Texas Frees The Weed For Jesus: Religious Grounds Justify Marijuana Legalization

The “Christian case” for cannabis? After a state legislator claims marijuana “comes from God,” a Texas bill that would legalize marijuana based on religious grounds is approved by a Texas House committee.On Wednesday, in a surprise move, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.The legislation was approved after two Republicans joined with the panel's three Democrats to give House Bill 2165  a dec … [Read more...]

Alabama Legislation Would Defend Christianity by Teaching Creationism

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Alabama lawmakers want to protect kids from thinking “they came from a monkey” by allowing the teaching of alternative, religious based theories concerning biological evolution and the chemical origins of life in public school science classrooms.Alabama Republicans have introduced a terrible, anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-education, anti-child piece of legislation that would give religious zealots permission to teach public school children religious alternatives to accepted sci … [Read more...]

Islamic State releases cartoon depicting Obama beheading

President Barack Obama begs for mercy before being beheaded by Islamic State executioner Jihadi John in an animated video-clip released earlier this week by supporters of the notorious and barbaric Islamic State.In the video, Obama is shown being killed by Jihadi John, the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State in videos circulated widely online.The Islamist propaganda video describes Obama as "the mule of the Jews"The animated … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Conversation on Faith at Patheos

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Warm wishes and deep respect to all my fellow bloggers at Patheos. As an atheist and a humanist I reject religious superstition, but as a thinking individual I deeply appreciate anyone who has the moral and intellectual courage to publicly examine and articulate their deeply held beliefs.As human beings, we all struggle with profound existential questions as to life’s meaning and our place in the world. There is perhaps no more profound question than the existence or nonexistence of a God or … [Read more...]

Humanists support recovery effort in wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam

Humanists support recovery efforts following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam effecting nine South Pacific countries, including Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu, and Papua New Guinea.The Washington Post reports on Tropical Cyclone Pam: Late last week, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record in the South Pacific made a direct hit on the island nation of Vanuatu, leaving more than 20 people dead and massive destruction in its wake.Tropical Cyclone Pam’s s … [Read more...]

Al-Shabaab calls on Muslims to attack US, Canada and UK shopping malls

Jihad at the shopping mall: Al-Shabaab, the Somali based Islamic terrorist group, is calling on Muslim men “to answer the call of Allah and target disbelievers wherever they are,” in an ominous new propaganda video advocating for terror attacks against shopping malls in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Al-Shabaab is the Somali based Islamic terrorist group responsible for the 2013 deadly siege at the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which more than 60 peo … [Read more...]

Islamic State releases video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive

Allahu Akbar? Horrifying images released by the Islamic State show Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive while wearing an orange jumpsuit and locked up inside a cage.USA Today reports: The 22 minute, 34 second video titled Healing of the Believers' Chests shows media footage of Jordan's involvement in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and then shows al-Kaseasbeh — bearing a black eye — discussing Jordan's operations in a news-style mon … [Read more...]

Charitable Correspondence: Love Letters to Richard Dawkins (Video)

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Humorous hate mail: Richard Dawkins shares “charitable correspondence” from warm and intelligent admirers in a splendid explication of that warm and fuzzy phenomenon known as Christian love.Discretion Advised: Contains Strong Language.Enjoy!Video posted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation.   … [Read more...]