Bible Belt seduced by 50 Shades of Grey

Despite protests from Christian conservatives, folks in the Bible Belt are flocking to see the steamy film 50 Shades of Grey making its debut in theaters across the country this weekend.Rachel Maddow reports that the film is particularly popular in Southern, Bible Belt states, and especially so in Tupelo, Mississippi, the backyard of the anti-gay, Christian hate group, The American Family Association (AFA).Last week the AFA released a statement claiming the film “borders on pornography an … [Read more...]

Shooting at Free Speech event targets cartoonist who depicted Mohammed

Terror in Copenhagen: Danish police have confirmed that one civilian has been shot dead and that three police officers have been injured in an attack on a freedom of speech event organized by supporters of Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for drawing the Prophet Mohammed.Police confirmed that a shooting had taken place at a cafe in the Osterbro section of Copenhagen, which is where the free speech event, "Arts, blasphemy and freedom of speech." was taking place on … [Read more...]

Atheists and humanists condemn Chapel Hill Shooting

Muslim lives matter: Atheists and humanists are condemning the senseless shooting of three American Muslims near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by a self-described atheist.According to reports, last night 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks went to an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shooting and killing three American Muslims - 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 - before … [Read more...]

Obama at Prayer Breakfast affirms right to be godless

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

President Barack Obama affirms the right of every person to reject faith in God, and to do so free from persecution and fear, while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast.Speaking at the annual event Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that "no god condones terror."Obama said that the “twisting and distorting” of faith is “not unique to one group or one religion,” noting that Christians also had a history o … [Read more...]

Indiana Senate passes bill allowing employers to discriminate based on religion

License to discriminate: The Republican controlled Indiana Senate has passed a measure that would allow employers to discriminate against gays and others who refuse to follow the religious tenets of their employer.On Tuesday the Republican-controlled Senate voted 39-11 in favor of Senate Bill 127, which would allow recipients of state funds such as hospitals and universities to hire employees based on religious preference, and would also allow those employers to require employees to follow … [Read more...]

Islamic State: We will behead Obama and make U.S. a Muslim province

In a new propaganda video featuring the beheading of a Kurdish fighter, a spokesman for the Islamic State threatens to behead President Barack Obama and turn the U.S. into a Muslim province of its new caliphate.A video released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday shows three Islamic State (ISIS) fighters standing behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations.In the propaganda video … [Read more...]

Mormon church softens anti-gay stance, gripes about ‘religious freedom’

Too little, too late? In a major announcement the Mormon church softens their anti-gay stance by declaring they will support some legal protections for gays and lesbians; however, the church will continue to oppose same-sex marriage, and wants legislation to protect “religious freedom.”CNN reports that in a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support some anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender peo … [Read more...]

Atheist sworn in as new Prime Minister of Greece

After leading the radical left to electoral victory in Greece this weekend, Alexis Tsipras, a proud atheist and leader of the victorious left-wing Syriza party, has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece at the presidential palace in Athens.At his swearing-in ceremony today, Tsipras refused to take the traditional religious oath which is the custom in the Greek Orthodox country. Instead, Tsipras took his oath of office in a civil ceremony, swearing an oath of honor and conscience in place … [Read more...]