Dan Arel

Egads! Ben Carson for Dept of Education?

President-elect Donald Trump is beginning to form his transition committee and create shortlists for the various cabinet positions awaiting his administration in January. One of the most threatening to the future of this country is his choice to short-list creationist Ben Carson for the job of Secretary of Education.

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Many Americans Exaggerate How Often They Attend Church

Atheism and non-belief are growing rapidly in America, however, it is still considered one of the most religious countries in the world. Yet, saying you’re religious and being religious are two separate things and a recent study by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) suggests that many Americans greatly exaggerate how often they attend religious services.

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This Week in Religion: Huckabee Claims God Blessed Him, and Mormons Back LGBT Rights

No one has had a busier week than former Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who got a direct blessing from God to run for president so that he could fight off the “secular theocracy” atheists with no political power are imposing upon the American people.

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This Week in Religion: Pope Francis Tells His Flock to Stop Breeding Like Rabbits

Pope Francis remains as busy as ever. This week he announced it was time for his flock to stop the rapid-fire procreation Catholics are known for. During a news conference the Pope said, “Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits — but no.” He added that the Church should instead be promoting “responsible parenthood.”

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This Week in Religion: Christians Continue Their Assault on LGBT Community

If you’ve ever pondered the best method for converting teenagers to your way of thinking, you probably haven't put physical abuse on top of your list. Yet that is exactly what Pastor Eric Dammann says he did to a teen boy outside his church’s youth group this week for being a “smart aleck."

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The Past Week in Religion: God Pronounced Owner of an Alabama City

It may be well past Christmas by now, but according to television evangelist and 700 Club host Pat Robertson, it can still be used as a viable excuse to beat your children.

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This Week in Religion: Bristol Palin Decries Separation of Church and State

A week doesn’t go by without Sarah Palin saying something shockingly stupid about the U.S. government. This week we learned that the apple does not fall far from the tree, when Palin’s daughter Bristol decried the separation of church and state in her blog.

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This Week in Religion: For-Profit Ark Park Sues Kentucky For Right to Discriminate

Only a few weeks after permission was granted to display a Satanic holiday display at the Florida capitol building, a woman wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Catholic Warrior” tore it down.

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This Week in Religion: Right-Wing Evangelists Eagerly Condone Torture

700 Club host Pat Robertson gave the Republican Party an early Christmas present this week: he has found the replacement for Obamacare they have been looking for. Robertson was asked by a viewer if he thought it would be all right if he decided to stop seeking medical attention, instead making a covenant with God to be his physician. 

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This Week in Religion: Kentucky Govt Finally Cuts Off Subsidies to Noah's Ark Museum

This has not been the best of weeks for Ken Ham, the president of Answers in Genesis, a Creationist apologist ministry which operates the Creation Museum. It seems Ham’s recent undertaking, building a Noah’s Ark theme park, is not quite going his way.

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