Tennessee Repeals Protections For Faith Healing Parents


Secular victory: Tennessee will now prosecute faith healing parents who damage or kill their children by choosing prayer over modern medicine.
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Art or sacrilege? Rutgers removes controversial dartboard Jesus art exhibit | NJ.com


Rutgers officials removed the controversial art piece from the Art Library in New Brunswick Thursday.
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Church and state collide in Puerto Rico • Ateístas de Puerto Rico


That’s how the the Secretary of the Treasury of Puerto Rico, Juan Zaragoza, summed up his position after confirmation that the agency will oversee the churches next May. The Secretary said yesterday that the measure is part of the pilot program that began last year with an audit process of more than 40 non-profit organizations.
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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the “Nones” – TheHumanist.com


A new Pew Research Center study released last week that examines the relationship between religion and everyday activities brought out a number of eye-catching headlines, including “Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier” from the Houston Chronicle and “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious” by the Christian Daily. The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those who “pray every day and attend religious services each week”—consider themselves to be “very happy,” compared with 29 percent of less religious adults.
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The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion


As secularism grows, atheists and agnostics are trying to expand and diversify their ranks.
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Foundation continues call for University of Iowa to close prayer rooms


An out-of-state foundation is continuing to call on the University of Iowa to close 2 designated prayer rooms on campus.
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Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Claiming the Teaching of Evolution in Kansas Promotes Atheism


Just because reality contradicts religion doesn’t mean it’s anti-religious.
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Hundreds of Mentally Ill People in Togo End Up in “Prayer Camps,” Naked and Chained and Beaten


If hell existed, it couldn’t be worse than this.
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The Woman Who Took On Popoff: The Hidden Story of Crystal Sanchez, the Peter Popoff Whistleblower – CSI


Peter Popoff says he’s a healer and a prophet of God. His former employee says he’s something quite different.
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Yale Humanists Shine a Light on Humanism


One of the greatest powers of religion is its capacity to uplift people, to grab hold of something deep in the core of humanity and raise it high, as a beacon we can all follow. At their best, religions have an extraordinary capacity to craft stories and symbols which offer a vision of an improved humanity. They light us up.
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