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Pope puts St. Peter's relics on display, reviving scientific debate

Science News<p>VATICAN CITY — The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope.<p>The nine pieces of bone sat nestled …

Americans’ new Thanksgiving tradition: watching TV all day long

Thanksgiving is a day when more than 100 million Americans will observe the most honored of traditions: gathering with family and friends to watch as many as 15 hours straight of TV.<p>More than any other major American holiday, Thanksgiving has become a TV-centric day, where people seem to spend far …

Man Decorates House With 502,165 Holiday Lights, Shatters World Record

And, boy, is the Gay family of LaGrangeville, New York gonna be pissed.<p>More than 29 miles of wire. More than 500,000 lights. More than 70,000 visitors. Move over, Clark Griswold: You have nothing on David Richards, the Australian lawyer who has just broken the Guinness World Record for the most …

“Bible-based” discipline has led to child abuse

<b>(Shutterstock.com/Suzanne Tucker)</b><p>Authoritarian parenting and abusive practices are all too common in some Evangelical households<p>Valerie Tarico<p>September 26, 2013 3:11pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>In 2008, Hana Williams was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia and brought to …

Why are so many Christians so un-Christian?

<b>(Twin Design via Shutterstock)</b><p>Many right-wing Christians vilify the poor, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus. Why the hypocrisy?<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>September 27, 2013 2:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>In an age where your average Republican politician is thumping …

Bill O’Reilly wrote about Jesus because God told him to

The political commentator wrote “Killing Jesus” because of ideas he received in his sleep<p>Prachi Gupta<p>September 26, 2013 10:22pm (UTC)<p>Verbal flagellator and dubious historian Bill O'Reilly has revealed the true inspiration behind his upcoming history book, "Killing Jesus": God.<p>In a forthcoming …

Court rejects bid by Jehovah's Witness to refuse blood: 'His life has been cocooned in that faith'

An Australian teenager Friday lost his court battle to refuse life-saving medical treatment because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, with a court upholding …

Mark Twain hated God

<b>(AP)</b><p>Exclusive: Great American humorist also had ideas for how to improve tech support, in this excerpt from his memoir<p>Mark Twain<p>September 29, 2013 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Extracted from “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2″<p><i>Tuesday, June 19, 1906</i><p><b>About the character of God, as represented in the New and the Old</b> …

Pat Robertson to elderly woman: Your husband is sick because you aren’t giving enough money to your church

<b>(YouTube)</b><p>Pat Robertson is full of really good advice<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 4, 2013 6:16pm (UTC)<p>Pat Robertson, medical expert and internationally renowned financial adviser, recently shared his wisdom with an elderly "700 Club" viewer who is in such financial dire straits that she has to choose …

Pat Robertson: Low-carb diet a violation of God’s laws

<b>(YouTube)</b><p>It was loaves and fishes that fed the multitudes — not fishes and more fishes, people<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 7, 2013 7:48pm (UTC)<p>Pat Robertson would like you to start eating bread again. So, please, for the love of God (and God's laws), start eating bread again.<p>h/t Right Wing Watch<p>Katie …

Right-wing pastor: Girl Scouts are wicked and their cookies promote lesbianism

<b>( Pavel L Photo and Video via Shutterstock)</b><p>“Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies,” Kevin Swanson pleads<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 21, 2013 7:44pm (UTC)<p>Girl Scout cookie season is still a few months away, but pastor and right-wing activist Kevin Swanson is already worked up about the …

Study: Religious more likely to lie for financial gain

<b>Christopher Hitchens (AP/Chad Rachman)</b><p>New research suggests people with certain personality traits are more prone to dishonesty<p>Tom Jacobs<p>October 22, 2013 5:12pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>“Everybody lies” was the mantra of Gregory House, the curmudgeonly physician so …

Does the Bible sanction child abuse?

<b>(Twin Design via Shutterstock)</b><p>Modern Christians like to depict children as the little lambs of Jesus. Scripture offers a darker story<p>Valerie Tarico<p>October 23, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Christian fundamentalists often are as keen to promote the rights of parents …

Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas

<b>Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler (AP)</b><p>And that’s not the only whopper students are being taught as history in some Texas charter schools<p>Jonny Scaramanga<p>October 25, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>When Joshua Bass, an engineer, sent his son to iSchool High, a Houston charter school, he was expecting a solid college …

Christians refuse to tip waiter because 'homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God'

A group of customers refused to tip their 20-year-old server at a Carraba’s Italian restaurant in Overland Park, KS on the grounds that his …

Dr. Chaps: Gays will force you to let them have sex in your house

Former Navy chaplain turned anti-LGBT crusader Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt sent an email to his supporters attacking the Employee …

Hermain Cain claims sex harassment charges were sent from the Devil

Erstwhile Republican candidate for president Herman Cain claims that allegations of sexual harassment that torpedoed his campaign in 2012 were the …

How Religion Helps Men Evade Personal Responsibility

I posted at XX Factor about this website where women set out to shame “homewreckers”, i.e. women who slept with or even “stole” boyfriends or …

Pesky pro-choice women responsible for global warming, rel. rt. says

The good news: Global warming is real. The bad news: It’s the fault of those darn feminists.<p>You see, climate change is God’s wrath on mankind, we …

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10 things conservative Christians got horribly wrong

<b>(AP)</b><p>Evangelicals and their ilk have used God to justify everything from Prohibition and segregation to slavery<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 9, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When Christians get political, they often do so because they believe that they have God on their …

Maher: U.S. Christians have traded Christ's values for philosophy of 'F*ck off and die'

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher asked when Christians in this country swapped Christ’s message of love and tolerance for …

Ted Cruz's Dad Declares God Is Pro Death Penalty

Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of shutdown dramatist Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), served up a stemwinder this week, laying out God’s positions on the death penalty, guns in schools, gay marriage, communism and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), all in an impassioned 45 minutes.<p>The …

Beck 'historian' David Barton: Bible will 'get rid of' PTSD if soldiers are God's warriors

A spokesperson from the Southern Baptist Convention lashed out at a so-called “historian” who radio host Glenn Beck hired to teach at his online …

US Methodist church convicts minister for officiating at son's gay wedding

A Pennsylvania minister convicted under United Methodist church law of performing his son's same-sex wedding ceremony could learn on Tuesday if he will be defrocked.<p>A jury of his pastoral peers convicted the Rev Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows by officiating at the 2007 ceremony in …

Horrors of India's brothels documented

<b>British photojournalist Hazel Thompson has spent the last decade documenting the lives of girls trafficked into India's thriving sex industry. She spoke to Atish Patel about her experiences.</b><p>Guddi was only 11 years old when her family was persuaded by a neighbour to send her to the city of Mumbai …