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…]
Board of Commissioners in Lincoln County nix prayer altogether when they realize everybody’s allowed in.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
74 Catholic parishes in New York to close due to low attendance, shortage of priests, and financial trouble.
After that last post, how about some good news? Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368 [Read More…]
Every year in Israel a parade known as the March for Tolerance is held in Jerusalem. People gather to march for equal rights in a country beholden to Jewish Orthodoxy. However, to some with a mind contaminated by fundamentalist religion a message of love strikes them as a threat, an affront to decency that is [Read More…]
So with the Affordable Care Act comes a religious exemption: if you’re a religious employer that doesn’t want to provide contraception you must fill out a form and the funding for that contraception will come from elsewhere. It’s a win-win: people still get their birth control, religious people don’t have to provide it. And so [Read More…]
The World Health Organization is working with the government of Kenya to provide the country with a huge supply of polio vaccines to inoculate the nation’s children. Less children getting sick is an awesome thing, but there appears to be a hurdle: the Catholic Church is urging the citizenry to boycott the vaccines: Roman Catholic [Read More…]
BREAKING: OK Supreme Court will not rehear the 10 commandments case. Monument on state capitol must go.
A few weeks ago the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a 10 commandments monument (to the exclusion of other monuments) on the state capitol grounds was a violation of the separation of church and state (file that under “no shit”). But afterward Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument would remain. She tried to justify this [Read More…]