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Oct
24
2013

President Obama’s Publicly Funded Morning Devotionals


By Sean Lachut
In a piece on the Americans United website, Simon Brown points out that a book of President Obama's morning devotionals, compiled by Pentecostal minister, former Obama outreach team member, and so-called "Pastor-In-Chief" (groan), Joshua DuBois, may have been funded by taxpayer money. DuBois, quoted in Brown's article discussing whether or...

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Oct
24
2013

Pew Research Center Posts “Facts About Atheists”


By Sean Lachut
In the wake of the Oprah/Diana Nyad "atheists and awe" kerfuffle, the Pew Research Center has posted five facts about atheists. So there's that!

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Oct
24
2013

CFI-DC Announces Date for Next African-Americans for Humanism Conference


By Sean Lachut
Following the success of the historic 2010 event, the Center for Inquiry–DC is proud to host the African Americans for Humanism DC 2014 Regional Conference on February 1 at the Hill Center DC Lincoln Hall. CFI's own Debbie Goddard will be MC'ing the event.

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Oct
24
2013

Vatican Suspends “Bling Bishop”


By Sean Lachut
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Germany has been suspended from his bishop-ly duties while he is investigated for financial misdeeds. The bishop recently spent a whopping $42 million renovating his house in Limburg, Germany, claiming the excess cost was due to the fact that "surrounding structures had to be protected,...

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Oct
24
2013

Secularism Catching On In Mainstream Culture


By Sean Lachut
Herb Silverman in an article for the Washington Post blog, argues that atheism (he uses the term broadly to cover atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, etc.) is winning the culture war. He cites the recent Pew surveys that show a spike in those that identify as "nones" as evidence, as well...

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Oct
24
2013

Time for the Religious Right to Pull Out of Politics?


By Sean Lachut
That's just what Russell Moore, the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention (the country's largest evangelical group at nearly sixteen million members), is urging those in his extended congregation to do. Moore says its time to "tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray" and to stop...

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Oct
24
2013

Retired Catholic Priest Marries Longtime Partner


By Sean Lachut
In the wake of New Jersey's legalization of same-sex marriage, Rev. Tom Pivinski married his partner of over twenty years Malcolm Navias late Monday evening. The ceremony came after Pivinski spent the morning hours officiating the weddings of other same-sex couples anxiously awaiting to legitimize their basic human right. Good...

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Oct
24
2013

Religious Individuals More Likely To Lie for Financial Gain?


By Sean Lachut
That's the finding of a study by University of Regina economist Justin Childs. He found that just over 50 percent of people surveyed lied when money was on the table, but that people who asserted that religion had an important role in their life were more likely to be in...

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Oct
23
2013

Religious Business Owners Forced to Pay for Birth Control?


By Sean Lachut
No, in short. However, the Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the provision in the Affordable Care Act that states that "insurers cover preventive health care without co-pays." As Joshua Holland says on the previously linked BillMoyers.com, "The entire controversy is based on a false premise: that...

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Oct
23
2013

Chris Christie Stops Appeal on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling


By Sean Lachut
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, in what appears to many to be a move in support of his (likely) presidential campaign in 2016, has petitioned New Jersey's attorney general to stop an appeal on a ruling making same-sex marriage legal. Governor Christie has made it clear that he does...

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