Parody Legislators

February 21, 2018

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Our friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have got a new boss, taking over from Rev. Barry Lynn. In an announcement and in a Washington Post profile, we are introduced to Rachel Laser (BEST NAME EVER), formerly of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

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The Problems of Drinking Blood

February 20, 2018

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Carissa Wolf at the Post reports on how religious sects and their beliefs in faith healing have claimed the lives of hundreds of children, focusing on Idaho where the neglect of kids by the Followers of Christ have killed 183 kids since the law gave them a religious exemption:

Efforts to repeal faith-exemption laws across the nation pitted parental rights and religious freedom against children’s welfare. After decades of lobbying state lawmakers across the country, child advocates succeeded in overturning only a handful of exemptions in states including Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Tennessee. 

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Philosophical Cockfighting

February 19, 2018

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I yet live.

While I was away, someone decided to make a stage play out of The God Delusion and the band Muse made a song inspired by Richard Dawkins' conception of memes. Band member Matt Bellamy explains...

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What Did I Just Snort?

February 13, 2018

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Vouchers! The White House wants to direct $1 billion in public funds into vouchers for private and religious schools! If course they do. Maybe they wouldn't seem to "acceptable" of instead of calling them vouchers we called them, like, "creationism coupons." Just a thought. You guys can run with that.

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I Love to Mount Defenses for the Vile and Hypocritical

February 12, 2018

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FEMA is not supposed to be used as churches' collection plate, so that's what we told the media in our statement last week about the GOP's legislative pander, which appears in a piece by Emma Green in The Atlantic. She says:

These [religious] groups are actively looking for ways to expand the reach of Trinity Lutheran, especially in spheres like education that are much more contentious than disaster relief. That’s the tactical brilliance of the new FEMA provision, though: Battles over the First Amendment don’t seem so compelling in the context of a torn-up church.  

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Dog Blood and Cow Urine

February 09, 2018

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I don't know what came over us, but we were just Cuckoo for Press Releases yesterday. First we called out Jeff Sessions for installing little religious-right watchdogs with every U.S. Attorney's office, and then we called out the GOP Senators looking to exploit disaster relief efforts in order to pump taxpayer dollars to churches.

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Pixie Bust

February 08, 2018

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Just out this morning, we're sounding the alarm about a new DOJ policy that essentially gives the religious right its own private "religious liberty" watchdog in U.S. Attorney offices across the country.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that acceptance of evolution is less about one's politics and more about one's basic understanding of the concept...

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Uh-oh Zone

February 07, 2018

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Last year in Pakistan, a mob attacked and killed student Mashal Khan over allegations of blasphemy. A few hours ago, a court sentenced one man charged in the attack to death and five others to life in prison. 25 other people were charged with lesser crimes. 

Cara Rosenbloom at the Post profiles a quartet of skeptics pushing back against pseudoscience in health and nutrition...

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Creationist Kittens

February 06, 2018

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When Trump does something, world leaders follow his example...the bad ones, anyway. Guess what two words world leaders lever said before 2017, but now use all the time. They rhyme with "snake chews." 

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Bad Eggs

February 05, 2018

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Bob Smietana says Tom Brady, who I understand is a famous sports athlete, has become a sort of religious figure in a Chopra-Paltrow kind of way. Boston journalist Bob Ryan says, "[Brady's] trying to sell us a bill of good. It’s cultlike. ... And it looks like that’s going to be his life after football."

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