Atheists distribute literature in Florida schools: Christians freak out

The truth hurts: Conservative Christians are outraged that atheists will be distributing literature in some Florida public schools that takes a critical look at the Bible and Christianity.Of particular concern to many is the so-called “shocking” pamphlet entitled “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible."Multiple conservative websites are fanning the flames of outrage, drawing attention to the pamphlet’s cover, which features a cartoon illustration of a humanized Bible with a face … [Read more...]

Fox News host tells atheists Jesus belongs in public schools

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Advocating for a tyranny of the majority, a Fox News host tells atheists that Jesus belongs in public schools because Christianity is part of Southern culture.Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt went on a rant Wednesday morning, complaining about an attempt being made by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove clearly unconstitutional Christian-themed plaques installed at two Texas elementary schools.The offensive plaques read: Dedicated in The Year Of Our Lord 1997 To The Education … [Read more...]

Youth pastor used fake Facebook accounts to solicit nude photos from kids

A youth pastor in Indiana has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting he used phony Facebook accounts to solicit nude photos from children, including kids from his own youth group.Nathan Hasty, the Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ located in Huntington County, Ind., used three different fake Facebook accounts in order to start sexual conversations with multiple minors, eventually successfully soliciting naked photos from some of them.Earlier this month, U.S. … [Read more...]

Eighth grade atheist outwits Christian debater (Video)

8th grade atheist asks about God

A young atheist stumps a Christian debater with some simple questions about Christianity, and the supposed morality of an all knowing, all loving, all powerful god.Last month, at a Christian/atheist debate/discussion in Beaverton, Oregon, an eighth grade student identified as “Chad” had a chance to question Christian debater Ben Clifton, identified as an adjunct Instructor at a Bible school.Anyone who has thought deeply about Christianity has probably contemplated the simple and str … [Read more...]

Youth pastor rapes teen boy to ‘cure’ homosexuality

Using threats of "black magic," a youth pastor in Kentucky repeatedly raped a teen boy, claiming the sexual abuse would cure the teen of homosexual tendencies.Kentucky police have arrested Polly Ann Church of God youth pastor Rex Allen Murphy after a 16-year-old male came forward to say he was being sexually abused by the youth pastor and Sunday school teacher.Murphy, 30, was booked into Pulaski County jail on Tuesday on felony charges including sodomy, sexual abuse, and use of a minor … [Read more...]

Superstitious West Africans believe Ebola is a curse, not a disease

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Many West Africans continue to believe that Ebola is not a medical disease, but a supernatural curse.The novelty of Ebola, coupled with its rapid death toll in recent months, has created an enabling environment for rumors, misinformation and superstition to spread among West Africans.A new campaign is underway to convince West Africans that Ebola is a virus, and not a curse. Many in West Africa believe that the illness is the result of a curse and that those associating with the victim … [Read more...]

Surprise: Education reduces Religiosity

Study finds causal link between increased schooling and decreased religiosity: The more years a person spends in school, the less likely a person is to go to church, according to new research from economists at Louisiana State University.The Wonkblog at Washington Post reports on the new study that only serves to confirm what many have long suspected: The study finds that more education, in the form of more years of formal schooling, has "consistently large negative effects" on an … [Read more...]

NC public schools teaching children Biblical creation is a ‘fact’

A North Carolina public school system is caught indoctrinating children in Christian dogma, teaching elementary school students that the Biblical 7-day creation story is a scientific “fact” as well as other points of Christian propaganda.The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is calling on the Rowan-Salisbury School District in North Carolina to put an immediate stop to the “flagrantly unconstitutional” Bible classes currently being taught in at least three elementary schools including C … [Read more...]