In case you needed more evidence that Catholic school students are often kinder, more decent people than Church officials, just look at what happened at Eastside Catholic High School (in Seattle, Washington) today.
On Tuesday, Assistant Principal Mark Zmuda
was forced to resign from his position after school officials confronted him about his sexual orientation and summer wedding
. Tomorrow will be his last day at school thanks to the "loving," "grace-filled" nature of the Catholic Church.
But the students at the school weren't taking that decision lightly. Today, they staged protests online
, on Twitter
, in the cafeteria
, and outside the school
Seriously, atheists, I don't know which one of you did this, but it looks like you did this and it's unacceptable.
Yesterday, we learned about an anonymous note sent to a family telling them they should reconsider their "flagrant display" of Christian beliefs
... because there was a Nativity scene on their front lawn. (Which, I should point out, is perfectly legal and fine.)
Now, Paul Cox
of the Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists and Nonbelievers posted on the group's Facebook page
images of signs that appeared in front of (and across the street from) his Christian father's front-lawn display:
You knew there would be problems when Oklahoma state officials approved a Ten Commandments monument outside the building in 2012.
Two weeks ago, the Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument
to be placed in the same area.
A week later, a Hindu group followed
, saying they wanted to donate a monument of Lord Hanuman:
You *know* more applications were in the pipelines, too -- I mean, atheists hadn't even offered anything yet! -- which must be why the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission voted unanimously today to declare
a moratorium on monuments
In Finland, members of established religions are taxed about one percent of their income to support faith programs. However, for the past ten years, secularization has been on an unprecedented rise
Since 2003 people have been able to leave the church online, and the number of resignations has risen dramatically. Before that, those doubting their faith had to speak to a priest before they were permitted to leave the church.
So, with believers dwindling and churches getting poorer, this
My friend Benjamin Corey
, a preacher, theologian, and fellow Patheos blogger, has poured a lot of research into making an exhaustive list
of how Christians are being persecuted in present-day America.