Turkish woman arrested for stepping on the Quran.

Turkey: the poster child for a moderate Muslim society.  It’s also the place where a woman was recently arrested for stepping on a copy of the Quran which she owned: A Turkish woman was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy and inciting religious hatred after allegedly stepping on Holy Quran and then posting the picture on [Read More...]

Christian woman in Pakistan could face death penalty for blasphemy.

A Christian woman in Pakistan is having to defend herself from the state against charges of blasphemy, with her life hanging in the balance. A Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan plans to take her case to the country’s highest court after a high court last week rejected her appeal, her attorney [Read More...]

New York street renamed to “George Carlin Way” despite protests from local parish.

Comedian Kevin Bartini has been working for three years to get the street where George Carlin grew up renamed in his honor.  Everybody seemed on board except for the local Catholic church on the block: And then some, as it turned out. In October 2011, Bartini talked to members of Community Board 9, which would [Read More...]

Couple intervenes to defend Kansas gay marriage ban by saying SSM violates their property rights.

So the 10th Circuit ruling that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional affects us right here in Kansas.  Except Gov. Brownback is trying to rally his base in a neck and neck re-election race by fighting delaying the inevitable.  Essentially, after the 10th Circuit ruling a couple lesbians couples applied for marriage licenses.  Gov. Brownback had [Read More...]

Haven’t we been here before?

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FOX News: Texas public school should keep explicitly Christian plaques because of “culture in the South.”

First, let’s set the stage: Earlier this year, the Midlothian Independent School District covered Christian plaques at two schools after the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened to sue. But parents and students protested, and the Midlothian ISD board voted to uncover the plaques. That’s no good.  Let’s hear why: Tiffany Davlin, who organized protests to [Read More...]

Why the district ruling in Puerto Rico, upholding their gay marriage ban, made absolutely no sense.

Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez, a district court judge in Puerto Rico, has ruled that Puerto Rico’s gay marriage ban is constitutional.  As you might expect, his ruling is full of bizarre lines of reasoning.  Forgive me if I just jump right in.  In his ruling  Pérez-Giménez said: The plaintiffs have brought this challenge alleging a violation [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: Gay rights advocates are “Terrorists, radicals, and extremists.”

Ol’ Pat is at it again: Except this time he’s using arguments a lot of Christians are using right now.  So let’s hit up some of them. It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good [Read More...]

They’ve been shown the Idaho ministers story is a lie, but that doesn’t seem to deter them.

This morning Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (whose primary goal seems to be stopping loving families from forming) took to twitter to continue spreading this lie (which has been picked up and spread even by blogs here at Patheos): This is simply not true.  The city even responded to these allegations yesterday: On [Read More...]

New research: factual beliefs and religious beliefs not handled the same way by the brain.

An interesting article came out yesterday that explains how factual beliefs and religious beliefs differ within the brain: Consider the following two statements of “belief”: Devon believes that humans evolved from earlier primates over 100,000 years ago. Devon believes that humans were created less than 10,000 years ago. These claims are clearly at odds. Since [Read More...]