Successful Florida child sex sting operation lands pastor in handcuffs.

Yet another example of religion being used as a shield to continue abysmal behavior rather than as an influence to unmake it: Also arrested was David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, who has served as senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Pace, just outside Pensacola, since last year. Police said Hoppenjan traveled to two [Read More…]

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Ohio mayor who dedicated his life to Christ arrested for raping a four-year-old girl.

Back in 2010 a man by the name of Richard Keenan was sworn in as mayor of Hubbard, Ohio. Keenan wouldn’t be alone in trying to improve the fortunes of the town, for he brought an all-wise being with him (an all-wise being who, it would seem, couldn’t be bothered to help until Richard Keenan [Read More…]

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Phil Robertson rails against secular humanism at Value Voters Summit.

First, the very notion of a “value voters summit” is plain stupid. All voters have values, and acting like they don’t if they’re not in your camp is about the dumbest thing since the last time Donald Trump opened his mouth. What’s more, I’m happy to debate whose values are better (mine). Anyway, Phil Robertson [Read More…]

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Pope, who lives in a gilded palace: the devil will destroy the church with money.

Vatican radio reports: Commenting on the reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians — where St Paul rebuked the Corinthians for their contentiousness — Pope Francis said, “The devil has two very powerful weapons to destroy the Church: divisions and money.” Oh, money’s going to destroy the church? Don’t you guys live in a [Read More…]

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Mother considering suing church over baptizing her autistic son without her consent.

The parent of an 11-year-old boy is considering legal action against Morning Star Friends Church in Ohio as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Her autistic son’s “big brother”, along with the church, baptized her son without her permission. The baptism was done by full submersion and has apparently left her son with [Read More…]

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Hillary Clinton: “Next President should be a praying person.”

I will still happily pull the lever for Clinton, but god dammit this grinds my gears: Hillary Clinton quoted biblical scripture. She talked about her youth minister who took her from the safe harbor of suburbia to the inner city of Chicago, and she shared the memory of seeing her gruff father bent on his [Read More…]

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Arkansas atheist group seeks to erect literal wall of separation on capitol grounds.

Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert is pushing for a ten commandments monument on the AR capitol grounds. This, he says, is about history, and not religion. Ironically, the ten commandments itself says lying is a no-no, but that doesn’t stop Rapert. The Satanic Temple is already applying to put a Baphomet statue up next to [Read More…]

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Church membership plummets in Denmark after ads by the Denmark Atheist Society.

Denmark isn’t as atheistic as you might think, with about 79% of its citizens claiming Christianity. Not only that, the Denmark Constitution helps religion out tremendously by establishing the Lutheran Church as the state church, requiring the monarch to be a member of that church, requiring people to financially support their chosen church via taxation, [Read More…]

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The rest of what’s going on in the world: Trump, Trump, and “Dr.” David Barton.

Before I ship off to teach the youngsters, here’s a look at what’s going on in the world. Michele Bachmann says Trump’s immigration policies (which don’t exist) will “turn America back to god.” This will presumably be accomplished by deporting people who are near homogeneously Catholic. Trump calls Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who fought the [Read More…]

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FEC sends letter to god asking him to prove he exists.

The Federal Election Commission has been put in the awkward spot of having to ask god if he exists: As part of a Federal Election Commission crackdown on fake presidential candidates (remember Deez Nuts?), officials sent a letter to the Staten Island address where God’s campaign manager apparently lives. “It has come to the attention [Read More…]

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