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Being Black and Gay sucks

If you're black and gay, you have my pity. I can't imagine a minority group so vehemently opposed to homosexuality. They often make the sermons of white Alabama preachers seem almost tame by comparison. It's no secret as a group, African Americans are more religiously conservative than the average American. Since many believe in the literal word of God, it doesn't leave a lot of room for tolerance and under ...

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Defiant priests think their freedoms are being curtailed

Religions have it pretty sweet in America. Not only do they enjoy a special status in society; they also get to benefit from generous tax exemptions. This privileged status comes at a price however; churches are not allowed by law to interfere with the political process. It's a rule that's never been strongly enforced in my opinion, with plenty of  instances where religious institutions have openly or secre ...

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Old white guy thinks atheism is “a joke”

I'll never grow tired of old, conservative gas-bags going on about how atheism is either dead, on it's way out, or, as this crusty old white dude said, “a joke". Because he's convinced only an invisible male patriarchal God is the proper explanation as to the existence of the Universe, columnist William Murchison believes the recent remarks of Stephen Hawking, claiming the Universe did not need a supernatur ...

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Religious Freedom is a Paradox

If there's one thing you have to credit religion with, it's their ability to insert themselves into things, often painfully and occasionally in a way that merits jail time, but mysteriously enough results in no real punishment. Religion is so skilled at doing this they manage to convince throngs of people to believe without them, the fabric of their lives would fall apart. Take marriage for instance, how ma ...

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Site Update: The Long Version

As I round out my tenure in the 9-5 world, I'm beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I thought, therefore, it would be neighborly of me to inform the web enthusiasts who have all but abandoned me (or at the very least said "see you soon") over my total lack of online presence. Well, I'm back baby, and I feel like these next few months are going to be, in a word, awesome. In this po ...

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Irony, thy name is religion

IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo. So let me get this straight: this movie is claiming secular institutions are "indoctrinating" young people through the process of NOT forcing them to participate in mandatory religious service...Yeah, sounds like the proper definition there. Also according to some of these nutjobs, the "Fear of God" is what leads ultimately to wisdom. In other words, if y ...

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Christians want the freedom to shut Comedy Central up too

In possibly one of the most ironic cases of life imitating art ever, Christians are now saying because Mohammad can't be made fun of on Comedy Central, Jesus should be off limits too. A coalition of religious and conservative leaders is trying to stop a proposed Comedy Central cartoon that puts Jesus Christ in a modern-day context – before it even gets started. The newly formed Citizens Against Religious Bi ...

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Greensboro mayor adds prayer to council meetings

It seems as though the concept of the separation of church and state, made abundantly clear by the Establishment Clause of the constitution, is still something some Christians just can't seem to wrap their head around. The latest bonehead is Mayor Bill Knight of the city of Greensboro, North Carolina. If that city sounds a little familiar to you, it's because only a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of bein ...

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Is S.E. Cupp an atheist?

On one of the podcasts, Ryan commented on the fact he felt that there shouldn't be a "purity" test when it came to atheism. While I agree no one should need to prove they are a true nonbeliever, you have to wonder if there aren't a few who "fake it" for financial and political gain. Take the laughingly ignorant S.E. Cupp, who's been making the rounds as Fox News' new token "atheist". She's written a book su ...

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Arizona, you make me sick

You get the impression sometimes there really are two Americas: one where the values of liberty, religious and ethnic diversity, the rule of law and a sense of fair play still reign supreme, and one where bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, rigid religious dogmatism and "safety" rules the day. It's why you get places like Arizona where the government is hard at work trying to boot out every single illegal immi ...

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