FLDS Church sends ex-member kitten encased in concrete as warning

If you're a religious fundie, odds are your level of respect for other living creatures not gifted with 'a soul' is not very high. Most fundamentalists see violence and cruelty towards animals as just a normal part of everyday life. God, in their deluded eyes, gave them total dominion over animals, and that means you can treat them like shit if you want. How else can you explain this bit of cruelty? Ex FLDS ...

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Scientology wants to fight the Interwebs

Man, I never realized Katie Holmes marrying Tom Cruise would be such a blessing in disguise. While I figured she would eventually break away from the cult, I never realized it was going to turn into a Lifetime movie version of Not Without My Daughter. Tom's carefully crafted public image is crumbling under increased media pressure, curious about Scientology and increasingly unafraid of the consequences of c ...

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Nice going, New Zealand!

Well, finally a bit of good news this week. It seems as though a New Zealand Primary school is no longer offering Bible studies, as no one is actually interested in reading the damn thing. Hey, I speak from experience here: I am, after all, writing a book on the Bible, and trust me when I say it's often a big snooze fest. It's certainly not the kind of material I would recommend to kids (how can you even te ...

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Face-in-Book Kickstarter deal selling fast

In case you were debating whether or not you should get your face illustrated in my upcoming book, Bible Stories, you may want to consider the fact that the availability of this option is fading fast. Of the 30 spots, over half are already gone, and the least expensive option (at around 250) has only 5 remaining spots. At this rate, they will likely be gone by the end of the week, so if you are interested i ...

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Catholic propaganda election video

You hear that folks, some things aren't negotiable, like defining when life actually starts. Using their super-scientific method of determining what is right and wrong (i.e., do whatever the fucking Pope tells you to do), Catholics want voters to continue to erode the reproductive rights of women, deny gays the same rights as everyone else, and let's not forget force everyone else to placate their crazy non ...

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Remember these whackos?

Remember these guys? The Heaven's Gate people had a penchant for Nikes and a pretty unhealthy obsession with the Hale-Bopp Comet. In total, 39 poor saps took their own lives, convinced that doing so would ensure their safe passage aboard a spaceship trailing the comet. After they purchased alien abduction insurance (the logic of this still baffles me) from Lloyd's of London, they prepared a weird mixture of ...

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Raped woman, jailed, denied access to morning-after pill due to “religious objections”

There's no denying the fact as of late, the religious right has been flexing its political muscle, and the result has been a steady erosion of women's reproductive rights. It's gotten so bad, in Mississippi a Federal Judge had to get involved when the state effectively declared war on abortion. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan entered a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for July 11 to det ...

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“Bible Stories” Kickstarter campaign book tour

It's looking as though I underestimated how excited people are by my upcoming book, Bible Stories. We've reached our goal of 10k after only the first week, and that's some very exciting news. If we keep up this pace, it means I'll be able to do a book tour, and that would involve doing shows for a live audience! It also means I might be able to commission an animator for Bible Stories. Imagine short cartoon ...

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Indian rationalist fights uphill battle for freedom

A few months ago, Sanal Edamaruku, who heads the Indian Rationalist Association (you might remember him as the guy who challenged a witch doctor to put a death curse on him) was charged with 'deliberately hurting the feelings' of Catholics after he exposed a leaking Jesus statue as the fraud it was. He's recently been denied anticipatory bail, and as a consequence, he's currently hiding in Europe while he a ...

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Catholic Bishops in Uganda try to resurrect “Kill the Gays” bill

When push comes to shove, religion poisons everything. Trouble is in its DNA, in its very structure. My God is the only god. His way is the only Way. That's why I'm not surprised that Catholic bishops in Uganda - having previously spoken out against the "kill the gays" legislation proposed last year - joined in an ecumenical council of Anglican and Orthodox bishops attempting to resurrect it. Content in the ...

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