Val Kilmer refused medical treatment because of religious beliefs

Prayer fails: The family of movie star Val Kilmer, a devout Christian Scientist, reports the actor ignored a tumor in his throat, trying to pray the tumor away rather than seeking medical attention.However, the prayers failed, and last week Kilmer was rushed to a hospital after he began bleeding from his throat. According to reports, paramedics rushed to his Malibu home Monday night after someone called 911 and reported the bleeding.TMZ reports Kilmer’s family believes the actor was k … [Read more...]

Leading scientist E.O. Wilson: Religious faith harms humanity

In a recent interview Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist E.O. Wilson declares religion “is dragging us down” and must be eliminated “‘for the sake of human progress.”Wilson recently spoke with New Scientist about his latest book, “The Meaning of Human Existence,” in which the scientist tackles three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy and science: Where do we come from, what are we and where are we going?Over the course of the interview, Wilson discussed the concept of organi … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry: Christian God is ‘utterly monstrous and deserves no respect’

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In a glorious and humorous rant, English actor and author Stephen Fry calls the Christian God “capricious, mean-minded, and stupid” when asked what he would say to God if he died and went to heaven.Fry, an unapologetic and outspoken atheist, was being interviewed on the Irish TV show The Meaning of Life hosted by Gay Byrne. On his show, Byrne asked Frye about death and the possibility of meeting the Christian God in the afterlife. Byrne asked: Suppose it’s all true, and you walk up to the pe … [Read more...]

Georgia’s religious freedom bill would permit child abuse, domestic violence

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In Georgia, child abuse or domestic violence in the name of “deeply held religious beliefs” would be legally protected under a controversial, Republican sponsored, religious freedom bill.Georgia's House Bill 29,  the "Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act,'' is being promoted by Republican lawmakers as a necessary step to protect conservative Christians from perceived persecution.The bill’s sponsor, Marietta Republican Rep. Sam Teasley, insists his bill is only meant … [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...]

Alabama Supreme Court Justice promises to defy federal ruling on gay marriage

Judicial holy war: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore promises to defy any federal ruling in support of same-sex marriage and is urging Governor Robert Bentley and other state officials to join him in resisting the “tyranny” of federal courts overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage.Earlier this month, a federal district court ruled that Alabama's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay citizens. In response, Moore sent a letter to the state's governor ur … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson recommends reverse mortgage because Jesus needs money

Jesus loves you, and he needs money: Televangelist Pat Robertson tells an elderly woman with financial problems a reverse mortgage will allow her to continue to offer financial support to his ministry.On Tuesday’s 700 Club, Robertson read and discussed an email sent by an impoverished senior citizen named Maria who was having a hard time making ends meet while financially supporting Robertson’s 700 Club. Maria writes: I have been a 700 Club partner for many years. I am 67 years old and sti … [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...]