Theocracy watch: Iowa Governor asks citizens to pray, repent

Insulting the intelligence of many, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued an official proclamation calling on all Iowans to pray and repent on a daily basis. Earlier this year Branstad signed a proclamation calling for prayer around the country to begin on July 14, 2014, and was a featured speaker at an 11 hour Christian event launching the “pray and repent” campaign. The Governor’s proclamation reads:NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invit … [Read more...]

Facebook fiasco: Mother Jones insults atheists with lame joke


No atheists in hail storms? Mother Jones has egg on her face after insulting atheists with a tired and lame joke, proving even the most progressive publication can act like an ignorant  school yard bully. In an attempt to promote a hyped video of a rather mundane hailstorm in Siberia, the administrators of the Mother Jones’ Facebook page decided it would be cute to insult atheists with a play on the discredited and mean spirited assertion that “there are no atheists in fox holes.” However, inst … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson claims child’s stomach pains are caused by demonic possession

Pat Robertson

Diagnosis: Demons. Televangelist Pat Robertson recently advised a mother that the stomach pains suffered by her son are the result of demonic possession, and that she should seek out someone experienced in “spiritual warfare” to cast out those pesky demons. On Monday’s edition of the 700 Club, Robertson addressed an email written by a mother concerned about her son’s recurrent stomach pains. In the email, a viewer named Dianne explained that her son had “painful shock-waves thru his body” that o … [Read more...]

Perfume logo infuriates Sufi Muslims

Global protest: Sufi Muslims are infuriated that a perfume logo looks similar to their sacred symbol representing "Allah" or God. Followers of the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism, which has approximately 500,000 adherents worldwide, say the logo, a stylized H lying on its side, is based on an Arabic symbol that spells Allah and depicts harmony and peace. The daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Georgia May Jagger, was recently caught in a firestorm of … [Read more...]

‘Cosmos’ dominates Emmy nominations, scores big in ratings

The triumph of reason: It’s official, “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” is a huge mainstream success. The science program received an impressive 12 Emmy nominations and managed to draw the biggest global audience ever for the National Geographic Channel. Variety reports:“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which premiered this spring on Fox and National Geographic Channel and received an unprecedented rollout in 180 countries, has become the most-watched series ever for National Geographic Channel … [Read more...]

Kidnapped For Christ: Torture and abuse at Christian boarding schools

A powerful film documenting Christian re-education camps where evangelical parents send their gay children to be tortured and abused in the hopes of making them straight premieres on Showtime tonight. The film shines a harsh light on Christian behavioral modification programs used on gay kids and other children displaying “undesirable” behaviors. Some evangelical parents in the U.S. are sending their children overseas to unregulated boarding schools where children are tortured and abused, oft … [Read more...]

‘God’ appears in sliced eggplant – faithful rejoice

The faithful are rejoicing after the word “God” appeared in a sliced eggplant at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana Restaurant. Huffington Post reports that slicing into an eggplant turned into a religious experience for a Baton Rouge chef when he found the word "GOD" spelled out by the seeds inside the eggplant. WAFB reports Chef Jermarcus Brady couldn't believe what he was seeing. Brady said:I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds. It spelled out the word God! When you sliced into it, the p … [Read more...]

Christians torture youth at church-run group home

Beaten, maced, and forced to dig his own grave: The pastor and two members of a Corona church pleaded guilty Monday to torturing a young boy living at the church-run group home. Prosecutors say the pastor of Heart of Worship Community Church, Lonny Lee Remmers, 56, and two church members, Nicholas James Craig, 24, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 30, abused the 13-year-old boy at the church-run group home where they all lived. According to court documents, the boy was beaten and then had salt … [Read more...]