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The Countries With The Highest Religious Diversity Are Mostly In The Asian-Pacific

worldreligdiversity[1]It won’t come as any surprise that Vatican City is the least religiously diverse ‘country’ in the world. More than 99% of inhabitants are Christian. What might be more surprising is that of the 12 most religiously diverse countries in the world, six of them are in the Asia-Pacific region, five are in sub-Saharan Africa and one is in Latin America. Pew Research analyzed data on religious affiliation within 232 countries and territories, organized into six major regions: Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. [Read more]

What Religion Am I? Call Me “None”

04156963-U1208080562232yE--296x198@wp.com[1]The smells of rice balls and beef stew waft through the house — and if you pay attention, the faint smell of incense. It’s the gio for my grandfather, the Vietnamese celebration of his death anniversary. My grandmother is bustling in her kitchen, readying my grandfather’s favorite dishes. We place the food in front of his altar, beside the incense bowl filled with uncooked rice and ashes. “Have you done lay yet?” my mom asks me. [Read more]

Atheists Win Court Case, But That Might Be A Bad Thing

“An atheist group in Tennessee won the right to distribute literature at an elementary school after the school allowed the Gideons group to distribute Christian Bibles to students. The Friendly Atheist blog reported that the Tri-State Freethinkers group in conjunction with the ACLU challenged the decision by Casey County School District Superintendent Marion Sowders to allow the Gideons to distribute copies of the New Testament at the county’s three elementary schools.

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45 Things I Learned At The Creation Museum

I went to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., for the Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate. First off, the museum is HUGE. It’s also REALLY nice. Like one of the nicest museums I’ve ever been to. It took me over three hours to go through it. Through the course of those three hours, I learned just about everything I could possibly ever want to know about creationism. Here, in convenient list form, is everything I learned. [Read more]

Christian Post Columnist Likens Scott Lively To Jesus Christ For Opposing ‘Demonic’ LGBT Rights

Michael Bresciani took to the Christian Post’s Prophecy and the News blog over the weekend to warn that the “entire LGBT movement is firmly based on a blatant anti-biblical and anti-Christ lie from the pits of hell” and to liken gays to “murderers, thieves, rapists, extortioners, serial killers and child molesters.” [Read more]

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Allow Atheist Wedding Officiants

n-STATE-SENATOR-JOHN-MARTY-large570[1]Minnesota state Sen. John Marty (D) introduced a bill on Friday to amend the state’s existing statute on civil marriages to allow atheists and humanists to preside over wedding ceremonies. The bill would grant “solemnization authorization,” which includes legally signing marriage certificates, to secular celebrants appointed by atheist or humanist organizations. Under current state law, “ministers of any religious denomination … are authorized to solemnize a civil marriage” after filing documents from their spiritual assembly with the local county registrar. [Read more]

Creationists Invited To Give Commencement Speech At Montana Tech

aby4vgvguuosunjdzs7r[1]A group of students and faculty at Montana Tech are organizing an unprecedented graduation boycott to protest the university’s decision to invite two commencement speakers who are prominent supporters of a young earth creationist museum. Montana power couple Greg and Susan Gianforte are engineers who have founded several tech companies and made donations to computer science programs at colleges throughout the state. But what rankles critics is that the Gianfortes were also major donors to the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, which describes itself as the “largest dinosaur and fossil museum in the United States to present its fossils in the context of biblical creation.” [Read more]

Homeopathy is Bunk, Study Says

UK Medical Journal Casts Doubt On HomeopathyHomeopathy is no more effective than a placebo, according to an extensive study by a peak science body. The draft paper by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) assessed research into the effectiveness of the alternative medicine on 68 health conditions and concluded “there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective”. Homeopathy claims to “let likes cure like,” by using highly diluted forms of the ailment it is treating. [Read more]

Oh, Social Media, You Scoundrel!

I was perusing through Facebook, happened upon my mother’s page (she clearly holds a different religious view than me) and found this wonderful gem of a link attached to it! Cancer Cure in the Bible?