atheist, Muslim, or Pagan

When I applied for my first teaching job, I decided to leave off any mention of volunteer work I’d done with atheist groups, any leadership positions I held in them, and any scholarships I received from them. I just didn’t know who would look at the application and why give them a reason not to hire me?

At the same time, I knew that if I had volunteered with, say, a church youth group, it would probably boost my chances of getting the job.

Now, two new studies confirm that line of thinking.

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Former Irish President: Having Celibate Bishops Review Catholic Teachings About Family is “Completely Bonkers”

It’s not exactly a new idea, but few people have said it better.

Discussing the pontiff’s plans for an October synod so bishops can review questions of family life in Catholic doctrine, former Irish president Mary McAleese (below) had some very direct remarks; she said it was “completely bonkers” as well as “profoundly wrong and skewed.” But if you ask me, the money quote is this:

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A Church, Seemingly Doubling as a PAC, Endorses a Republican Candidate. So Why Is It Still Tax-Exempt?

Last month, this full page ad appeared in The Mississippi Link, a Jackson-based newspaper aimed at an African-American audience:

It’s an ad supporting Republican Senator Thad Cochran (who ultimately didn’t earn enough votes to win his primary and will compete in a run-off election next Tuesday). But the curious part is that the ad was paid for by “All Citizens for Mississippi,” a political action committee (PAC).

Derek Willis of the New York Times investigated the group and discovered something incredibly shady:

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New Survey Shows More Than Half of Britain Has No Religion

This is pretty shocking information. I knew the religious trends in Britain were going in a non-religious direction for younger citizens, but I didn’t think “No Religion” would cross the 50% threshold so quickly for the whole population.

Yet, that’s what the 31st annual British Social Attitudes survey concluded in a report published yesterday:

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