The New York Catholic Church Paid Lobbyists $2.1 Million to Block Child Sex-Abuse Law Reform


From 2007 to the end of 2015, the New York Daily News reports, the New York Catholic Conference, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, paid top Albany lobbyists more than $2.1 million to help block legislation, including the Child Victims Act, that would make it easier for victims of child sex abuse to seek justice.
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Christian Rock Singer Stops Believing after Reading Richard Dawkins’ Book | Richard Dawkins Foundation


After reading biologist Richard Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion, Shannon Low decided that he must shed his belief “like a cocoon,” reports the Christian Post. Low is the long-time front man for the Missouri-based band, The Order of Elijah.
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DC police warn proselytizing Christians not to hound atheists at Reason Rally or face arrest


Later this week, an estimated 20,000 “free-thinking” atheists will gather in Washington, D.C. for the Reason Rally. Perhaps predictably, Christian evangelists saw this as a ripe opportunity to try converting them.
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No Man’s Sky: Vastness and Humanism Inhabit a Video Game


“The true value of No Man’s Sky lies in something both incredibly simple and breathtaking. The point of the game is to discover and share knowledge with the other inhabitants of the universe. It’s almost as if the developers took the Enlightenment-era Encycloédie and turned it into a science fiction video game; a true testament to the best qualities and powers of the Information Age.”
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Singapore authorities still gunning for atheist blogger


A further eight charges have been brought against Amos Yee, 17, who was convicted last year for making offensive remarks against Christianity and posting ‘obscene’ images online.
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The Role of Psychotic Disorders in Religious History Considered | areycorneja


Authors: Evan D. Murray, M.D.; Miles G. Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D.; Bruce H. Price, M.D. Citation: The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012;24:410-426.10.1176/appi.neuropsych.11090214   Abstract The authors have analyzed the religious figures Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and St. Paul from a behavioral, neurologic, and neuropsychiatric perspective to determine whether new insights can be achieved about the…
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New Jersey Appeals Court Rejects Bill Giving $11,000,000 in Taxpayer Money to Two Religious Schools


This ruling says taxpayer money must fund secular institutions.
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The Privileged Cruelty of Religious Right Sex Rules


Religious conservatives want an exclusive right to dole out the privilege of sexual pleasure and intimacy on their own terms—and leave a lot of people out.
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Will No Longer Be Speaking at the Reason Rally


The Rally will announce their absence soon.
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The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40 – BBC News


As The Selfish Gene notches up 40 years in print, Richard Dawkins discusses its legacy, the “resuscitation” of software he wrote in the 1980s – and giving up Twitter.
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