Super conservative judge rules against employers who, for religious reasons, don’t want to provide contraception.

We won’t always agree with people in life.  One of the things I dislike about atheism is that in many circles a disagreement is taken to be an indictment of a person’s character, as if good people can’t be misinformed (this is not to say there aren’t just plain bad people in the world who [Read More…]

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ISIS murders and strings up two young boys for not fasting during Ramadan.

That religion of peace at it again: Two children have reportedly been “crucified” by Isis for not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The boys, believed to be under the age of 18, were killed in Syria and their bodies displayed with placards hung around their necks announcing their “crime”. Their deaths in the [Read More…]

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Zoroastrians suing diaper company named after one of their scriptures.

In Iraq the Zoroastrian church is apparently upset with a diaper company named after one of their scriptures – so upset they’re suing the diaper company: In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, members of the Zoroastrian religious minority are threatening to bring a lawsuit against the Avesta Baby Diaper company.  Rudaw reported yesterday that “Avesta” is [Read More…]

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Nones are #2!

The religiously unaffiliated are the second most populous “religious” group in a lot of countries, including this one now: According to Pew: Religiously unaffiliated people – sometimes called the “nones” – account for 16% of the world’s population, and they make up the largest “religious group” in seven countries and territories. Perhaps more remarkably, they [Read More…]

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Michigan lawmaker introduces a bill that would task the clergy with providing marriage

I love watching Christians squirm at the idea that in about a week they won’t be able to dictate everybody’s love lives anymore.  More than that, I love that even they know they’re probably gonna lose this one. Enter Todd Courser, Michigan Republican, who wants to make it so that gay people could be refused [Read More…]

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Jeb Bush says he is proud of prolonging interfering in the Terri Schiavo case.

Appearing at the Freedom and Faith Coalition’s conference this past weekend Jeb Bush bragged of his interference in the Terri Schiavo case (for those unfamiliar, Jeb Bush passed emergency legislation to keep a woman on life support whose brain had literally turned to mush). And he defended his role in the Schiavo case, including his support [Read More…]

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Judge allows plaintiffs in the Hall County School District lawsuit to remain anonymous.

The American Humanist Association is suing the Hall Count School District over violations of the separation of church and state: Three people in the Hall County School District filed suit against the school district, its Superintendent Will Schofield and Chestatee Principal Suzanne Jarrard on Dec. 1. The humanist association sent a letter on Aug. 12 [Read More…]

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U2 and Bono stand up for Raif Badawi.

I’m not the biggest U2 fan, but this was pretty swell of them. Bono and @U2 stand in support of @raif_badawi during concert in Montreal #FreeRaif pic.twitter.com/dUtL2Tnv6i via @miss9afi — Dwight Bashir (@DwightBashir) June 18, 2015 [Read more…]

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Big surprise: Southern Baptist Convention passes a resolution against same-sex marriage.

Oh good, now we know where they stand: The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution Tuesday, June 16, opposing gay marriage, reaffirming a long-standing position of the denomination. “The Southern Baptist Convention calls on Southern Baptists and all Christians of like-mindedness to stand firm on the Bible’s witness on the private purpose of marriage, which [Read More…]

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Florist who spotted the Charleston shooter attributes it to “divine intervention.”

Apparently god used his divine intervention in Charleston to help catch the culprit in a crowded city, not to stop him from committing mass murder: A North Carolina florist who helped police track down South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof on Thursday told TODAY she felt “divine intervention” put her in the right place at the [Read More…]

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