A couple of interesting studies.

Ever wonder what people pray for?  Welp, a Christian retailer just did a phone survey and the results…weren’t really surprising: …a survey conducted by LifeWay, a Christian retailer based in Nashville, TN, should be one that we can rely on. So what was LifeWay curious about? Prayer. In particular: how often you pray; what you [Read More...]

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Mormon Church upset about gay bar having Mormon night.

A Salt Lake City gay bar has started having Mormon nights once per week: According to KUTV, bar staff wore missionary nametags, while special Mormon-themed drinks called ‘sacrament shots’, ‘baptism by fireball’, ‘garment droppers’ and ‘151 missionary’ were put on the menu. A naked statue of the Mormon prophet Moroni was also erected on top [Read More...]

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National Organization for Marriage is disappointed in the Supreme Court.

Brian Brown from NOM is outraged at the Supreme Court, and he’s got a bunch of trite, easily debunked arguments to express his displeasure: We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. [Read More...]

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SCOTUS also denies appeal from Ohio science teacher who taught creationism.

Lost beneath the symphony of elation for marriage equality today is the fact that the SCOTUS also denied the appeal of John Freshwater.  Freshwater was eventually fired for preaching in his classroom, teaching creationism, and using a Tesla coil to burn a cross into the arm of a student.  Not joking:   I know some of [Read More...]

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In which I try to comfort Peter LaBarbera.

It’s strange.  In the wake of an avalanche of marriage equality cases having their stays lifted, none of the usual merry band of people determined to make the word “family” synonymous with discrimination have made a peep.  Nothing from Bryan Fischer, Matt Barber, etc. But Peter LaBarbera, leader of American for Truth About Homosexuality (the [Read More...]

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Student who was forced to stand for the pledge receives apology from school.

Last month a student at a Ventura County, CA high school was intimidated by his teacher into standing for the pledge of allegiance after the student initially refused.  The American Humanist Association went to this students defense and won a victory for first amendment rights everywhere: The American Humanist Association was contacted by the student [Read More...]

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Reza Aslan is wrong about Islam (via Muhammad Syed and Sarah Haider).

Hey guys.  This post originally went up on the Friendly Atheist (where it can be read in full, and should be).  It was a response to Reza Aslan’s recent apologetics with regard to Islam that are making the rounds (even to some religion-friendly blogs on the atheist channel here at Patheos): I shared it on social [Read More...]

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Founder of Lucas Oil: “I’m tired of minorities running this country.”

The founder of Lucas Oil, Charlotte Lucas, has had it up to here with atheists and Muslims running this country. The co-founder of Lucas Oil, a Corona, California-based oil products company with annual revenues in excess of $150 million, took to her Facebook page this week, complaining that she is “sick and tired of minorities [Read More...]

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A constitutional law student’s take on Scalia’s recent comments on secularism

So while I’m running for office, I’m also a student at the University of North Texas, earning my BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law. This means my focus of study has been on the judicial system and constitutional law. I consider myself very knowledgeable of the Supreme Court and the rulings [Read More...]

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Guest post from Licking, OH resident: school system awash in church/state violations.

Something I’ve learned in my time as an activist is that sometimes letting school officials who are violating the separation of church and state know that their behavior is becoming a national issue is a powerful deterrent.  Which brings me to an email I received last night from a resident of Licking County, OH.  It [Read More...]

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