Arkansas school planning to bus students to a local church during school hours for National Day of Prayer.

Well, the morning happiness post is going to have to wait.  I woke up to see this screenshot in a facebook group I’m in for Arkansas freethinkers: Um, voluntary or not, that’s not legal.  Like, not even close to legal.  I checked the Jessieville School District’s page myself and this entry is still there as [Read More…]

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Study: atheists associated with death in most people’s minds.

Well here’s an unfortunate study: Atheists consistently rank among the lowest of the low in the court of American public opinion. Now, research suggests one reason why: Thinking about atheists reminds people of death. In fact, prompting people to think about atheism triggered death-related thoughts just as strongly as, well, directly prompting people to think [Read More…]

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Mississippi kills bill that would allow for divorce in the case of domestic abuse. Why? The bible.

A bill that would add domestic violence as grounds for divorce in Mississippi recently passed the House and seemed likely to become law.  The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence pushed for the bill citing that one of the biggest requests they receive is for legal help in obtaining a divorce from an abusive spouse: A [Read More…]

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Tennessee to scrap a law that protects faith healers from persecution.

In 1994 Tennessee passed the “Spiritual Treatment” law: The Tennessee law says that a child shall not be considered abused, neglected or endangered solely because the child’s illness is treated with prayer rather than surgical or medical care. The law shields parents and others from prosecution if a child: Is being provided treatment by spiritual [Read More…]

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Tennessee legislature fails to override veto, bible will not become the state book.

Last week I wrote about Gov. Haslem of Tennessee vetoing the bill that would make the bible the state book of Tennessee.  In that post I said: …all it would take to override his veto is a simple majority.  While the governor showed the minimal wisdom one would expect from a governmental leader, it’s unlikely [Read More…]

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SNL: God’s Not Gay.

Movies like God’s Not Dead don’t make mockery far too easy.  Still, it’s important to give credit when it’s most artfully done. [Read more…]

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Tennessee governor vetoes bill that would make the bible the state book. It’s not over yet though.

So Tennessee passed a resolution making the bible their state book.  To any objective person the obvious stuck out like sore thumb: isn’t elevating a particular holy book above all others a violation of the separation of church and state?  Yes, yes it is. While this was all going on I emailed Andrew Seidel to [Read More…]

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Tony Perkins: forcing businesses to serve gay people is like forced servitude.

Anti-gay crusader Tony Perkins has found his newest approach to defending anti-gay laws — forcing businesses to serve gay people is like forced servitude: “We’re talking about forcing someone to take their creative ability, their talent and force them,” Perkins insisted. “This is almost forced servitude, saying that you have to be a part of [Read More…]

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Greatest Christian film ever: “If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?”

Oh my FSM, how had I never heard of this?  Ok, so here’s the wikipedia background for the film If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?: The film is based on the teachings of Estus Pirkle and warns of the dangers facing the United States from Communist infiltrators. The film suggests that the only way [Read More…]

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Christian author: female masturbation is a direct path to Satan.

Voltaire captured how I feel reading the news some days: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” Enter Christian author Mack Major (who sounds like an Arnold Schwarzenegger character), who thinks females masturbating is a direct path to Satan: [Read More…]

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