Courts say Utah man doesn’t have to testify about possible child labor violations because Mormonism.

Under suspicion that an FLDS church (think Mormons who think god wasn’t joking about polygamy) in Utah was violating child labor laws the police sought testimony from a man named Vernon Steed.  Steed refused saying that the workings of the church were sacred matters and due to the Hobby Lobby decision he should be exempt [Read More...]

Pastor behind bars for noisy services.

I know, I know…you read that title and think “What???  Shouldn’t they have given him a warning first?”  Well, the police did.  They warned him and fined him for two years. Columbia Police officers have been called to the church more than 50 times for noise complaints. Neighbors said the noise coming from the musical [Read More...]

Two years for taking a blowjob pic with a Jesus statue is ludicrous.

In Everett Pennsylvania a 14 year-old boy has been arrested for taking and posting this picture on facebook: Is it tasteless?  Very.  Is it trespassing?  Possibly.  Hemant even called the kid an idiot, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.  He did something idiotic, but hell, so did I at 14 years-old.  It [Read More...]

Indiana’s Attorney General: gay marriage bans don’t target gay people.

So the 7th Circuit recently ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the United States Constitution.  This didn’t sit well with Indiana AG Greg Zoeller who wants the Supreme Court to take up the issue (careful what you wish for, Greg).  He has filed a brief that includes the most amazing (in [Read More...]

Airman denied reenlistment with the Air Force because he wouldn’t sign contract with “so help me god.”

Did you know that some people are just too atheist to fight for their country?  Apparently that’s the case: According to the AHA, the unnamed airman was told Aug. 25 that the Air Force would not accept his contract because he had crossed out the phrase “so help me God.” The airman was told his [Read More...]

BREAKING: Gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are gone.

After reaming the plaintiffs and flat out saying that bans on same-sex marriage are based on hate, it didn’t take the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals long.  Gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are gone: The gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are both unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously [Read More...]

BREAKING: Federal court withdraws its decision to defund the Affordable Care Act.

In July the US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled in a 2-1 decision that much of the ACA, which has secured healthcare for millions of Americans, must be defunded.  The court has, happily, just withdrawn that decision. In July, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the [Read More...]

BREAKING: Federal judge rules Louisiana gay marriage ban constitutional.

Ugh, here’s on to appeal.   U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a Reagan appointee, ruled that the ban on gay marriage in Louisiana is constitutional because same-sex marriage is a slippery slope that could lead to incest.  I’m not joking.  He wrote in his decision: For example, must the states permit or recognize a marriage between [Read More...]

FFRF on what the parsonage exemption costs in terms of education.

You know how you and I pay rent?  Well, many pastors don’t.  Above and beyond the pastor’s ordinary salary, many churches give them an additional housing allowance (which is also not taxable).  Often this is…exorbitant.  How much so?  Here’s a handy infographic: So why take issue with the parsonage exemption when a church could just [Read More...]

“Witch hunter” files hilarious lawsuit against th British Humanist Association.

Helen Ukpabio is a woman who believes herself to be a modern day apostle.  She makes a living traipsing about exorcising demons from children who, demonically, are causing them to act like children.  The British Humanist Association, being skeptics and all, sometimes write about how bunk this is. That isn’t what has gotten Ukpabio’s goat.  [Read More...]