Former Australian Judge: Government Must Do More To Defend Freedom From Religion

A former member of Australia’s High Court said the Coalition government isn’t doing enough to protect church/state separation.

http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/10/15/former-australian-judge-government-must-do-more-to-defend-freedom-from-religion/

Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

At age sixteen I began what would be a four-year struggle with bulimia.  When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my Bible study leader and a visiting youth minister.  “If you ask anything in faith, believing,” they said.  “It will be done.” I knew they were quoting the Word of God. We prayed together, and I went home confident that God had heard…

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/religious-trauma-syndrome-organized-religion-leads-mental-health-problems/

Christian pharmacist refused to fill prescription for woman who was having a miscarriage: lawsuit

A complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is alleging that a pharmacist employed by chain store Meijer refused to fill a prescription on religious grounds for a woman who was undergoing a miscarriage. The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan resident Rachel Peterson went to the emergency room this past June and learned that she had already miscarried one of the twins she was pregnant with — and was told that the…

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/christian-pharmacist-refused-fill-prescription-woman-miscarriage-lawsuit/

The comeuppance for Evangelicals who sold their souls to Trump is coming

“Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/comeuppance-evangelicals-sold-souls-trump-coming/

Justice department opens investigation into Catholic church in Pennsylvania | US news | The Guardian

DoJ served subpoenas last week following report that found 301 ‘predator priests’ molested over 1,000 children in the state

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/18/catholic-church-abuse-scandal-pennsylvania-investigation-doj

A Catholic exorcist will battle a witches’ hex against Kavanaugh — Quartz

Brooklyn witches plan to hex Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday. Catholic exorcists: Hold my holy water.

https://qz.com/1430069/a-catholic-exorcist-will-battle-a-witches-hex-against-kavanaugh/

Catholic Bishop: Secularism And Birth Control Is To Blame For Pedophile Priests

Bishop Thomas Paprocki joined other church leaders in blaming secular culture and birth control for church sexual abuse.

https://mavenroundtable.io/theintellectualist/atheism-secularism/catholic-bishop-secularism-and-birth-control-is-to-blame-for-pedophile-priests-EGca6vPqGk-s2pAp04-x1g/

Changing Public Attitudes Toward Atheists

If atheists in the U.S. want to increase our political influence, improving voter turnout and changing public attitudes toward atheism should be among our goals.

https://www.atheistrev.com/2018/10/changing-public-attitudes-toward.html

Broadway Star Patti LuPone Says Christian Right ‘No Different’ from al-Qaeda: ‘Someone Needs to Say It’

Patti Lupone has won two Tony awards and is legendary on Broadway as well as the London stage. And it was from London where last week she told The Guardian that

https://www.mediaite.com/print/broadway-star-patti-lupone-says-christian-right-no-different-from-al-qaeda-someone-needs-to-say-it/

Here are 6 ways religion does more bad than good

Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is harmful to society. For that we can probably thank the internet, which broadcasts everything from Isis beheadings, to stories about Catholic hospitals denying care to miscarrying women, to lists of wild and weird religious beliefs, to articles about psychological harms…

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/6-ways-religion-bad-good/