Mississippi passes Arizona-style religious freedom bill


Scientology: how L Ron Hubbard's heir became his fiercest critic - Telegraph


“When it comes to self-reporting religious devotion Americans cannot be trusted. We under-estimate our calories, over-state our height, under-report our weight and when it comes to piety—we lie like a prayer rug.”

Tina Dupuy, American columnist on latest religious-affiliation survey
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“The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”

Brian Cox, musician, physicist, and freethinker 
“While it is important that pupils be taught about religion - all religion - and, if their parents prefer it, instruction in it, there is no room in class for proselytising. Pupils are there to learn, not to be converted.”

Editorial, Melbourne Age

Gove urged to strip 'creationist' zoo of educational award - Education - TES News


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UpworthyScientology has a history of silencing critics. If you want to know where that history comes from, look no further than the experiences of Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Learn his family’s story. Then share it.

At 1:46, we learn about L. Ron’s dream to con everyone. At 3:40, we hear about the horrifying threats. At 5:42, the church takes the family secrets. At 7:00, I laugh.

Tony Perkins: Ruling on Clergy Tax Deductions 'Attack' on Religion



Reddit user Dtooth0 posted the above photo on the site’s “WTF” thread Tuesday morning, with a caption explaining the picture was of a third-grade lesson on gravity. While the first several questions of the lesson are fairly straightforward, the last few questions clearly have a religious agenda.
In one such part of the lesson, students are told that “people who do not believe in God” cannot explain gravity.
The post had more than 3,500 comments by Tuesday afternoon. Commenters questioned whether the photo was real, and Dtooth0 explained the lesson was given to his daughter at a private religious school in Florida. When pressed for details, he declined to provide the name of the school for privacy reasons.
“The school is in Florida and is accredited. I noticed that the lesson held a copyright from an instate Christian University,” Dtooth0 said in the comments. “I so wish it were fake.”

If indeed real, the lesson is reminiscent of fourth-grade quiz that went viral last year. The quiz, from Blue Ridge Christian Academy in South Carolina, was peppered with creationist teachings, including the notion that God created dinosaurs. The school has since been shut down for financial reasons.

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Reddit user Dtooth0 posted the above photo on the site’s “WTF” thread Tuesday morning, with a caption explaining the picture was of a third-grade lesson on gravity. While the first several questions of the lesson are fairly straightforward, the last few questions clearly have a religious agenda.

In one such part of the lesson, students are told that “people who do not believe in God” cannot explain gravity.

The post had more than 3,500 comments by Tuesday afternoon. Commenters questioned whether the photo was real, and Dtooth0 explained the lesson was given to his daughter at a private religious school in Florida. When pressed for details, he declined to provide the name of the school for privacy reasons.

“The school is in Florida and is accredited. I noticed that the lesson held a copyright from an instate Christian University,” Dtooth0 said in the comments. “I so wish it were fake.”

If indeed real, the lesson is reminiscent of fourth-grade quiz that went viral last year. The quiz, from Blue Ridge Christian Academy in South Carolina, was peppered with creationist teachings, including the notion that God created dinosaurs. The school has since been shut down for financial reasons.

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Faith schools blasted on admissions


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"It reveals that they not only further segregate children on religious and ethnic grounds, but also are skewed towards serving the affluent at the expense of the deprived.

"Crucially, the research also shows that the more a school is permitted to select children by faith, the greater the extent to which it is likely to socio-economically segregate.

"The data poses some very awkward questions for the state-funded faith school sector, especially as many people of faith are appalled that schools that should focus on the poor have become so elitist."

Egyptian Fatwa: Women who swim in the ocean guilty of adultery


Thanks to visualdata-dot-net for grabbing the source for me.

My reaction is still ‘WTF’ because seriously, what the actual fuck

- M

New analysis shows very few people in England engage in religious activity


Interesting read. Also, not terribly surprising.