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Jessica Steinhauser, aka Asia Lemmon, aka Asia Carrera, is a member of Mensa with an IQ of 156, a mom, a Utahan, a former porn star, and now an out and proud Pastafarian with a colander on her head. I think we’ve found our new leader.
Pope Francis disses physician-assisted suicide and its “false sense of compassion,” which he also compares to abortion. Meanwhile, HuffPo publishes CFI president Ron Lindsay’s article on the connection between public acceptance of physician-assisted suicide and same-sex marriage. Take that, Pope Fluffy!
CFI’s Michael De Dora, current president of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief will moderate a panel discussion on the economic benefits of religious freedom on December 10.
A Republican U.S. Senator, John Thune (the hunky one), acknowledges that humans might be at least partly responsible for climate change, and the sad thing is that this is a big deal.
American Atheists’ public relations director comes out, with an article at Friendly Atheist, as a transgender woman. Congratulations, Danielle Muscato.
Amanda Marcotte explains the six types of atheists that have been parsed out by research at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This summer, the lead researcher, Chris Silver, gave a presentation on this topic at CFI HQ, and you can watch the video here.
Mona Eltahawy on the problem of female genital mutilation in the Muslim world, particularly Egypt:
We need nothing short of a recognition that ending female genital mutilation is part of the “social justice and human dignity” revolution that we began in Egypt in January 2011.
Priests for Life (which employs non-priests) will openly defy a court order regarding its compliance with the contraceptive mandate because mailing in a form exempting themselves makes Jesus cry.
McGraw-Hill nixes passages from a proposed Texas science textbook that implies denial of the reality of climate change.
Aliens use mind control to force a man to take a crappy picture of their spaceship. “It was like magnetic pull – a lunar pull.” I bet it was.
That washed-out side of a tree is obviously a manifestation of Jesus. Or Mary. Obviously.
Orange County schools in Florida have had enough with the atheists and Satanists taking advantage of their “open forum” and now forbid any religious material from being passed out.
GPS satellites might make it possible to detect dark matter. Wait, what?
Quote of the Day
The narrator in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is stuck hiding from Martians with a less-than-brave member of the clergy, and at one point can’t take his blubbering anymore:
You are scared out of your wits! What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men! Did you think God had exempted Weybridge? He is not an insurance agent.
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