In Malaysia Shariah law causes parents to lose their children in domestic disputes.

Malaysia is often presented as a success story for moderate Islam.  And yet, daily, I can read stories like this: It was the last round of a recurring argument: M. Indira Gandhi’s husband wanted her to convert to Islam. A committed Hindu, she refused. He threatened divorce. Both started shouting. Neighbors came looking. Suddenly, he [Read More...]

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Mennonite pastor stripped of credentials after performing his son’s same-sex marriage.

Chester Wenger is a pastor with Mennonite Church USA who, many, many years ago had to watch his own church excommunicate his gay son: Wenger “grieved deeply” about the church’s decision to expel his child, but when same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania in May, his son asked him to officiate his wedding to his partner of [Read More...]

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Chalking from Akron Secular Student Alliance defaced: vandalism in the name of Jesus.

Remember when someone drove a car into the Oklahoma ten commandments monument?  Even before it was revealed that the perpetrator was a Christian man who was, sadly, off his meds, the atheist community came out decrying the deed as loathsome (like myself, Hemant, and more).  This was contrasted by the fact that every time an atheist billboard [Read More...]

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FFRF pushing to end multiple violations in Mt. Vernon school district.

The FFRF has caught wind of an administrator in Texas who is either too ill-informed to do his job or dishonest enough to play dumb.  Either way, he’s breaking the law – as are many of the teachers in his employ. Kaufman said the complaint made four specific charges that will be addressed by the [Read More...]

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Hindus join the Temple of Satan in wanting a piece of equality pie in Oklahoma.

So after the ten commandments monuments went up at the Oklahoma state house, most of us know that the Temple of Satan immediately wanted to put up their own monument: The ACLU sued on First Amendment grounds to have the Old Testament monument removed, and a New York-based Satanist group proposed setting up its own [Read More...]

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David Silverman kicks wholesale ass in debate with Frank Turek.

Frank Turek is a particularly bad apologist with whom I have almost tangled in the past (he fears me).  But he got into a debate with David Silverman earlier this year and positively got his ass handed to him.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

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An interview with a thirteen year-old who seeks to join ISIS.

BBC recently managed an interview with a thirteen year-old boy who is preparing to join ISIS. As he welcomes us in, he appears a regular, happy-looking child: his hair is ruffled, his smile beaming, he wears a grey, hooded sweater. Sounds a bit like me at his age. But as we sit down to talk, [Read More...]

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Awkward reunion.

If anybody can find the origin of this cartoon, let me know so I can include it.  (Source: Space Avalanche.  Thanks you glorious commenters!) [Read more...]

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Next moderator of the Free Church of Scotland: keeping creationism out of science class is “militant atheism.”

The next Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland is a man named David Robertson and boy, is he unhappy with the Scottish Secular Society.  It turns out the SSS sent a petition to Scotland’s education secretary about stopping the teaching of creationism in public schools after it was discovered that a few were doing so. [Read More...]

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Brevard County Commission votes unanimously to deny Freethought group a chance to give opening prayer.

Ever since Greece v. Galloway, which allowed for sectarian prayers before government meetings so long as all religions were allowed equal space, the Central Florida Freethought Community has been trying to get the Brevard County Commission to let them do the opening prayer.  The Commission has blocked these efforts.  This resulted in several organization sending [Read More...]

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