Priest caught with 15 year-old boy with no pants.

Today’s cover story of the Not Surprising Times is about a priest who counsels troubled teens who decided to fuck one of them. A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was charged with molesting a 15-year-old boy after cops say he was caught in the act. Father W. Jeffrey Paulish was allegedly found with the boy — [Read More...]

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Pope who wants the Church to be a “home for all” excommunicates a priest who questions.

Remember just last week when the pope said the Catholic Church was too obsessed with being anti-gay?  It went something like… In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited [Read More...]

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Man who lives in gilded halls and sits on a throne of gold chastizes the world for worshipping money.

So, this happened. The pope, who later celebrated Mass for some 300,000 people outside the city’s cathedral, told them: “We don’t want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money.” “The world has become an [Read More...]

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Ray Comfort capitalizing on a man’s suicide to spread lies about mental illness and life.

Ralph Barton was a popular cartoonist who shot himself in 1931.  Ray Comfort is now using his suicide to dig at atheists and, in doing so, to elevate Christianity. Makes sense since no Christian has ever committed suicide.  Wait a minute… Sadly, if Comfort had bothered to do any research, he would’ve learned that the [Read More...]

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Cranston to get new banners. People who said it wasn’t about god are hacked off the new murals don’t include god.

The same graduating class which provided Cranston West High School with their nefarious prayer murals which Jessica Ahlquist so bravely challenged (a challenge in which she was declared the swift victor by a conservative Catholic judge) has gifted the school two new banners which don’t break the law. The mural does not contain any religious [Read More...]

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Apostacon has set the standard for atheist conferences.

In 2008 (and really in 2009 at Skepticon 2), my friends and I conceived of a conference that would become the model for many other groups.  It was Skepticon, and it introduced a slew of new ideas to the conference format.  Forgive me a moment of pride when I say it changed things. Apostacon is [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: Corgi vs. ball.

My posts generally tend to highlight faith’s massive destructive capability in a world shared by faithful and people of no faith.  This can get pretty depressing.  Thankfully, I have a fiance (and a mother) who send me all kinds of happy stuff throughout the day to make sure I don’t become the type who begins [Read More...]

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On our way to Apostacon!

Hello everybody! Here in a couple of hours Michaelyn and I will be wending our way toward Omaha for that pirate-fest of a convention: Apostacon.  This will double as a sort of anniversary celebration for us, so we’re both hella excited.  I’ve got a couple talks I’m considering giving, so it’ll just have to be [Read More...]

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Mom will be able to name her child Messiah.

Last month an Alabama judge ruled that a mother couldn’t name her child Messiah because “Messiah” is a title reserved for Jesus Christ.  Naturally the mom appealed and, thankfully, the ruling was overturned. Chancellor Telford Fogerty ruled Wednesday that the name change violated the constitutional separation of church and state, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. [Read More...]

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Pope says Catholic Church too obsessed with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception.

The pope made headlines again by saying that the Catholic Church is too obsessed with gay rights: Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those [Read More...]

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Ken Ham says Bill Nye doesn’t understand science.

Ken Ham has taken another giant step towards securing himself a spot at the lack of self-awareness Olympics.  Ham just edged out porn stars accusing nuns of immodesty when he said: Australian “young Earth” creationist pastor Ken Ham said on Facebook Tuesday that Bill Nye “The Science Guy” does not “understand science correctly” because Nye [Read More...]

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John McCain blasts Putin in Russian newspaper.

When I wrote about Vladimir Putin’s op ed in the New York Times, I said: I think it was largely disingenuous, since it’s kind of obvious that Syria (which houses a key Russian military base) is an area of great political importance for Russia.  It’s sad, because the reasons Putin gave for opposing America rattling [Read More...]

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TheoreticalBS responds to Pascal’s Wager.

This guy is my new hero.  Like, this guy is David Tenant levels of awesome. What a magnificent line to describe god: “A being whose empathy is so easily trumped by his vanity.”  This guy makes me feel like I’m borrowing the English language. [Read more...]

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State of Michigan claims the right to regulate sexual relationships.

A man is challenging the gay marriage ban in the state of Michigan.  So the state has responded…with this: “One of the paramount purposes of marriage in Michigan — and at least 37 other states that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman — is, and has always been, to regulate [Read More...]

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