GOP candidate urges Christians to ‘rise up’ against Atheists

A Republican candidate for Congress claims Satan is to blame for legal efforts to separate church and state, and is urging Christians to rise up against any atheist seeking elected office.Jody Hice, a right-wing Baptist pastor and the GOP nominee for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia, argues America must follow God’s law, and campaigns to place copies of the Ten Commandments throughout public buildings as part of his spiritual battle to save America.Hice made his offensive and d … [Read more...]

Popular Christian radio host guilty of sexually assaulting boy

After admitting to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy and storing images of the attack on his computer, Christian radio host John Balyo entered a guilty plea in federal court on two charges of child pornography and sexually assaulting a child.Entering a guilty plea in federal court on Tuesday, Balyo, 35, admitted to meeting with another man and a 12-year-old boy in a Kalamazoo hotel room in April. The men sexually assaulted the boy, who was paid in cash by Balyo.According to reports, … [Read more...]

Muslims insulted by Scottie dogs at Commonwealth Games

Muslims don’t like dogs, and they are outraged and insulted that Scottie dogs were used in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The use of Scottie dogs in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last week in Glasgow, Scotland, left many Muslims upset because most Muslims consider dogs to be “unclean.”Each competing team was led out by a designated Scottie dogs during the opening ceremony. Each dog wore a tartan coat embroidered with the name of a team.Most obser … [Read more...]

Turkish leader tells women not to laugh out loud in public

Laughter is immoral? Citing the Quran, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said women should not laugh in public.Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arinc complained about “moral corruption” in Turkey, and described his ideal of a chaste Muslim woman, noting: “She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.” People need to discover the Quran once again, Arinc said, lamenting what he claims to be a steady decline … [Read more...]

Satanists claim religious exemption from anti-abortion laws

Turnabout is fair play: Satanists are using the Hobby Lobby ruling to demand religious exemptions from anti-abortion laws.The Satanic Temple has launched a new campaign seeking a religious exemption to certain anti-abortion laws that attempt to dissuade women from ending a pregnancy. The group says they have deeply held beliefs about bodily autonomy and scientific accuracy, and those beliefs are violated by state-level “informed consent” laws that rely on misleading information about abo … [Read more...]

Court rules Ground Zero Cross is Secular, not Religious


Tortured logic: A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court has found that “the actual purpose in displaying the Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular.”That’s right, the court ruled the purpose of displaying a Christian symbol has always been secular.The appeals court ruled on Monday that the memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility because the purpose of the cross is secular, not relig … [Read more...]

Atheist activists issue joint statement on bullying and harassment

Prominent atheist activists Ophelia Benson and Professor Richard Dawkins released a joint statement this weekend condemning bullying and harassment within the community of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and other secular minded individuals.The statement was released simultaneously this weekend on Benson’s blog and Dawkins’ website. The following is the text of that statement in full: It’s not news that allies can’t always agree on everything. People who rely on reason rather than dogma to … [Read more...]

Conservative Christians boycott ‘Black Jesus’

Black Jesus

Blasphemy? Conservative Christians are apoplectic with rage over the portrayal of Jesus Christ as an altruistic black guy living in modern-day Compton, California.Several Christian groups are boycotting the new Adult Swim comedy “Black Jesus” before its first episode even airs.Washington Post reports that currently there are at least four petitions asking Adult Swim to cancel the show. The biggest one, by Christian Network, has more than 3,000 signatures. It asserts that the sh … [Read more...]