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Humanist Chaplain Congressional Briefing: Urge Your Representative to Attend!

military-300x225[1]The American Humanist Association will be holding our first-ever congressional briefing on July 22nd at 12:30 in Rayburn 2103 regarding the need for Humanist Chaplains in the U.S. military. We have some fantastic speakers lined up for the event. [Read more]

On Church Discipline for Dissenting Groups

I am neither a Mormon Stories fan nor an advocate of ordaining women, so I write this column with some trepidation. No matter how hard I try to be sympathetic, some people will inevitably find me judgmental or condescending. [Read more]

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases to Watch

scotus-300x200[1]This past U.S. Supreme Court term was not encouraging for humanists. In the ruling on Town of Greece v. Galloway, we saw religion privileged when the Court declared sectarian legislative prayer to be constitutional. [Read more]

Mike Huckabee Says Todd Akin Was Attacked For Being A Christian

WorldNetDaily runs a glowing profile today of failed Senate candidate Todd Akin’s new book — which WND just so happens to be publishing — including plaudits from Mike Huckabee, Oliver North and WND editor Joseph Farah. [Read more]

Global Churches Body Calls on Members to Work for ‘Nuclear-Free World’

kaori-suzuki-fukishima-survivor[1]Citing tensions and disasters in Northeast Asia, the World Council of Churches has called on its churches to deepen ethical and theological debates about civilian and military uses of nuclear energy. It main governing body called on the churches to examine “the witness inherent in using nuclear electricity or in accepting protection from nuclear weapons.” [Read more]

Are Mormon Women Allowed to Ask Questions?

A common interpretation of recent LDS disciplinary actions against Kate Kelly—asserted by Kelly herself and echoed over much of social media—argues that these actions were intended to repress questions. [Read more]

Why Care About America’s Occult Past?

seal-solomon-2-300x296[1]I like history, but I love occult history. Anything that involves magick or the supernatural I have a high interest in. That doesn’t mean I believe every spell I’ve ever read about works or that every ghost story is literally true. By way of comparison I don’t think the fall of Troy happened in exactly the way it’s laid out by Homer, but that doesn’t mean I simply dismiss it. [Read more]

Tony Perkins Fears Obama Will Start Putting Christians In Jail Any Day Now

Tony Perkins invited Fox News’ go-to-Christian-persecution-commentator Todd Starnes to join him on the weekend edition of “Washington Watch,” where Starnes pointed to recent remarks by Rick Warren and Russell Moore warning of the imminent imprisonment of Christians in America as proof that Christians will indeed soon face jail sentences. [Listen to sound bite]

Bob Jones University Told Rape Victims to Repent and Look for ‘Root Sin’ That Caused Their Attack

shutterstock_100219142_crop[1]According to an investigative report from Al Jazeera America, rape victims searching for help at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., were told to repent and seek out their own “root sin” that caused them to be raped. [Read more]

Why Be An Atheist? Is There Something Special About Atheism?

Response: This is a very good question; unfortunately, it isn’t very easy to answer. There are perhaps as many reasons for being an atheist as there are atheists. What I mean by this is that the road to atheism tends to be very personal and individual, based upon the specific circumstances of a person’s life, experiences, and attitudes. [Read more]

Faith Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Religious Exemption For LGBT Hiring Non-Discrimination

slide_324920_3119649_free[1]More than one hundred faith leaders sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday asking that he remove a religious exemption from his upcoming executive order banning hiring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among federal contractors. [Read more]

Myth: Atheists are Fools who Say in their Heart ‘There is no God’

Christians seem to love to quote the above verse from Psalms. Sometimes, I think this verse is popular because it allows them to call atheists “fools” and imagine that they can avoid taking responsibility for doing so – after all, they are just quoting the Bible so it’s not really them saying it, right? [Read more]

4 Reasons Conservatives Are Embracing Prison Reform

prison-reform[1]There are few social issues over which all within the greater Christian Church can agree, or at least historically have been able to find common ground. From gay marriage to gun control, it seems that religious ideology have gone part and parcel along with the respective political parties that tend to represent our social views. [Read more]

Ten Commandments: Basis for American Law?

One of the arguments most frequently offered for the creation of Ten Commandments plaques, monuments, or displays on government property is that they are the foundation of American (or Western) law. Having the Ten Commandments displayed is thus supposed to be a way of acknowledging the roots of our laws and our government. But is this really valid? [Read more]

What If Blessing Israel Means Confronting Their Violence?

76038848_khdair[1]My heart breaks as violence is on the rise again in Israel. Just within the last few days, we’ve seen a Palestinian child burned alive , seen leaked video of Israeli police beating an American Palestinian child who was bound at the time, a Christian minister has been attacked by Israeli settlers, and an Israeli lawmaker has called for even the death of noncombatants. [Read more]

Early Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

FC120386-8C9E-4BE4-A97870EE1B39C82D_article[1]On March 17, a panel of four astrophysicists held a press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., to announce that they had discovered features in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) that are consistent with gravitational waves from the universe’s first moments. [Read more]

Evolution Defined: What is Evolution and Evolutionary Theory?

Evolution can be a confusing term because it is used in more than one way. Many people in the general population have developed an incorrect understanding of evolution for a number of reasons. [Read more]

7 Obstacles Pastors Face When Helping Congregations Integrate Faith and Everyday Work

ephesians4_11-13-1024x768[1]If you’re a pastor, you’ve likely fielded parishioner questions about work-related topics such as calling, ethics and evangelism. [Read more]

Spied on for Being Muslim? NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Respond to U.S. Gov’t Surveillance

In an interview with Democracy Now!, journalist Glenn Greenwald talked about his latest story for The Intercept in which the National Security Agency allegedly spied on five prominent Muslim Americans based on information leaked by Edward Snowden. “The only thing they really had in common is that they are all politically active American Muslims,” Greenwald told Democracy Now. [Read more]

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops

RNS-WOMEN-BISHOPSWomen’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday (July 14). [Read more]

I Had to Leave My Overtly Religious Work Environment. Should I Sue?

I have separated from an employer due to differing religious opinions. My employer found out from a co-worker that I was not a believer in any religion and from that point forward was cold and made a point to single me out whenever things did not work out the way he wanted. [Read more]

A Christian Case Against the Literal Reading of Scripture

Jesus[1]If being a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then it follows to think that Christians ought to be like Christ. In many cases this might prove difficult. We do not know everything Christ did on Earth in the finest detail. In other cases, when overextended, this would be silly. [Read more]

Klingenschmitt: Atheists Should Undergo An Exorcism To Rid Them Of The Devil So They’ll Feel Comfortable In Church

Gordon Klingenschmitt, who is currently the Republican candidate for a state house seat in Colorado, weighed in on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear this case on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program where he offered a novel solution: atheists who don’t want to attend their public school graduation in a church should just undergo an exorcism to rid them of the Devil so that they’ll be comfortable attending church and “free to enjoy the worship of Jesus Christ.”

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Matthew Hagee Says Obamacare Is Conditioning People To Accept The Mark Of The Beast

On this week’s “Hagee Hotline,” Matthew Hagee answered a question from a viewer who was wondering if Obamacare will “increase the risk of America supporting a one world government” by assuring her that it most certainly does.

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Louie Gohmert Proves That God Exists

Rep. Louie Gohmert was among the speakers at last night’s “Celebrate America” event, the three week long revival effort organized by “holy laughter” pioneer Rodney Howard-Browne, where he proved once and for all that God exists because “you couldn’t get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything.”

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