‘Catholic Warrior’ attacks Satanic Temple display in Florida

Rage for Jesus: An angry woman wearing a “Catholic Warrior” shirt was arrested after vandalizing the Satanic Temple holiday display in the Florida Capitol Rotunda yesterday.Susan Hemeryck, 54, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after she began ripping apart the display showing an angel falling into flames with the message “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.”Hemeryck, who was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol, said she was angry … [Read more...]

Zombie Jesus Nativity scene is too much for Ohio town

Baby zombie Jesus makes Christians sad: In Ohio a homeowner was ordered to remove a Nativity scene in front of his house that features zombies instead of traditional biblical characters, or face legal action.Sycamore Township has ordered the nativity scene featuring zombies to be taken down. Particularly offensive for some Christians, the Nativity features a zombie baby instead of the traditional baby Jesus in the manger.According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW, Sycamore Township … [Read more...]

Argentina grants human right of freedom to captive orangutan

In a victory for animal rights activists, orangutans, and great apes everywhere, a court in Argentina has granted “non-human person” status to Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan.RT reports that in an unprecedented decision, an Argentine court has ruled that the Sumatran orangutan 'Sandra,' who has spent 20 years at the zoo in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom.Sandra the orangutan is expected to be freed and transferred to a sa … [Read more...]

New and improved: Atheists and Humanists rewrite Ten Commandments

Is Two Commandments enough?

Improving on the moral failure of the traditional Ten Commandments, atheists and humanists compose a new Decalogue for the 21st century.Lex Bayer, an executive at AirBnB, and John Figdor, a humanist chaplain at Stanford University, are the co-authors of the new book “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart.” The authors recently organized a crowdsource contest to compose a new and improved  version of the Ten Commandments.As part of the crowdsourcing project, submissions were submitted to Atheist Mi … [Read more...]

Faith-healing parents get 10 years in prison for death of daughter

After choosing prayer over modern medicine, and depriving their daughter of life-saving care, Travis and Wenona Rossiter will each spend 10 years in prison for manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year-old daughter, Syble Rossiter.Late Friday, Judge Daniel Murphy imposed the 10-year sentences despite defense attorneys objections to sentencing guidelines. In Oregon, first-degree manslaughter is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in … [Read more...]

GOP lawmaker tells Americans to rely on Jesus for healthcare

Faith healing madness: Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt tells Americans "to look to the Lord” for healthcare, claiming that God will protect people from disease so long as they obey God’s commands.Commenting on a Fox News poll that showed 58 percent of respondents wanted to repeal Obamacare, Klingenschmitt, a Colorado state representative and former Navy chaplain, said “We ought to look to the Lord for our health care.”Speaking on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Klingenschmitt … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert champions separation of church and state

Stephen Colbert has signed off after nine years on the air as host of The Colbert Report. As we celebrate the man behind the character that coined the term “truthiness,” we look back upon remarks he made in support of the separation between church and state.In a 2012 interview with Terry Gross for NPR, Colbert makes a thoughtful case for not only the separation of church and state, but the separation of politics from religion. The following is an excerpt from that interview: "We have this id … [Read more...]

Anti-gay pastor arrested for groping man’s genitals

Pastor Gaylard Williams

More of that Christian hypocrisy: Anti-gay Pastor Gaylard Williams of the Praise Cathedral Church of God in Seymour, Indiana, has been arrested for sexual battery after allegedly groping a man’s genitals and soliciting oral sex.Williams, 59, was arrested earlier this week for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances on a 27-year-old man parked at a lake, squeezing the victim’s genitals and asking to perform oral sex.According to court documents, the victim told police that Williams app … [Read more...]