BREAKING: ACLU wins another contraception case. Employer’s can’t deny health coverage because they’re religious.

Another victory for the ACLU in this same vein: A federal court of appeals ruled today that religiously affiliated nonprofit employers can’t block their employees’ health care coverage for contraceptives.  The ruling finds that the plaintiffs, which include Catholic health care systems and Catholic high schools, are not burdened by having to formally object to [Read More…]

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A fourth secular blogger in Bangladesh has been murdered by Islamic militants.

First it was Avijit Roy, then Washiqur Rahman, who was followed by Ananta Bijoy Das.  All secular bloggers in Bangladesh, all murdered in the course of this year for blasphemy by Muslims who consider being vocally not Muslim a greater crime than murder, apparently. Last night a fourth secular blogger, Niloy Neel, was decapitated in his home: [Read More…]

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White House sets new rules (much of which are enforcing old rules) for faith-based grants.

Oh this is just great: the White House has a whole new set of regulations for religious groups applying for federal grants to do social work: The White House is trying to make it easier for religious organizations to participate in federal social service programs, rolling out new rules Wednesday to clarify the requirements to [Read More…]

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Catholic Bishop argues that gays should be killed.

Brace yourselves because this is going to be shocking: a religious leader to whom lots of people listen is using the bible to justify harming or other fucking with the lives of other people for completely arbitrary reasons: Vitus Huonder, the controversial Catholic bishop of Chur in eastern Switzerland, has once again attracted criticism for [Read More…]

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Experiment proves Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wrong: you actually can’t get married to your lawnmower.

Congressman Steve King from Iowa doesn’t like gay marriage, not one bit!  In fact, he’s livid about the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell.  If you think it’s because of his religion, you’re wrong – it’s because now people can marry anything, including their lawnmowers: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is one of Congress’s most vocal opponents of [Read More…]

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Board of Commissioners in Lincoln County nix prayer altogether when they realize everybody’s allowed in.

The Board of Commissioners in Lincoln County, North Carolina is learning why keeping religion out of government is the most hassle-free way of maintaining government neutrality with regard to religion.  Sadly, the Board’s chairman is a man who expects deference to be given to his faith even while he actively disrespects people with a different religion: [Read More…]

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Kentucky clerk suing the governor for not letting her break the law.

This is too rich.  So, remember Kim Davis?  She’s the clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky (who is on her fourth marriage) who has said it’s her right as a Christian to refuse gay people a marriage license to which they are legally entitled (and which is Davis’ job to issue).  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has [Read More…]

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Mormons reveal Joseph Smith’s magic rock.

As the story goes, Joseph Smith used a pair of magic rocks (the Urim and Thummim) to translate the golden tablets that would become the Book of Mormon (dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb).  Pressed to sustain its stories about the tablets and the magic rock (in ways other Christian denominations will never be pressed to do [Read More…]

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Ben Carson isn’t sure if the Constitution has authority over the bible.

This man is running for President.  There are people who will vote for him in the primary and who would vote for him in the general election.  It’s not Ben Carson so much who’s the problem, it’s the fact that there is enough support for him from American citizens (the type who claim to love [Read More…]

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Saudi government: free speech violates religious and ideological rights.

Surprise: a part of the Saudi government charged with propagating Islam is trying to convince other nations that blasphemy laws are a great idea: Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a global blasphemy law, claiming that free speech leads to violations of “religious and ideological rights.” Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, the director for external relations at [Read More…]

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