No, He’s Not Defending You Either

Cue all the trigger warnings for this one.

(I’m pretty immune to graphic, disturbing things online, but this one made me squirm on the inside.)

I only link to this story of a brutal sexual assault because it includes this single sentence:

Mr. Paulino offered only one comment to reporters, saying he had Jesus on his side.

How anyone could do what this man did — and then have the audacity to suggest Jesus would defend him in some way — is just beyond belief.

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‘Godless’ Comedian Sarah Silverman: Atheists Are ‘Just As Obnoxious’ as Believers

On a recent HuffPost Live segment, comedian Sarah Silverman explained how she’s godless (a secular Jew), but finds value in ritual:



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Why Isn’t Pope Francis Bringing People Into the Pews?

Even though Pope Francis has charmed the socks off of even many hardcore atheists, a new analysis of data by the Pew Research Center shows that Francis’ popularity hasn’t led to more people sitting in pews on Sunday or even more people becoming Catholics in general. In fact, the data looks like the electrocardiogram of a dead patient:



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Jewish Court Tries to Force Mother to Circumcise Her Young Son, on Penalty of Daily Fines

An Israeli rabbinical court has told a mother who is divorcing her husband that she must have her young son ritually circumcised. She’s being fined $140 a day until she complies.

The rabbinical judges in the case said in their decision the woman was opposing the circumcision as a means to bringing her husband back to her. They also referred explicitly to the growing debate around ritual male circumcision elsewhere in the world, and voiced their fear of the precedent that could be created by a Jewish Israeli woman allowed not to circumcise her son.

“We have witnessed for some time now public and legal struggles against the brit milah in many countries in Europe and in the United States,” the judges wrote. “The public in Israel has stood as one man against these trends, seeing them as yet another aspect of displays of anti-Semitism that must be combatted.”



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Watauga School District Will Accept Non-Theist Posters, but Principals Don’t Have to Display Them

A Humanist group in North Carolina has offered a matching donation to the public schools in Watauga County: posters that remind the pupils of the historical Treaty of Tripoli, which states, courtesy of founding founder John Adams,

The United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.

The “matching” aspect is in the fact that the same schools recently accepted posters proclaiming “In God We Trust,” provided by a chapter of the American Legion.

Late last week, in a brief phone call, Marshall Ashcraft, the district’s Director of Public Information, told Cash Wilson, VP of the Western North Carolina Humanists, that the district will accept their Tripoli-poster offer.



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