New Study: Americans Across the Political Spectrum Don’t Want Atheists to Marry Into Their Families

According to a major report released today by the Pew Research Center, political polarization in the American public is greater than ever before. (Surprise!)

Notably for this site, Pew asked respondents how they would feel if an immediate family member married someone who was either a born-again Christian or an atheist.

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This Shouldn’t Be Controversial, but a Southern Baptist Pastor Supports His Gay Son

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses a Southern Baptist pastor who recently came out in support of LGBT rights (and his congregation’s surprising reaction):

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Jesus, Full of Hot Air, Dons an Australian Jersey in Advance of the World Cup

In anticipation of the World Cup, Australian online gambling website Sportsbet released a hot air balloon this morning in Melbourne. The balloon was an imitation of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue wearing an Australian soccer jersey:

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Law Society of British Columbia Votes to Reverse Accreditation of Anti-Gay Christian School

Back in December, I posted about a proposed new law school in British Columbia affiliated with (Christian) Trinity Western University where gay students who acted on their sexual orientation would not be allowed through the doors:

At the time, I defended the school’s right to exist. My thinking was that, like private Christian schools in the United States, they could discriminate however they’d like — and it won’t ultimately matter since the students would still have to learn and defend Canadian law as written and pass the Canadian version of the bar exam. In other words, their Christian anti-gay bigotry wouldn’t work in the real world. (A few commenters attempted to refute my thinking here.)

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Justin Bieber’s Baptism in a Bathtub: Media Stunt or Genuine Conversion?

It’s a pretty common tradition among celebrities to observe a downward spiral in their public reputations by getting some religion.

So when we learn that Justin Bieber got baptized last month (in a bathtub, apparently for privacy reasons?), questions are naturally raised about the sincerity of his faith. This news follows the release of old videos in which he used racist slurs. Coincidence? Probably not.

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