The video below, part of The Atheist Voice
series, explains why there's no War on Christmas
(no matter what Bill O'Reilly
wants you to believe):
We'd love to hear your thoughts on the project -- more videos will be posted soon -- and we'd also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!
As I mentioned earlier today
, the Morton Grove Public Library board of trustees
held its monthly board meeting last night and voted 5-2 to reject our donation of over $3,000.
Well, it turns out they videotape their monthly meetings and put them up on YouTube
So we can see for ourselves how the discussion went down. I just watched it and, um, wow
. You gotta see this. The relevant portion begins at the 32:15 mark
Jerry Coyne put it this way
: "New York Times officially opposes stupid rules of Catholic hospitals."
He’s referencing a recent editorial entitled "When Bishops Direct Medical Care
," in which the editorial board takes on the case of Tamesha Means
, on whose behalf the ACLU is filing suit
against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the party they hold "ultimately responsible for the unnecessary trauma and harm" she suffered as a patient in a Michigan hospital.
The United Methodist Church proved once and for all this week that its values are completely out of line when they defrocked a pastor
for performing his son's wedding years ago.
Rev. Frank Schaefer
came under fire earlier this year for officiating his son's Massachusetts wedding
back in 2007 (when same-sex marriages were already legal there). A not-so-kindhearted church member filed a complaint with the church in Pennsylvania, and last month a church jury suspended him for 30 days
. He was told to use the time to reflect on whether he could "uphold the church's Book of Discipline," which doesn't condone homosexuality
or same-sex marriage. If he wasn't up to the task, he'd have to resign.
The choice was clear for Schaefer; he said his belief in equal rights did not justify his resignation from his position. In exchange, he's been defrocked, depriving him of any ecclesiastical status within the church.
The Reverend Zachery Tims
was a troubled young man before he was
"miraculously saved, instantly delivered from drug addiction, and called into ministry,"
according to his megachurch, New Destiny Christian Center
in Apopka, Florida.
When Tims was fourteen, the young hoodlum was convicted of attempted murder and went to juvie for two years. After finding God, though, he eventually came to be idolized by a congregation of more than 7,000 -- and by a broadcast audience of millions via "the largest
African-American religious network in the world."