Faith healing parents charged in death of daughter seek to exclude mention of religion

Oregon parents arrested and charged with manslaughter in the faith healing death of their daughter are asking the court to exclude evidence of religious beliefs or practices during their trial. According to police, the girl’s parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, withheld "necessary and adequate" medical attention from the 12-year-old girl, choosing prayer over modern medicine, with tragic consequence. Their daughter, Syble Ann Marie Rossiter, died at the family home in Albany, Oregon, last y … [Read more...]

Catholic Bishop praises genocide of LGBT in Uganda

The Right Reverend Charles Wamika, Bishop of the Diocese of Jinja, praised the Ugandan Parliament for the Anti-Homosexuality Act that provides life in prison for LGBT people. The anti-gay legislation represents an ongoing, de facto genocide of the LGBT community in Uganda. Without compassion, and with a malignancy only religious superstition can sustain, Bishop Wamika encouraged parents to turn over their gay and lesbian children to government authorities for re-education and imprisonment. In … [Read more...]

Good Friday? Catholics re-enact crucifixion of Christ with real nails

Ouch! To mark Good Friday in the Philippines Catholic devotees had themselves nailed to a cross to re-enact the bloody crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rite as approximately 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ.on Good Friday. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of … [Read more...]

Poll shows Americans losing faith in Bible at rapid rate

Americans are losing their faith in the Bible at a rapid rate according to the American Bible Society's latest "State of the Bible 2014" poll. According to the poll, young Americans in particular are less likely to view the Bible as sacred literature; less likely to believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life; and, more likely to never read the Bible at all. The survey shows the number of American adults who are skeptical of the Bible grew by 10 … [Read more...]

Sorry Francis, no forgiveness until pedophile priests are punished

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. However, no such forgiveness is possible until pedophile priests face criminal prosecution. Speaking to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, a non-profit international Catholic network of organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of children’s rights, Pope Francis said:I feel that I must take responsibility for all the harm that some priests—quite a number, but no … [Read more...]

Westboro Baptist Church chased out of Oklahoma town

WBC Protest in Oklahoma Cut Short

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church cut short their protest in an Oklahoma town after counter-protesters crossed the picket line to confront church members. Police were forced to intervene and separate the counter-protesters from the Christian hate group. There were no arrests and no injuries reported. Though WBC reportedly had a permit to picket for half an hour beginning at 2:00 p.m., they stayed for a mere eight minutes before hastily getting into their cars and driving away when Moore … [Read more...]

Grandstanding county commissioner defies court order with Christian prayer

In an obnoxious display of Christian arrogance, a grandstanding county commissioner in Maryland violated a court order and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution by opening a budget meeting with a Christian prayer. According to a report issued by the Carroll County Times, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning's board of commissioners budget meeting with references to Jesus Christ, despite a federal judge's preliminary injunction ordering the board to stop … [Read more...]

Secular victory: Federal judge bars Christian prayers at county meetings

In a significant victory for the separation of church and state, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in Maryland must refrain from opening their meetings with Christian prayers. Judge William D. Quarels, Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Maryland issued a preliminary injunction to stop sectarian prayers held before meetings of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, after plaintiffs alleged the practice of permitting Commissioners to deliver prayers … [Read more...]