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Should California Force Priests to Report Child-Molestation Confessions?

Church leaders say it violates religious freedom. mercurynews.com

Another Empty Tomb Story

I do not believe that we have any reason to think that there is any genetic relationship between the following extract and the gospels. The similarities arise entirely from a shared cultural and thought world. vridar.org

Megachurch Pastor Caught in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg ordered $1 million in assets belonging to Winners Church and to church pastors Fred and Whitney Shipman frozen. charismanews.com

Anti-Choice Evangelical Minister Explains Why He’s Now Supporting Abortion Rights

Rob Schenck has a 30-year history of anti-choice activism attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade. But now, things have changed. alternet.org

The Preachers Getting Rich from Poor Americans

Televangelist Todd Coontz has a well-worn routine: he dresses in a suit, pulls out a Bible and urges viewers to pledge a very specific amount of money. “Don’t delay, don’t delay,” he urges, calmly but emphatically. bbc.com

Why Are Black People Obsessed With The Bible That Was Used To Enslave Them?

The more I studied the Bible the more I realized that most of the Christians around me did not believe everything that was in the Bible. modernghana.com

These Awesome & Inspiring Church Signs Have Doubled the Congregation’s Size

With all the hate in the world right now, we need a little love. lgbtqnation.com

“Girl Defined” Sisters use Beauty to Promote Hate & Intolerance Online

In a quick review of their website, Without a Crystal Ball uncovered numerous blogs that are homophobic, transphobic, and sexist. patheos.com

Survey Concludes There’s Likely a Lot More U.S. Atheists Than We Think

How many atheists are there? psyarxiv.com

Ark Encounter Really Hates That People Are Saying They Suffered “Flood” Damage

Ken Ham‘s company said that massive rainfall destroyed a nearby access road and they paid nearly $1,000,000 to fix the problem. Insurance only agreed to cover a portion of that sum. patheos.com

ID Craziness: Diarrhea and the Appendix Are Signs of Intelligent Design

ID advocate David Klinghoffer maintains the evidence is not just an adaptation itself, evincing the wisdom of the creator, but supposed foresight. whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com

Worse Than Abortion? (The Bible Wins Again…)

There’s been a lot of talk about abortion lately, with the religious right taking a fairly myopic “we own morality” approach to the argument. patheos.com

Our Values in Action

Black Nonbelievers was proud to be a national co-sponsor of this year’s Secular Week of Action, which ran from April 26 – May 2. blacknonbelievers.com

Why Young Jews are Detouring from Israel to Palestine

Some are using Birthright trips to draw attention to the Israeli occupation, its policy of oppression, and the call for a two-state solution. yesmagazine.org

Tax Court Denies Deduction For Evangelist’s Expenses

The Tax Court also rejected petitioner’s claim that “three audits of his Federal income tax returns within 10 years resulted in excessive Government entanglement with his exercise of religion.” religionclause.blogspot.com

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Protesters Flee After Counter-Protesters Strip Down To Bras

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police in Jerusalem over the weekend in protest of the Eurovision Song Contest final, which was held on Shabbat. forward.com

IFB Pastor to Open Florida College, Calls Sexual Assault Claims Lies

Cameron Giovanelli will be the president of the school when it opens in 2020. Sarah Jackson, who has accused Giovanelli of sexually abusing her, spoke about the abuse. star-telegram.com

Black Girl Psychic Medium, At a Church Near You

If we are lucky we have premonitions, intuitions, and dreams that guide us. Others, instead, reach out to psychic mediums, ministers and doctors. rollingout.com

With Attendance Down, Rural Churches Pool Resources to Keep Doors Open

Rural churches, often the bedrock of the community, are facing declining membership. They are increasingly teaming up in hopes of surviving. npr.org

Sex, Race and Civil Discourse

Sex, race and religion are protected categories in federal employment law, which means employers can’t treat employees differently based on sex, race or religion. bjconline.org

What Israel’s New Election Reveals About the Struggle Over Jewishness

Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and dissolved parliament on May 29. That means Israel must hold fresh elections. religionnews.com

Robert Price and Christopher Hansen Discussion

Mullah Defends ‘Beat Your Wives Lightly’ Advice