Atheist wins $2 million after being jailed for refusing religious rehab

A California court has awarded an atheist nearly $2 million dollars for being wrongfully imprisoned after refusing to participate in a court mandated faith-based drug and alcohol treatment program.The California government and a nonprofit will pay Barry Hazle Jr. nearly $2 million for violating his civil rights after he was sent back to prison for refusing to take part in a religious drug treatment program while on parole.In particular, Hazle was returned to prison for violating his … [Read more...]

Seven suspected ‘witches’ executed by fire in Tanzania

Death by burning: Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania.Earlier this week an angry mob executed seven suspected witches in the village of Murufiti, in the western Kigoma region which borders Burundi, according to reports.Tanzanian police have charged 23 people with murder after the seven villagers were burned alive on suspicion of witchcraft. Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings was the local traditional healer, sometimes referred … [Read more...]

Atheist family receives terrorist threats in Louisiana

“We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.”A family in Louisiana is receiving threatening letters because they attend Community Mission Chapel, a secular congregation (“atheist church”) in Lake Charles, Louisiana.Jon Jeffels reports he received two anonymous notes in his mailbox from supposedly “Godly” people threatening unspecified actions to “protect” his children from his “devil-enabling ways.”The notes, littered with typos, spelling mistakes and grammati … [Read more...]

Archbishop’s computer contained over 100,000 child porn files

More than 100,000 child porn videos and photos have been found on the computer of former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who is also accused of raping numerous children in the Dominican Republic and Poland.Wesolowski, currently under house arrest at the Vatican, is one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of sexually abusing children during the Catholic Church's widespread and costly sexual abuse scandal.The videos and photos of child pornography were stored on a computer … [Read more...]

Kapparot: Jews torture chickens on the eve of Yom Kippur

Jews abuse live chickens in the pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, a silly superstition that promises by swinging a live chicken around one’s head, one’s sins are magically transferred to that chicken.A lawsuit has been filed in a New York state trial court seeking to enjoin Brooklyn Jewish residents from organizing, conducting or participating in the pre-Yom Kippur ritual involving chickens.The yearly ritual of Kapparot (also spelled as Kaporos or Kaparot) is a religious ritual in which … [Read more...]

CBS censors Ron Reagan’s Atheist ad promoting Freedom From Religion

Ron Reagan for FFRF

CBS is refusing to air a Freedom From Religion Foundation ad featuring Ron Reagan warning of “the intrusion of religion into our secular government,” while describing himself as “an unabashed atheist” who is “not afraid of burning in hell.”A CBS agent indicated that the ad was rejected “for words and tone,” according to a release issued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).The following is a transcript of the celebrity endorsement ad for the FFRF featuring the son of former Pres … [Read more...]

Huckabee wants to fire atheists working for the government

Mike Huckabee speaking at the 2014 Values Voters Summit

Dreams of Theocracy: Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is urging Christian conservatives to vote so that those who “refuse to hear God’s heart” can be replaced by the faithful.Speaking at the 2014 Values Voter Summit this weekend Huckabee said: Some of you are frustrated and even upset and angry about America, and I get it. And I say to you, the answer is as simple as it is that the answer to the phones in our hearts that God is ringing. When we register people to vote, when we g … [Read more...]

GOP celebrates Christian hate at Values Voter Summit

Festival of Christian hate: This weekend Republicans will get on their knees to worship at the altar of Christian extremism at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, a celebration of the most vile anti-American Christian bigotry.If one needed any further proof that the Republican party is in the pocket of Christian extremism one need look no further than the 2014 Values Voter Summit.The annual Values Voter Summit will take place this weekend in Washington, DC. The convention is sponsored  by hate … [Read more...]