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Nonreligious Scouts offered badge to protest Boy Scout bigotry

Madison, WI – AAI Affiliate Freedom From Religion Foundation is unveiling a freethought badge to reward young nonbelievers and challenge the Boy Scouts of America’s discrimination aga...

Masturbation & Porn Bigger Priority Than Planet & Poverty for US Bishops

By Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches: In another sign of just how far the agendas of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis have diverged, it’s worth noting that at their re...

Canadian Masquerade: Response

(This is in response to “Canadian Masquerade: ”Personal Choice” of the Niqab)   Much ado has been made about the case of Zunera Ishaq, who was granted permission to wear the niq...

Canadian Masquerade: “Personal Choice” of the Niqab

Marco de Rossi, Atheist Freethinkers, http://www.atheology.ca/blog-062/   Just to set things up for you, Zunera Ishaq is the fundamentalist Muslim woman who, after a two-year legal battle, o...

Half of the New Canadian Cabinet Members Chose to Skip “So Help Me God” in Their Oaths of Office

  Patheos – Yesterday, as new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn in, a lot of attention went to the makeup of his 31-member cabinet. When asked why he felt it was so important...

Rabbi Was Expelled For ‘Sexual Misconduct’ And Some Leaders Were Left In The Dark

By Paul Berger – Huffington Post    Rabbi Eric Siroka was quietly expelled from the nation’s leading association for Reform rabbis, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, thi...

The Church’s Role in Keeping White Supremacy Alive

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith – Huffington Post   There are many things which we can get around if we try, but it is hard to escape the religious beliefs with which we grow up. In my home, the ma...

Boycott gay weddings, even family, says Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler

RNS (Religion News Service), Christians should not attend a same-sex wedding — even of their own child — because it signals “moral approval” of the union, the president of the Souther...

Parents, church members charged in death of teen, beating of his brother

According to Utica OD, Two brothers were severely beaten — one of whom died — inside Word of Life Christian Church Monday afternoon, but the events that led up to 19-year-old Lucas Leonard’...

Hundreds shut out of sole session on gays at World Meeting of Families

According to RNS, Homosexuality was such a combustible topic at the World Meeting of Families, a four-day Catholic gathering under way here, that it was doused twice.   First, Philadelphia Archbi...

Pope: Bishops who covered up for abuse guilty of wrongdoing

By NICOLE WINFIELD / Associated Press   ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) – Pope Francis has defended his words of consolation to U.S. bishops over the priest sex abuse scandal but says R...

Catholic church missing out on ‘billions’

By Jenny Cosgrave / Yahoo Finance   As Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for a six-day visit , Catholic churches across the country have high hopes that his stopover will reinvigorate and offer fr...

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