Parents convicted after another child dies of a treatable condition because prayer doesn’t work.

Another pair of parents thought that prayer worked better than doctors and paid the price for their faith – or rather, their daughter paid the price for their faith: An Albany couple has been convicted of manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year-old daughter who had diabetes. KEZI reports a Linn County jury returned the [Read More...]

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Popular Christian DJ confesses to raping children.

Back in June I wrote about the arrest of John Balyo, a popular Christian DJ who really likes children. Prior to being arrested, the Christian radio personality was praised for his work sponsoring children through Compassion International and was even video recorded meeting his “compassion child” in Uganda. In the video, now littered with comments and accusations, Balyo [Read More...]

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Unitarian Universalist church in my hometown has windows shot out and threatening letter left. [UPDATED]

The Unitarian Universalist church in my hometown of Mountain Home, Arkansas recently published a letter in the local paper letting the community know that they welcome everyone at their church regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.  The reaction?  The church had its windows shot out one night and the church’s leader received this note: I come from a [Read More...]

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Religion is on a pretty sharp decline by five different metrics.

I’m rushing off to my therapist appointment, but this article from the Religion News Service titled “5 signs of the ‘Great Decline’ of religion in America” is just too good not to share.  Here are three graphs from it:   Seriously, go read the whole thing.  It will give you hope for the future.  :) [Read more...]

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FFRF success: administrator at Hawaii public school makes the right call on church/state separation.

Sometimes school administrators are actually grateful to be made aware of legal violations so they can fix them.  When those administrators receive a notice from the FFRF, they actually work with the FFRF to make sure the law isn’t being broken.  Then religious clubs can still meet, students can still carry their bibles and enjoy [Read More...]

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In Saudi Arabia, man with a gay dating site profile sentenced to three years.

In Saudi Arabia a gay man has been arrested and sentenced to three years in jail for being gay on the internet: Manama: A court in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a homosexual man to three years in jail for engaging in “immoral acts”. The man, in his 30s, was also ordered to pay a [Read More...]

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Brevard Commission that won’t let atheists give invocation accuses them of censorship.

The other day I wrote about a developing situation in Brevard County down in Florida.  The atheists want to give an invocation and were denied by the County Commission.  Many organizations sent them letters along the lines of “Don’t break the law or you’ll get to pay our legal fees.”  The Commission was unimpressed. In [Read More...]

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Scholar who challenged the soundness of the death penalty for apostasy is now under threat of death constantly.

Abdisaid Abdi Ismail, a scholar of Islam, has written a book with a very simple premise: Abdisaid Abdi Ismail’s book, “The Rule of Apostasy In Islam: Is it True?” was published in Kenya in September. In the book he argues that, despite being explicitly called for in Islamic holy texts, the death penalty may not [Read More...]

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Man released from North Korea describes years of work by the US as “an answer to a prayer.”

The last two American detainees in North Korea have been released and have arrived home safely.  This effort took tons of manpower and political maneuvering by the United States, but one of the released detainees knows who should really get the credit: a god who was there for none of the planning and work: Last [Read More...]

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Islamic, self-appointed moral watchdogs jailed in London. Good.

A group of men has been terrorizing people in East London.  These men have apparently appointed themselves the morality police and are out to make sure there is no hand-holding in “their” part of town. The court earlier heard that last December Horner and the 23-year-old man drove alongside Joshua Bilton and Anna Reddiford in [Read More...]

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