Texas approves textbooks with Moses as Founding Father

Christian conservatives win, children lose: Texas textbooks will teach public school students that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on the Bible, and the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses.On Friday the Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education voted along party lines 10-5 to approve the biased and inaccurate textbooks. The vote signals a victory for Christian conservatives in Texas, and a disappointing defeat for historical accuracy and the education of … [Read more...]

Duggars face public backlash for LGBTQ ‘fear mongering’

Quiverfull of hate: The prodigious baby-making Duggars are in trouble after describing LGBT people as “child predators” and expressing other ugly sentiments motivated by their Christian extremism.Over a 100,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the cancellation of the Duggars’ TLC series "19 Kids and Counting" after the reality stars expressed discriminatory sentiments against the LGBT community.According to Huffington Post, viewers are angry about Duggar family matri … [Read more...]

Secular victory: Florida school board blocks Bible distribution

Efforts by Christian extremists to indoctrinate public school children fails: a school board in Florida is moving to ban the distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials in public schools after Satanists, atheists, and other freethinkers demand equal time.Worried about facing national ridicule if a Satanic group is allowed to give out coloring books to children, last week the Orange County School Board moved to prevent any outside group from distributing religious materials on … [Read more...]

Born-Again Christians lead nation in spanking children

Slap a child for Jesus: In the U.S., born-again Christians spank, hit, beat, whip and paddle children more than everyone else.Biblical literalists are fond of quoting Scriptures to justify corporal punishment, particularly the verse in Proverbs 13:24 that says: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” However, spanking is more than a Bible-thumping Christian problem, it is a national problem that spans across all demographic lines.A new s … [Read more...]

‘Duck Dynasty’ family plans Broadway Musical

Christian bigotry, ignorance, and hatred, all set to music: a "Duck Dynasty" musical will open on a Las Vegas stage next February.“The Duck Commander Family Musical,” a 90-minute show with actors playing the family members from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” hopes to open in February at the Rio hotel and casino, where the Chippendales show and Penn & Teller are now running.They already have a Broadway producer working with them, as well as a composer working on the music (who said it won’t … [Read more...]

Arkansas church vandalized and threatened after welcoming gays

"They'll know we are Christians by our love..." A Unitarian Universalist church in a small town in Arkansas had its windows shot out and received a threatening letter after announcing that everyone was welcome at their church regardless of race or sexual orientation.Patheos blogger WWJTD reports: The Unitarian Universalist church in my hometown of Mountain Home, Arkansas recently published a letter in the local paper letting the community know that they welcome everyone at their church … [Read more...]

Religious scholar refutes Bill O’Reilly’s Republican Jesus


Religious scholar Reza Aslan says “the Jesus of history” is Bill O’Reilly’s nightmare: “a Middle Eastern Jew who advocated for free healthcare and fed the poor.”Raw Story reports Aslan made the remarks while speaking at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in February.During the discussion about his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, an audience member asked Aslan if he had read Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s book about Jesus, called Killing Jesus: A History.Aslan … [Read more...]

ChristianMingle rapist tells victims ‘God intended it for good’

Victim tells prosecutors she assumed convicted ChristianMingle rapist Sean Banks was “a good Christian man” after online conversations about Jesus and the Bible.The “good Christian man,” former Navy Lieutenant Sean Banks, was sentenced earlier this month to 37 years to life in prison for raping two women he met on the online dating sites ChristianMingle.com and Match.com.In his final statement before sentencing, Banks quoted what he said was his favorite Bible verse: "You intended to har … [Read more...]