President-elect of largely Catholic Philippines: “The Roman Catholic Church is the most hypocritical institution.”

It’s hard to argue that the Philippines are not the Catholic Church’s foothold in Asia.  86% of the country’s population claims to be Catholic. This is undoubtedly why the Catholic Church has had so much influence over the country.  For instance, though the Philippines has a law saying the government must provide contraception to the [Read More…]

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When trying to find out what is true, it often doesn’t matter if we were there.

One of my hobbies is studying plane crashes, and also arguing about whether or not god exists.  Today I get to do a post incorporating both.   When arguing with your everyday Joe Christian it isn’t long before you encounter the question “Were you there?”  This comes as a response to all sorts of things: [Read More…]

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Chinese man allows witch doctors to steam his wife to death to purge ghosts from her.

Ok, you get a warning for this post: the contents are pretty fucking brutal. A Chinese man, Yan Yingmao, recently believed his wife was filled with ghosts.  He trusted a couple of witch doctors to cure her. What wound up happening was that this man’s love combined with his absurdly unreasonable beliefs put him into [Read More…]

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Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law applies to three very specific, Christian-based beliefs.

Mississippi, like a few other mostly Southern states, has passed a “religious freedom” bill which is really just a “let religious people slide around discrimination laws” bill. But Mississippi’s is different in a very relevant way: it stipulates that religious freedom, in this case, only applies to same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and that [Read More…]

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Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act.

Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.  According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.”  It’s pretty straight forward. But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the [Read More…]

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Samantha Bee gives a tremendous history lesson on the Religious Right.

Daaaaaaaamn. [Read more…]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses (who follow doctrine on blood transfusions) 70 times more likely to die giving birth.

Today I learned that people who reject blood transfusions are 70 times more likely to die giving birth.  That is actually relevant to Jehovah’s Witnesses who refuse transfusions as part of their doctrine: We have found two reports to date: one from the U.S. and the other from the UK: Dr. Carl J. Saphier led [Read More…]

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Pennsylvania hitting the important issues: making sure public schools can post “In God We Trust.”

Pennsylvania has been dealing with a budget crisis for months that is still not resolved.  But apparently there are more important issues to tackle, like making sure schools can put up the words “In God We Trust”: The bill, also known as the National Motto Display Act, would allow public schools in Pennsylvania to display [Read More…]

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Former priest convicted of 62 rapes/indecent assaults: “It was all a game to me.”

John Joseph Farrell, once a Catholic Priest, was convicted last month of a myriad of child rapes: At Sydney’s District Court on Monday Judge Peter Zahra said former Catholic priest John Joseph Farrell “disregarded and took advantage” of his victims who he groomed over long periods of time. Last month, Farrell was found guilty of [Read More…]

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Woman elected to Iranian Parliament being prevented from serving for going outside without a head scarf.

In the recent election in Iran a number of reformists managed to win seats.  One of them was Minoo Khaleghi who is *gasp* a woman: Minoo Khaleghi easily won a seat in the Iranian Parliament in February, part of a wave of independents and reformists who now have the numbers to wrest authority from the [Read More…]

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