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...]

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...]

Superstitious West Africans believe Ebola is a curse, not a disease

Screen shot from “Ebola: A Poem for the Living”

Many West Africans continue to believe that Ebola is not a medical disease, but a supernatural curse.The novelty of Ebola, coupled with its rapid death toll in recent months, has created an enabling environment for rumors, misinformation and superstition to spread among West Africans.A new campaign is underway to convince West Africans that Ebola is a virus, and not a curse. Many in West Africa believe that the illness is the result of a curse and that those associating with the victim … [Read more...]

Creepy televangelist forced followers to have vasectomies, abortions

A creepy Ohio televangelist forced followers to have abortions and vasectomies in order to avoid the costs of raising children because “Jesus needs money.”Popular Ohio televangelist Ernest Angley stands accused of all sorts of horrors and hypocrisies in a recently released expose on Angley’s Grace Cathedral church based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The following is an excerpt from that expose, published by the Akron Beacon Journal: Angley’s church is a dangerous cult where pregnant women are enc … [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...]

Top Vatican official tells parents to shun gay relatives

Calling gays “profoundly disordered and harmful,” the Vatican's number two man advises parents to keep children away from gay relatives, apparently unaware of the irony of a man who protects pedophile priests from prosecution giving advice on child care.In an interview with LifeSite News published earlier this week, Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and second only to Pope Francis in the Catholic church’s judicial hierarchy, said famil … [Read more...]

Rapture-Palooza Fail: ‘Left Behind’ Flops

With a  2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Left Behind, the Christian fundamentalist revenge fantasy where an angry God comes back to give sinners their just deserts, is a spectacular failure.Hollywood Reporter reports that the film, based on the book series of the same name by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a plane during the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish; while on the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele … [Read more...]