Pew: “Most states allow religious exemptions from child abuse and neglect laws.”

So, we all agree that child abuse and neglect is bad and, like many bad things, we have laws in place in order to prevent.  However, for some things we rightly consider abuse, in many states there are laws which declare they’re suddenly not abuse if done for religious reasons, as Pew outlines: All states [Read More…]

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Ram in the bush.

This is entrapment. How do I not blog this? I didn’t believe this was a real thing. I stand corrected. https://t.co/72iZcW3JTo — John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 16, 2016 Seriously guys, hire an atheist, do whatever you have to do to stop naming your things like this: Better yet, don’t.  Just…as you were. [Read more…]

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish paper “makes history” by printing a woman’s (Hillary Clinton’s) picture.

Whoa, religion blazing a trail into the 21st Century: A NEWSPAPER THAT SERVES the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community took a small but significant step for women last week when it printed a picture of Hillary Clinton, partially obscured, speaking at a campaign rally in Florida. The photo was first picked up by a Jewish blog, Only [Read More…]

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Mormon Church continuing to hemorrhage members due to anti-gay policies.

The Mormon Church continues to experience fallout over its anti-gay policies.  The Guardian, this week, highlighted Lila Steffensen’s walk away from the Church: Steffensen was conflicted at the time, and years later, she stopped going. But she remained a member of the Mormon faith up until last week when she decided to officially cut ties [Read More…]

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Infertile man cuts off wife’s hands after she cannot bear him children. God is not great.

There are some cases where it feels like all that is appropriate is to give sympathy.  Sadly, in some of those situations reside truths that need to be spoken. One such scenario is that of a Kenyan woman who was recently attacked by her husband with a machete.  The attack ultimately resulted in him severing [Read More…]

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British Rabbis raising £1,000,000 to try and take children from parents who have left the faith.

It’s the zenith of both arrogance and evil to think that somebody else’s child is yours simply because of your religion: Ultra-Orthodox Jews are raising £1m to prevent “pure and holy” children from leaving the strict faith community and living with “irreligious parents” in an “evil culture”, The Independent has learned. The fundraising drive has [Read More…]

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Belize court invalidates law that criminalized gay sex and punished it with a penalty of ten years in jail.

Gay men can now be physical with one another in Belize without spending ten years in jail: Belize’s Criminal Code (Section 53) criminalised ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ which included consensual sexual conduct between adult males in private. The law, which though rarely used carried a ten-year prison sentence, disproportionately impacted on the [Read More…]

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Trump claims church attendance will rise if he’s President.

Trump is practically begging for the Evangelicals to save him in this election: I can smell his cologne from here, or maybe that’s just the pungent aroma of desperation. In his typically incoherent way, Donald Trump told a meeting of right-wing pastors today that was organized by the American Renewal Project, that church attendance has [Read More…]

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In Trenton, NJ cops are dropping juveniles picked up after curfew at area churches.

Trenton has reintroduced a curfew, but it seems the police don’t want to deal with the workload of such a law.  So they’ve arranged to drop kids they pick up at area churches: Last month, police in Trenton began enforcing a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew for kids under 18. Law enforcement has worked in [Read More…]

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NOM President Brian Brown calls response to latest fundraiser “pathetic.”

Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, loves to send out all sorts of doom-laced fundraising letters.  Oh man, he’s all about it.  But lately they’re just not working out for him and now he’s upset with NOM’s supporters for not ponying up the dough.  The chastising letter from Brown complains: NOM began [Read More…]

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