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Ten Commandment Statues Are Really Taxpayer Money Grabs

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Within days of the controversial Ten Commandments monument erected on the courthouse grounds in Arkansas, it was destroyed by an irate citizen. Beyond the obvious controversy of the state endorsing a particular flavor of religion, what seems to be going on with municipalities continuing to put up these displays when there's overwhelming evidence they will be rules unconstitutional and taken down?

Filed public documents in the Akansas case make it very clear: This is a thinly-veiled attempt to funnel taxpayer money to select private religious legal groups...

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Atheist Group Writes Their Own 10 Commandments

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[Sociology]
Atheists have written their own version of the ten commandments. These commandments were chosen from submissions to Atheist Mind Humanist Heart’s (AMHH) Re-Think Prize, a crowdsourcing project.

In November Adam Savage announced he would be a judge in the ReThink Project, the host of MythBusters (one of only two, these days), caused a new surge of interest and awareness for the contest. Read on to see the selected 10 Atheist Commandments...

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SCOTUS Sides With Hobby Lobby To Deny Women's Rights

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The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.

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The True History Of Marriage

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[Pundits]
In the wake of various pundits and "news" agencies discussing the sanctity of marriage, Lawrence O'Donnell educates us to the true history of marriage. Has it always been "between a man and a woman?" Not quite...

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Delta Pulls Ads From Daily Show Following Catholic Complaint

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The Daily show calls attention to a "Battle for the War on Women." While multiple states roll back the equal pay and health rights that women have come to enjoy, Fox News relegates the "war on women" to the rank of "phony" political fight. And in the process, one of their bits enrages the Catholic League, (the same guy who claimed victims of child abuse are a bunch of greedy, bigoted whiners), which prompts Delta Airlines to pull their ads from the show.

Jon Stewart's response? "I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance." Check out the offending video...

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Jon Stewart: Our Founding Fathers' War On Christmas?

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[Activists]
Once again, it's that time of the year, where various wingnutty pundits pronounce the evils of a secular "war on Christmas" and how the fabric of their way of life is under constant threat because someone has the audacity to say "holiday" instead of "christmas." Jon Stewart explores this conflict, and investigates what the pilgrims and America's founding founding fathers had to say about it.

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What Mormons "Believe"

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[Humor]
From the 2011 Tony Awards comes a musical number from the "Book of Mormon" musical on Broadway. Ever wonder what a Mormon believes? This is a particularly interesting issue because it's hard for the church to oppose a musical that is, technically accurate yet in its deadpan glory is off-the-hook hilarious... see for yourself!

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Princeton Student's Suicide Note Reveals Tortured Life

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[Bad Parents]
Princeton Graduate student, Bill Zeller's life ended this week, by his own doing. But what marks his departure is probably the most cogent, expressful and poignant suicide note ever written. He wants to make sure this note does not disappear from cyberspace so we've posted it here...

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Make Your Own Flying Spaghetti Monster Holiday Lights

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[Pseudo-Science]
We here at BSA want to get in the holiday spirit too, and what better way than to show off these cool, festive holiday lights... Find out how you can make your own too!



We also have t-shirts for sale with a picture of my FSM hovering over my neighbor's "traditional" lawn. WizeGurl also created a very cool graphic FSM "May the Flying Spaghetti Monster illuminate your solstice" that she's got on shirts and greeting cards. We guarantee that 0% of these proceeds will go anywhere near the state of Kansas! Help support our site if you're interested. Thanks! Enjoy!

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What If Atheists Acted Like Religious People?

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if atheists acted as "fundamentalist" as some religious groups? Ok, probably not, but if you are curious, check out this very amusing video...

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Sam Harris: Science Can Answer Life's Important Questions

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[Psychology]
It's often argued that science can provide a lot of insight into the world, but ultimately cannot answer life's most important questions: What is the meaning of life? What is and isn't moral behavior? What is worth killing or dying for? Sam Harris makes a convincing argument otherwise.

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Pope Continues To Reject Condoms For Africa AIDS Crisis

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Speaking to African bishops at the Vatican, the Pope described HIV/Aids in Africa as a "cruel epidemic".

But he told them: "The traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids."

The only thing more cruel than Africa's AIDS epidemic is a bunch of virgins trying to counsel people on sexuality.

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Nebraska's "Safe Haven" Law Backfires

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[Bad Parents]
Nebraska's safe haven law was intended to allow parents to hand over an infant anonymously to a hospital without being prosecuted, presumably as a way to be "pro life" and discourage abortions.

Unfortunately things didn't work out the way lawmakers planned. Of the 34 children who have been dropped off at hospitals, officials said, not one has been an infant.

All but six have been older than 10, according to a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services analysis. Now lawmakers are rushing to change the law while parents are rushing to Nebraska to drop their kids off before the law changes.

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Backlash Against Mormons Over Prop 8 Looms Large

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[Activists]
After spending more than $20 Million to lobby for the passage of Proposition 8 in California, which retroactively banned gay marriage and nullified 20,000 existing marriages, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as "The Mormons" is catching quite a lot of backlash, from campaigns to revoke the church's tax-exempt status to calls to boycott the entire state of Utah!

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Pope condemns "pagan" love of money, power

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Pope Benedict XVI condemned unbridled “pagan” passion for power, possessions and money as a modern-day plague Saturday as he led more than a quarter of a million Catholics in an outdoor Mass in Paris, before retreating to his private limo, private jet and gold-plated vestments with jewel-encrusted hat, in his monolithic mansion institution where upon he contemplated how best to keep people with AIDS from being able to use condoms.

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McCain Picks Alaskan Governor As Running Mate

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By now, everybody has heard the various rumors... this pro-life, pro-abstinence conservative moral crusader, Sarah Palin is the GOP VP candidate. Who apparently has a 17 year old daughter who is 5 months pregnant out of wedlock, who also has a 4 month old baby with Downs Syndrome she apparently thinks won't mind her diversion as Vice President.

It makes you wonder if the GOP is testing the degree to which they can foist just about any idea upon the populace and make it swim...

Then again, we here at BSAlert think this is an ingenious plan to divert criticism away from John McSame during the election process.

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Richard Dawkins appears on Bill Maher's Show

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[Activists]
Richard Dawkins appears on "Real Time" with Bill Maher - check out the video.

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Church Claims Copyright Infringement Over Insider Handbook

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Move over Scientology.... the Wikimedia Foundation has received a copyright infringement claim from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church or LDS Church, in reference to documents leaked entitled "Copy of handbook for leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints".

The Wikinews article, originally published on April 19, described material in the Church Handbook of Instructions. The work is a two-volume book of policies and is a guide for leaders of the Mormon Church. "...the book is strictly confidential among the Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka LDS in short form) bishops and stake presidents and it reveals the procedure of handling confidential matters related to tithing payment, excommunication, baptism and doctrine teaching (indoctrination)."

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Tony Zirkle: Just How Crazy Are Some GOP?

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[Your 15m]
Tony Zirkle is a Republican candidate for Congress in Indiana. Just what kind of a Congressman will Indiana get if this guy is elected? The kind of guy who celebrates Adolf Hitler's birthday, parties with neo-nazis while shredding old copies of Penthouse and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh he also wants to bring back the guillotine. Praise Jesus!

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Florida Set To Approve Christianity-Promoting License Plate

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Florida lawmakers may approve a new license that includes a cross and the words "I Believe."

Even though Florida now has more than 100 specialized license tags, the Republican-controlled Legislature may soon add one more: a colorful license plate that features the words ''I Believe'' set among a resplendent sunrise and the image of a cross in front of stained-glass window.

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