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In Kentucky, a Year in Prison for Atheism

A Kentucky law requires residents and government officials to affirm the existence of an almighty, protective God via a series of plaques installed outside the state Homeland Security building, with a penalty of up to 12 months in prison for failure to comply.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE


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The European Adventures of a Christian Right Leader and His ‘Rent Boy’

This is the story of George Rekers, a Baptist minister and prominent anti-gay activist who recently took a European sojourn with a young man who said, on his Rentboy.com profile, that he’s “up for anything.” Well, how about a trip to London and Madrid with a card-carrying member of the Christian right?

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Haiti Frees American Missionary Held in Kidnapping Case

On Monday, Haitian officials freed Charisa Coulter, a Baptist missionary from the U.S. who was held on kidnapping charges following January’s catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. One other American from Coulter’s group remains in custody in the island nation’s capital, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Kenneth Starr’s New Gig

Remember Kenneth Starr? You can bet anyone associated even peripherally with Bill Clinton’s administration does. Starr, former United States solicitor general and the major driving force behind the public exposure and investigation of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, is leaving his position as dean at Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu to be president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


10 Americans Charged With Abduction in Haiti

Disasters evoke a whole range of human qualities, from the charitable to the predatory and beyond. Thus it’s not surprising, although it is upsetting, that a group of Americans was charged Thursday with abduction and criminal association after attempting to usher 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic last week even though many were not actually orphans.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Baptist Do-Gooders in Trouble in Haiti

Call it vigilante relief work or kidnapping, 10 American Baptists are in jail in Port-au-Prince after attempting to take 33 children out of Haiti in what they claim was an effort to “do the right thing.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Lawmaker: Atheism ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis’ heated public exchange last Wednesday with atheist activist Rob Sherman over the allocation of $1 million in state funds to repair a church is still going on—fortunately for Sherman, perhaps not so much for Davis—on the Internet, at least. 

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Huckabee’s Sermons Off Limits

The Huckabee campaign has refused to give the media much more than scraps of the candidate’s religious speeches, leaving his 12 years as a pastor relatively shrouded in mystery. We already know he doesn’t believe in evolution, thought at one time that AIDS patients should be quarantined and isn’t ashamed “to let you know that I believe Adam and Eve were real people,” so what is he hiding?

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Southern Religion Makes Us Fat, Says Study

Protestants in general, and Baptists in particular, are much heavier on the whole than their American counterparts in other religions, a Purdue sociology professor has found. Prime example: Jerry Falwell (above). One possible reason: Baptists are denied so many vices, food is “one of the few available sources of earthly pleasures,” says the professor.

Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE


Among Evangelicals, a Kinship With Jews

Jewish groups are skeptical about motives behind the embrace of Christian fundamentalists | more

Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


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