Students fight back after school volunteer calls atheism ‘stupid’ and ‘evil’

Shelby Conway, left, 14, and Sarina Keightley, 13, both eighth-graders at Straub Middle School (Image via Statesman Journal)

Brave middle school students in Salem, Oregon, fight back after a school volunteer tells students that atheism is "wrong," "bad," "stupid" and "evil."Via Statesman Journal:Tim Saffeels, the director of student ministries at a local church, has been barred from volunteering at Straub Middle School in Salem, Oregon, after students accused him of promoting Christianity and insulting atheists.Some students said Saffeels was making them feel uncomfortable by promoting Christianity and … [Read more...]

Child rape in Minnesota: Archdiocese identifies 17 pedophile priests

The horror continues: The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has issued a statement disclosing the names of 17 priests accused of sexually abusing children.The Twin Cities archdiocese has been plagued for years by lingering accusations of cover-up, denial and obfuscation of the rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.However, earlier this month the Twin Cities archdiocese and the law offices of Jeff Anderson issued a joint statement disclosing the names of 17 priests … [Read more...]

Vandal who destroyed 10 Commandments was devout Christian

The man who drove his car into the Oklahoma 10 Commandments monument was a devout Christian suffering from mental illness and in need of medication.Michael Reed is accused of running his car into the controversial 10 Commandments monument located outside of the Oklahoma statehouse Thursday night, destroying the 6-foot-tall granite tablet in the process.Secret Service officials said that when they interviewed Reed, he indicated that Satan had told him to destroy the monument. He also said … [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...]

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...]

Vatican backtracks on treating gays with dignity

After suggesting gays and lesbians might be worthwhile human beings, the Vatican quickly backtracked, claiming the church did not mean to create “the impression of a positive evaluation” of same-sex relationships.On Monday the Vatican suggested the Catholic church should welcome and appreciate gays; however, by Tuesday, after a furious backlash by conservative Catholics, the Vatican reaffirmed it’s distaste for, and demonization of, the LGBT community.In Monday’s report, the Vatican boldl … [Read more...]

NC magistrate refuses to perform same-sex marriage because of ‘religious beliefs’

A magistrate in a North Carolina courthouse refused to perform a same-sex marriage earlier this week, claiming doing so would violate his “religious beliefs.”According to reports, Magistrate Gary Littleton at the Pasquotank County Courthouse in Elizabeth City, N.C. refused to marry same-sex couple William Locklear and Randall Jackson.Littleton reportedly told the couple: “I won’t be performing your marriage because of my religious beliefs.” The good news is that the couple was married t … [Read more...]