City Presses Criminal Charges Against Church for Pro-Life Signs

City officials threatened a Virginia church with misdemeanor charges for having pro-life signs on their own property. Who needs ISIS when you’ve got government bureaucrats? Some people think the 1st Amendment is about protecting popular and politically correct speech. But such things don’t need protection. The 1st Amendment has to do with protecting controversial speech. The issue of abortion is obviously controversial, but because murdering unborn babies is socially and culturally acceptable, Read more […]

Religious Freedom, Hypothetical Hate, and “Legitimate” Bigotry

The situation in Indiana over so-called religious freedom is completely ridiculous. Let’s just overlook the fact that the Indiana religious freedom act is just a more local version of the national RFRA signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. That in itself should indicate that the current hatred is contrived at best. But let’s also look at the targets of hatred. The Christian owners of an Indiana pizzeria nearly shuttered their business after they were threatened by homosexual Read more […]

Catholic Church in San Francisco Was Pouring Cold Water on the Homeless

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in San Francisco had an odd way of making sure homeless people didn’t sleep in front of its doors—it had a timed sprinkler system that dumped cold water in its doorways: . . . The principal church of the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese used the watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral doorways. The archdiocese acknowledged Wednesday it had been using the system for the past two years. But the system also drenches some homeless Read more […]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Protects Wife Abusers?

A new act in the Georgia legislature, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), was designed to protect the right of religious people to exercise their beliefs without molestation from the government. But some critics are condemning the act, saying its wording would actually protect any behavior a person claimed was connected to his religion—like child and wife abuse, for instance. Some legal commentators have said that the law would give a pass to spousal and child abusers, as long as the Read more […]

Irreligious Extremism: Atheist UNC Shooter Murders Three Muslims

It’s not something you are going to hear much about, but Craig Hicks, the guy who allegedly just shot three Muslims in North Carolina, may have had religious motives in the killing. Was he a right-wing religious fanatic? No, of course not. If he were, you can be sure we’d all be hearing about it ad nauseam. No. He’s an atheist: Hicks, the alleged shooter, frequently shared links about atheism on what appears to be his Facebook page. One such post reads: “People say nothing can solve the Read more […]

Iceland to Build First Modern Temple to Norse Gods

In the “more evidence that people want all the trappings of religion without God” column, Iceland is set to build the first modern temple to Norse gods, without any real belief in Norse gods, of course: Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age. Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a Read more […]

It’s Official: The Islamic State Is Not Islamic

Over the last year, there has been intense debate regarding whether or not the Islamic State, or IS, was Islamic. In August of 2014, when ISIS released a video in which they beheaded american Journalist James Foley, and an ISIS fighter dressed in black said “Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people,” the administration briefly flirted with the idea that the Islamic state may be Islamic, but they didn’t want Read more […]

Et Tu Charlie? Do French Homophobes Get Free Speech Protection? Nope.

After the controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo was targeted by Muslim terrorists, all of France (and most of the world) got together to champion free speech, even of the most inflammatory, controversial variety. Following such an outpouring, France has made a historic decision to punish French homophobes for inflammatory speech. Double standard? In what a major French LGBT rights group called a “significant victory”, three people were convicted in a Paris court this week after they accompanied Read more […]

MIT Climate Scientist Calls Global Warming Crowd a Cult

Merriam-Webster defines a cult as “a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.” Man-made global warming fits the bill as a cult, according to a climate scientist at MIT, Richard Lindzen. Breitbart reported: An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict Read more […]

Michigan Public School Board Allows Muslims to Pray

The Michigan Public School Board gives Muslim students special privileges not allowed to Christians. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson We—as a society—hate being negatively labeled. We hate it because we’ve learned that once a label is uttered, it usually sticks. Think of any high-profile political personality and certain words will immediately come to mind. Mitt Romney: rich, robotic, flip-flopper. Sarah Palin: dumb, crazy, hick. Ann Read more […]

Merry Christians: Religious People Are Happier?

A new study (that recapitulates a 2004 study of the same kind) indicates again that religious people, especially those who regularly attend religious services, are twice as likely to consider themselves “very happy” as those who do not: The correlation between religiosity and happiness is clear, but explanations of the connection and possible causal relationship are less clear. One theory suggests that the social support that religious communities can provide may be a key factor contributing Read more […]

School District Sued for Shutting Down Student-led Prayer Group

The last time I was in contact with the Christian Law Association, they told me that it was perfectly legal for students to initiate conversations dealing with religion and to pray at school. Teachers are not allowed to initiate prayer or religious discussion separate from what a lesson plan calls for, but students can ask questions and bring up topics like Christianity, creation and the Bible. Teachers are even legally allowed to answer student’s questions. However, most school districts are Read more […]