What Should a Religious Couple Do When One of Them Becomes an Atheist?

Suppose that you were religious when you got married but you eventually began to question your faith… What if, years down the line, you had a conversation like this with your still-religious partner?

“Could you see yourself still being married to me if I were no longer a Christian?” I asked.

After a brief stunned silence, she replied: “Well, I don’t know how to answer that because that wouldn’t be you.”

Gulp. I ventured a little further. “Well, what if it were me? What if I weren’t a believer anymore? Could you still see us together?”

After a long thoughtful pause, she answered: “But that’s not the man I married. That wouldn’t be you.”

Neil Carter had that experience and it led to him and his wife visiting a counselor… from their church. Which didn’t exactly work out:

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Why Can’t Those Atheists Be Nicer?

Mike Lee created this (parody) music video of Christians mocking atheists… even though it was made by an atheist… who’s mocking Christians… okay, my head hurts. But I still laughed my way through the whole thing (NSFW images/language):

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Pastor Rage-Preaches Against Divorced People Who Get Remarried

In the following video rant, Pastor Steven Anderson explains how he refuses to perform wedding ceremonies for couples if either of the people involved has gotten a divorce. Because “Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery“:

He offers this rage-filled response to anyone who doesn’t want to abide by his rules:

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An End to Pastagate: Student Union in London Apologizes For Removing Posters of Flying Spaghetti Monster

Remember the posters of the Flying Spaghetti Monster going missing from a freshers’ fair at London’s South Bank University? It was all a misunderstanding caused by an undertrained, overzealous staff member, says the student union responsible from the removal.

This afternoon, the union released a letter of apology.

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National Science Foundation Finds That Americans’ Belief in Astrology Is the Highest It’s Been In 30 Years

The spread of rational thinking appears unstoppable, evidenced by how secularization in the United States and Western Europe is continuing at encouraging speeds.

But by some other metrics, things aren’t really going our way.

According to data from the National Science Foundation’s just-released 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators study … the percentage of Americans who think astrology is “not at all scientific” declined from 62 percent in 2010 to just 55 percent in 2012 (the last year for which data is available). As a result, NSF reports that Americans are apparently less skeptical of astrology than they have been at any time since 1983.

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