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Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

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[Astronomy]
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

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Christian Boot Camp Officials Drag 15yo Girl Behind Van

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[Mean People]
Arrest warrants have been issued for two officials at a Christian boot camp, Love Demonstrated Ministries, accused of dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run, authorities said.

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, are facing aggravated assault charges for the alleged June 12 incident.

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What Would Jesus Pasteurize? Apparently Not Almonds.

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[Hippies]
What happens when you love Jesus, but also almonds? You, my friend, have a classic moral dilemma.

A recent decision by the Almond Board of California to pasteurize all almonds from the state in order to protect consumers from salmonella has Christian raw foodists up in arms. Apparently some Christians believe Jesus said, "Prepare not your foods with the fire of death...," therefore they don't want any cooked food in their diet.

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ACLU Sues Louisiana Judge Over Jesus

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A small southern Louisiana town is the latest battleground for a classic First Amendment showdown over the separation of church and state, pitting a feisty judge with a painting of Christ in his courthouse against the nation's top civil liberties group.

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Los Angeles Roman Catholics Pay $660M To Settle 508 Abuse Cases

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[Sex]
A California judge approved the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles's agreement to pay $660 million to people who claim they were abused by priests, in the biggest clergy-abuse settlement ever, a plaintiffs' lawyer said.

The accord is intended to resolve 508 claims, some decades old, and avoid a trial that was scheduled to begin today, said Raymond Boucher, a Beverly Hills lawyer who represents 245 plaintiffs.

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Fraternity Sues School For Not Allowing Them To Discriminate

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A Christian fraternity alleging discrimination is taking the University of Florida to court.

Beta Upsilon Chi's lawsuit says the university refuses to recognize it as a registered student group.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Gainesville, school officials told the group it can't be registered because only Christian men are eligible for membership.

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Christians Disrupt Hindu Prayer In Senate

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For the very first time, a Hindu delivered the morning invocation in the Senate chamber — only to find the ceremony disrupted by three Christian right activists. Check out the video.

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Al Sharpton Debates Christopher Hitchens

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[Sociology]
Taking on possibly the greatest issue of our time - the malignant force of religion in the world - Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion through a close and learned reading of the major religious texts, citing numerous historical instances in which sexual repression and outrageous acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. He argues for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Join The New York Public Library as the Reverand Al Sharpton and author Christopher Hitchens debate faith, religion and God.

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Christopher Hitchens "Eulogy" of Jerry Falwell

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[Beating Dead Horses]
Christopher Hitchens appears on Hannity & Colmes and has some undiplomatic comments about Falwell's life, in contrast with the Fox take that Falwell "was one of the most important figures of the last 50 years."

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Atheist Face-Off: Part Two

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On Thursday, ABC showed the first half of the debate on "Does God Exist" between Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron and Brian Sapient & Kelly. We've compiled the video from the second half of the debate. Check it out...

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Atheist Face-Off: National Television Asks, "Does God Exist?"

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[Activists]
It was a warm Saturday night in New York City as a mixed crowd of atheists and Christians converged on Calvary Baptist Church in midtown Manhattan for the first "Nightline Face-Off." And it wasn't long before temperatures began to rise inside the auditorium.

By the way, Pile from BSalert.com worked with Brian, Kelly and the Rational Response Squad in coming up with some of the responses to questions in the debate.

The question for our debate was "Does God Exist?"

In the aftermath, both sides are claiming victory, but did both sides play by the rules? Rational Response Squad responds to the show.

BSA has the video... Read on..

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Fired For Being An Atheist

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[Employment]
An investigator for the Maine Human Rights Commission has found reasonable grounds for a manager's claim that he was fired from his job at DeCoster farms because he's an atheist.

Cacy Cantwell says Austin "Jack" DeCoster told him before he was fired that they might have to "part ways" because Cantwell didn't believe in God.

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Chocolate Jesus: My Sweet Lord

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The Easter season unveiling of an anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, dubbed "My Sweet Lord" by its creator, the 485,460-calorie Messiah has infuriated Catholics preparing to observe some of their holiest days of the year.

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Behold: The Power of Prayer (To Make Things Worse?)

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[Dubious Research]
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.

Researchers emphasized that their work can't address whether God exists or answers prayers made on another's behalf. The study can only look for an effect from prayers offered as part of the research, they said.

They also said they had no explanation for the higher complication rate in patients who knew they were being prayed for, in comparison to patients who only knew it was possible prayers were being said for them.

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For The Dad Who Has Everything: Purity Balls

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[Sex]
It has all the ingredients of a wedding. The proud tuxedo-clad father, the frosted white cake, the limousines and an exchange of vows.

But there is no groom and the girl in the long gown is no bride. She's daddy's little girl, there to take a vow of chastity.

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Violent Scripture Increases Violence

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[Mean People]
So much for the Good Book, it seems...or at least the bloody parts of it.

According to a study done concurrently by Brigham Young University in Utah and Vrije University in the Netherlands, exposure to violent Bible passages (and presumably, similar passages in other holy books) increases aggression in those exposed to it. In particular, religious believers were more willing to commit aggressive acts when they knew the violent passage had come from the Bible.

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Faith Based Initiatives Blow Fed Money On Big Screen TVs

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A contractor getting paid $3,500 a day to oversee faith-based initiatives for needy Ohio families spent some of the federal welfare money on downtown parking, big-screen televisions and a glowing report on the job it was doing, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Former USSR Political Prisoner No Match For Jesus' Friend

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[Mean People]
Police said a motorist beat a former Soviet political prisoner to death with a rock Thursday at a New Jersey highway rest stop after the victim declined to buy his religious CDs.

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Zell Miller: Abortion Is The Reason For Our Troop Shortage

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Former U.S. Senator Zell Miller made a little news this week in Macon when he declared that abortion has contributed to the military's manpower shortage, the Social Security crisis, and the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

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That's Just My Jesuit Baby's Daddy

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An 83-year-old retired Jesuit priest living on Gonzaga University's campus has a couple of problems. According to a lawsuit filed against him, the Jesuit order (also named in the suit) knew that Father James Jacobson "repeatedly violated his vow of celibacy." But that's not where it ends for the dirty old man--that's where his problem STARTS.

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