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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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Fred Phelps' Cult Ordered To Turn Over Financial Records

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The Westboro Baptist Church is being told to hand over its financial data as it fights paying a $5 million court judgment, after picketing a soldier's funeral.

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Huckabee Accused Of Taking Money, To Halt Church Investigations?

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Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee reached out to a questionable funding source this week — Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland, one of the targets of a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the funding and governance of "prosperity gospel" ministries.

At Copeland’s annual by-invitation-only Minister's Conference at his Newark, Texas, headquarters Jan. 23, Copeland received a call during the meeting from Huckabee requesting emergency financing. According Doug Wead, former Bush family evangelical adviser, Copeland and his supporters at the conference raised $111,000 in cash for Huckabee, with about a million dollars in pledged donations, after he temporarily adjourned the conference and then reconvened the group as a "private meeting."

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Rotten Potato Reveals Jesus' Image

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Pastor Renee Brewster and her husband Bishop Winston Brewster are a very spiritual couple. But the site of their savior in a potato has reinvigorated their faith and their desire to help others.

“That’s Jesus on the Cross. Just looking at it I don't have to convince,” said Renee.

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Congress Set To Turn Founding Fathers Into "Christians"

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Republican congressman Randy Forbes, backed by thirty-one other Representatives is pushing for HR888, A resolution to turn the founding fathers from deists into Christian fundamentalists and rewrite history to claim the U.S. is officially a Christian nation.

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What if Mike Huckabee Were A Fundamentalist Hindu?

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This is just too funny to not post:


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73 Year Old Pastor Says 4 Year Old Girl Sexually Harassed Him

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[Sex]
Retired Canadian pastor, Kenneth R. Cooke from Christian Missionary Alliance church, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl. Cooke inflamed the judge during sentencing by claiming the four-year-old acted sexually provocative toward him.

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Mike Huckabee Gets All-Important Chuck Norris Endorsement

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I bet you didn't know this, but Chuck Norris is apparently a big fan of creationist presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, and Norris himself has gone on record against separation of church and state. Check out the videos.

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Ron Paul: Separation Of Church and State = War On Religion

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In the midst of Ron Paul mania, much of what this guy stands for seems to have been swept by the wayside if it doesn't fit into the idealistic agenda promoted by his online army. Well, let's hear the man's own words on an important issue such as the separation of church and state which Ron Paul considers to be "a war on religion" and not a Constitutional ideal...

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A Gay Prostitute, Lady's Lingerie, and a State Rep- Oh My!

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Many homosexual people feel that in order to avoid persecution by "normal" people they have to hide what they are, that they have to "stay in the closet." How pissed would you be if one of the people that kept you there had sex with a gay prostitute? In women's underwear?

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Daniel Dennett: Ants, Terrorism, and the Awesome Power of Memes

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[Sociology]
Here's one of those talks that can change your view of the world forever. Starting with the deceptively simple story of an ant, Dan Dennett unleashes a dazzling sequence of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of "memes" -- a term coined by Richard Dawkins for mental concepts that are literally alive and capable of spreading from brain to brain. On the way, look out for:
+ a powerful one-sentence secret of happiness
+ a compelling insight into terrorists' motivation
+ a chilling view of Islam
And just when you think you know where the talk's heading, it dramatically shifts direction and questions some of western culture's fundamental assumptions. This. Is. Unmissable.

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Richard Dawkins' The Root of all Evil?

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[Sociology]
Richard Dawkins steps away from his more traditional role as evolutionary biologist and talks more about the obsolete role religion has in society. Here's a show that was produced and aired in the UK that US network television would never have have the balls to air. Check it out. The extended DVD of this show has just recently been released.

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How To Make $100k When Your Senator Is Caught With A Prostitute

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[Get-Rich-Quick]
Meet Gene Mills, head of the Louisiana Family Forum, a fundamentalist Christian activist group that is seeking "to develop a plan to promote better science education." Their plan basically involves introducing creationism and discrediting evolution and normal scientific principals.

In addition to promoting good, strong Christian values, the Louisiana Family Forum also is in the business of defending Senator David Vitter in the scandal over his use of prostitutes in both D.C. and LA. And what's the reward? David Vitter sneaks an earmark into the US Farm Bill funneling a hundred thousand dollars to the Louisiana Family Forum.

Hello? FBI? Anyone paying attention?

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Kathy Griffin's Emmy Award Speech Censored

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[Vanity]
"Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday. In her speech, Griffin said that "“a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

Update: Instead of helping feed the poor or provide some other valued service, a christian group in Tennesse, the Miracle Theater group spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming "enough is enough." in response to Kathy Griffin's acceptance speech.

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Church Group Launches "Prayer Assault" Over IRS Investigation

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Yesterday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., for a potential violation of federal tax law barring electioneering by non-profit groups. Dr. Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the church, issued a press release on church letterhead endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and subsequently offered the endorsement on a church-affiliated radio show.

Instead of responding to Americans United’s concern of illegal activity, Drake issued yesterday afternoon a plea to his supporters to join in “imprecatory prayers” (curses) every morning for Americans United and its staff.

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Fallwell In Hell: A Most Irreverent Web Comic Book

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[Humor]
"As far as we can tell, this isn't exactly 'hell' in a classical sense, but more likely a place created by the powerful forces of irony released when Jerry Fallwell died of his own gluttony..."

