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Another mass shooting. This time we’re at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a guy kills 10 people, injures 7 more, and is himself killed by police. Reports say he was asking victims about their religion, and as you’ll know doubt hear if you haven’t already, he was apparently against organized religion, for what it’s worth.
The Vatican seems to be doing some damage control around the Kim Davis secret meeting:
The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.
Except of course on the plane back from the U.S., Pope Sneaky was all about a believers’ duty to flout the law for one’s religious beliefs, sooooooo…. And Emma Green reports that Davis’s lawyers are countering the countering, saying, “Pope Francis thanked her for her courage and told her to ‘Stay strong.’ His words and actions support the universal human right to conscientious objection.”
Anti-vaxxers in California fail to collect sufficient signatures to get the repeal of the new vaccine law on the referendum ballot. That’s an impressive failure, given how many damned referenda California has.
Catholic hospital owners the Trinity Health Cooperation are sued by the ACLU for failing to provide women in need with medically necessary emergency abortions.
Brant Olson of ClimateTruth.org (who partnered with us on the whole deniers-vs-skeptics thing), is not satisfied with the AP’s adoption of the term “doubters”:
AP editors are right to advise against labeling the anti-science crowd skeptics. But they have done the journalistic world a disservice by giving those who reject mainstream science the “benefit of the doubt” (pun intended). We’re sticking with deniers and we urge accuracy-minded editors to do the same.
Sam Harris interviews Mark Riebling, who has a book on secret machinations within the Catholic Church to remove Hitler during the Second World War.
My local metropolis of Portland, Maine is flooded, and Nessie showed up. She’s a wicked good monstah!
RNS’s Brian Pellot has his religious freedom recap up, full of pope-stuff, Satanists, and stickers.
Saudi Arabia is apparently keeping language about protecting LGBT people out of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Trumped Up is an autobiography of the world’s greatest man. If you ever wanted to know the truth about Donald Trump, you’ve come to the right place, jerk.
The L.A. Times expresses its disappointment with the pope for his get-together with Kim Davis.
Ben Radford interviews John Schuermann, writer and director of an upcoming film about skeptics, believers, and vampires called The Gospel According to Stephenson.
Quote of the Day:
Clickhole‘s sign number 4 you were raised in an atheist household:
When other kids were getting Christmas trees for their birthdays, you inevitably ended up with one of these:
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