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Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

SUDAN Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion. NIGERIA Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.” UK Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop... »

Are Religious People Victims?

Are Religious People Victims?

This is a guest post by Tony Lakey. Tony is a queer atheist, a social justice and interfaith activist, and an alleged Faitheist. A contributor to Columbia Faith and Values, he studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also ran a secular student group. He tweets at @tonylakey. Last week, American Atheists posted an image with a quote from Dave Silverman: “I... »

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

NIGERIA The Nigerian man committed to a hospital psychiatric ward because he did not believe in god has been was released because of a doctors’ strike which has seen many patients discharged. UK The BBC Trust published a progress report about the corporation’s science coverage, which was criticized in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. BBC journal... »

A Superfluous (and Late!) Hobby Lobby Post

A Superfluous (and Late!) Hobby Lobby Post

I’m trying desperately to purge my life of legal analysis, but the glob damn Supreme Court just keeps pulling me back in. Jamie wrote a very good summery of what happened, but I didn’t spend three years in law school for nothing! I’d like to try to explain exactly how, in my opinion, this case went off the rails. I read Burwell v. Hobby Lobby expecting (hoping?) to have my head f... »

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Some Questions about the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision Explained

Yesterday when the SCOTUS decision came down siding with Hobby Lobby in their case to be allowed to opt-out of the ACA contraception mandate based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, I was just as dumbfounded as the rest of you. Like others, I worried about the breadth of the decision. Does this mean that any corporation could opt-out of any law, provided they have a religious belief to bac... »

Did Luis Suarez’s Biting Break His Fast?: A World Cup / Ramadan Update

Did Luis Suarez’s Biting Break His Fast?: A World Cup / Ramadan Update

It’s a World Cup Ramadan, the first one since the 1980s. It’s like a White Christmas? Kind of? Except Ramadan is more like Lent than Christmas. Never mind. Today marks the third day of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. This weekend, concerns over the Muslim World Cup players made their way across the internets. I happened across posts of the Vox and Mashable links and observed muc... »

Hobby Lobby Wins SCOTUS Approval to Take Away Women’s Health Care

Hobby Lobby Wins SCOTUS Approval to Take Away Women’s Health Care

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that the Christian owned craft store, Hobby Lobby has the right to deny contraception and related women’s reproductive health care coverage to its employes based on it’s religious beliefs. That’s right, forget crafting, Hobby Lobby believes that God wants all women to be baby makers regardless of whether or not that choice might kill them. Th... »

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

IRAN The Iranian government arrested two 23-year-olds for appearing in a music video singing and dancing in support of the Iranian soccer team in the World Cup. SUDAN Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman freed from death row was detained at the airport for allegedly trying to leave the country with fake documents. She’s now been freed again. JAPAN (From Angelina) Some language schools in Japan are f... »

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