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Atheists In Small Towns.. At What Price?

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What happens when an atheist family moves into a small Oklahoma town? Check out this video segment.

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Jesus Won't Come Unless We Attack Iran By 2008

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In what's apparently too freaky to believe, Christian evangelist Michael D. Evans has been appearing on cable news networks claiming that Iran must be attacked prior to 2008 in order to bring about the "end times." Yes. Major news networks are giving this guy air time and he looks to have a lot of powerful supporters.

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Who Knew? Republican Mitt Romney Is Satan.

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Florida evangelist Bill Keller says he was making a spiritual, not political, statement when he warned the 2.4 million subscribers to his Internet prayer ministry that "if you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!"

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Museum Won't Make A Monkey Out Of Your Ancestors

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[Pseudo-Science]
A new and exciting museum has just opened in Northern Kentucky. For those of you who think that dinosaurs and humans once frolicked together 6,000 years ago and that evolutionary scientists are full of Satan's lies then you've GOT to check it out. It's the Creation Museum, and it'll give you that warm and fuzzy Old Testament feeling!

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Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, and Bomb-Making 101

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You might think that since Jerry Falwell has shuffled off his pudgy mortal coil and gone to wherever people like him go when they die (I picture the eternal equivalent of Newark, New Jersey at rush hour) that he can no longer cause any more harm. But of course you'd be wrong (it'd be a much shorter article, and perhaps a better world, if that were true). At the funeral a small number of protesters had gathered to signal their disgust with the likes of Falwell, which didn't sit too well with some of his students at Liberty University (sic), so they staged a counter-protest. But that didn't go quite far enough for one young man.

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How To Keep Jehovah's Witnesses From Ever Bothering You

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[Activists]
Are you bothered by evangelizing JWs who keep coming to your door? Here's a peaceful and non-hostile way to get your address on their not knock list, and never be bothered by them again. Telling them that you're a Christian already, or a Mormon, a Jew, or even a Satanist doesn't work. They get fired up with the holy zeal of conversion.

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Dr. Laura's Son Accused Of Offensive Myspace Page

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[Bad Parents]
The soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor Laura Schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal Web page that one Army official has called "repulsive."

The MySpace page, publicly available until Friday when it disappeared from the Internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture, and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned "My Sweet Little Habib;" accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.

The site is credited to and includes many photographs of Deryk Schlessinger, the 21-year-old son of the talk radio personality known simply as Dr. Laura.

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State Representative Has Speculum, Will Travel (To Jail)

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Hypocrisy is a word that gets thrown around A LOT these days, mostly in political circles. But how would one define hypocrisy? Sure, I could look it up in a dictionary but that takes too long and could potentially involve paper cuts. Let us instead cast about for examples in modern life. Take, for example, a man who strongly believes (and says it loudly) that those who sit on the far right of the political spectrum have the strongest moral fiber, the best values. No, THIS is not hypocrisy (merely delusion)--what IS hypocrisy is to do so while doing what he's being charged with doing to little girls.

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Jerry Falwell Is Dead

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[Beating Dead Horses]
This morning Jerry Falwell was discovered slumped over in his office and later pronounced dead.

Here at BSA we're compelled to offer some insight into this man's contribution to society and humanity...

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Bill O'Reilly Interviews Richard Dawkins

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One thing you might not ever expect: Noted atheist Professor Richard Dawkins goes on Bill O'Reilly's show. Catch the video here.

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Peanut Butter Proves God Created Life?

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[Pseudo-Science]
Did you know that a jar of peanut butter holds the key to demonstrating the "fact" that creation is real and evolution is phony? Check out this amusing video from Christian anti-science proponent, Chuck Missler.

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Americans Can't Handle The Truth, So Pick Up Your Bibles Instead

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[News Media]
We reported on these types of shenanigans in Newsweek before. This time, Time Magazine shows the rest of the world one thing, and America something different.

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CNN Panel Makes Egregious Omission

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[Pundits]
Let's say you're a major American news organization. You bend over backwards to make yourself "the most trusted name in news" or something like that. And maybe, during a news show, you do a story on discrimination against a minority group. This is serious stuff--people being harassed, forced to leave town, their jobs threatened--all because they don't fit into the majority group.

After a few quotes from the oppressed minority, you have a panel on to discuss the alleged discrimination. Who do you have on the panel? Some civil rights organization, perhaps? A professor who studies marginalized groups? You'd probably want a representative of the minority group, right? And this being a fair representation of a controversial issue, of course you'd have one person to represent those who don't see discrimination in these cases.

Unless you're CNN. And the minority is the most hated one in America. (No, not Islamic terrorists. They're all hunky-dory by comparison.)

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Anti-Gay Group Proposes New Marriage Law

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[Activists]
A new initiative is turning heads around Washington as the gay-marriage debate heats up again. It would allow only couples capable of having kids to marry, and that they file "proof of procreation" within three years of the marriage. If not, the marriage would be annulled.

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Virgin Mary Discovered... On Ice

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Owners of the Morton Thrifty Foods in Morton, Texas say this ice formation resembles the Virgin Mary.

Alma Avalos, a story employee, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal she discovered the formation in late December.

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Wash. Area Schools Prohibit Showing Of "An Inconvenient Truth"

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After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the Al Gore film "An Inconvenient Truth" which showcases a plethora of evidence on global warming.

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