Watch This Short Irish Film About a Young Atheist Challenging Religious Authorities

A few days ago, I posted about a short Irish-language film about an eight-year-old atheist who challenges religious authorities. It’s called Rúbaí and it is still making the film festival rounds.

For the moment, though, the entire thing can be seen on YouTube. Watch it before it gets taken down:

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Book Featuring Jewish-Arab Love Story Banned in Israeli Classrooms

A Romeo and Juliet-like story featuring a Palestinian artist and an Israeli academic has been banned from the classroom by Israel’s government.

Dorit Rabinyan‘s book Gader Haya, known in English as Borderlife, won’t be included in the high school curriculum despite a push from teachers:

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The Problem with Conservative Christians and “Religious Liberty”

When it comes down to it, conservative Christians just don’t want to follow the laws they don’t like. They won’t come right out and say that, though. That’s why, when you listen to people like Gov. Mike Huckabee defending Kim Davis, you’ll see how self-contradictory their arguments really are.

Here’s an excellent look at this kind of flawed logic:

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Louisiana Courthouse Hosts Pro-Christian Signs from Government Agencies

If you visit the Jackson Parish Courthouse in Jonesboro, Louisiana, you’ll see several signs celebrating the holidays put up by local government offices, and they include these blatantly unconstitutional ones that explicitly promote Christianity:

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ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Selectively Choosing Which Women Can Have Tubal Ligations

As we’ve said on this site many times before, Catholic hospitals are more interested in following arbitrary faith-based rules than doing what’s best for patients.

One of the best examples is a tubal ligation procedure. If you’re a woman who’s giving birth and you’re having a C-section, you might decide that you’re also done having kids and you’d like to have your tubes tied so there are no unplanned pregnancies in the future.

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The doctor is already performing surgery, so performing a tubal ligation actually lets you kill two birds with one stone. It’s a safe procedure. Medical professionals even say that if you want your tubes tied, doing it during a C-section is a good idea because it doesn’t require an additional surgery.

But none of that matters to the bishops who control these hospitals. Sterilization runs contrary to God’s Will, so such procedures are denied, even if it’s in the best interests of the patients.

Now, the ACLU is suing Dignity Health in California because its client, Rebecca Chamorro, was denied a tubal ligation at Mercy Medical Center, putting her at risk if she were to have another child. Their lawsuit says California law trumps the religious whims of hospital administrators:

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