Oregon faith healing parents on trial for death of daughter

UPDATE: Faith healing parents found guilty of manslaughterA jury trial for faith healing parents accused of depriving their daughter of life-saving medical care by choosing prayer over modern medicine began in Oregon last week.Travis and Wenona Rossiter are accused of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter for the death of their daughter, Syble Rossiter.According to prosecutors, the girl’s parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, withheld "necessary and adequate" medical attention fr … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Senator-elect promises Biblical solutions to national problems

Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford

Christian theocracy on the rise: Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford promises to use his biblical worldview to address national problems.The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, vowing to use his biblical worldview to address problems like the national debt.Lankford, who is a long-time Baptist minister, discussed the book of Nehemiah and the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding … [Read more...]

UK majority believes religion does more harm than good

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Survey says religion poisons everything. In an affirmation of common sense and good judgement, more than half of the people in the UK believe religion does more harm than good.According to a new survey released by HuffPost UK, more than half of Britons believe that religion does more harm than good, with less than a quarter believing faith is a force for good.In addition, the majority of Brits believe religion is not more likely to make you a moral person. In fact, more than 55% of those … [Read more...]

Shia Muslims mark holy day with bloody self-mutilation (NSFL)

A Shia Muslim in Delhi has his child gashed with a knife for Ashura

Religion gone bad: Shia Muslims engage in gory mourning rituals such as self-flagellation and self-mutilation in celebration of Ashura, one of the holiest days in Shia Islam.For Shias, Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad, in 680 CE.Shias constitute Islam's second-largest denomination (about 10-15 percent of the world Muslim population), and consider Hussein to be the one true heir of Muhammad's legacy.A minority of Shias mark the … [Read more...]

Secular Humanists win big in Federal Court

A federal court rules Secular Humanists should enjoy the same rights and protections granted to Christians and members of other religious groups.The court decision declares that Secular Humanism is a religion “for Establishment Clause purposes.”In essence, the court's ruling grants First Amendment protections to Secular Humanist organizations. This is a good thing.Religion Clause reports: In American Humanist Association v. United States, (D OR, Oct. 30, 2014), an Oregon federal dis … [Read more...]

Christians claim Death with Dignity activist Brittany Maynard is in Hell

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Many Christians are going online to proclaim Death with Dignity activist Brittany Maynard is spending an eternity in Hell for acting on her brave and courageous decision to end her life.Maynard passed away peacefully, as she intended, on Saturday, at the age of 29.Many Christians are threatened by Maynard’s personal choice. Many are threatened by the Death with Dignity movement. Many, lost in ignorance and religious superstition, believe that taking one’s life for any reason is an aut … [Read more...]

Death with Dignity: Brittany Maynard Dies in Oregon

Death with dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, who announced that she would end her life this weekend, passed away on Saturday at the age of 29.Maynard became the face of the controversial right-to-death movement, captivating millions via social media with her public decision to end her life.‘Brittany passed away today,’ wrote the family of Maynard, a California woman who moved to Oregon after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in order to take her own life through Oregon's Death w … [Read more...]

Secular victory: Florida judge fired for promoting Christianity

The Florida Supreme Court removes Judge Judith Hawkins from the bench for using her judicial office to promote her Christian ministry.According to reports, the Leon County trial court judge sold religious books from her judicial office as part of her for-profit Christian ministry, Gaza Road Ministries.Religion Clause reports Judge Hawkins sold Gaza Road Ministries products to lawyers appearing before her, promoted the products online wearing her judicial robes, and used her judicial … [Read more...]