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Rules for Bible class


Nothing will be on fleek. (via Seanan)

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Revealed for the first time: the seer stone that translated the Book of Mormon

In 1827, an angel directed the Prophet Joseph Smith to a spot in New York, where he found ancient golden plates inscribed with "reformed Egyptian" characters." Being unfamiliar with reformed Egyptian, Smith placed a "seer stone" (that he'd found when he was digging a well for his neighbor) into the bottom of hat and covered his face with the hat, which enabled him to view the words.

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Satanic Temple required protesters to pledge their souls to Satan as condition of entry


The Satanic Temple -- a pair of fun-loving, non-Satan-believing religious freedom activists -- unveiled the statue of Baphomet they plan to put on the Arkansas State Capitol's lawn to complement its existing Christian iconography.

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The “Amen!” Game: 1970s Christian board game, scanned online for you to play

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The “Amen! Game,” a Bible trivia version of Bingo from 1973.

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Church of Cannabis sues Indiana for restricting its religious liberty

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Citing Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Church of Cannabis is suing the state for preventing it from using its religious sacrament of choice. Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin claims that its members (Cannaterians) have sincere, deep religious belief about the spiritual power of cannabis.

The lawsuit states that cannabis brings its members "closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression."

RFRA has created religious exemptions for drug use before: The federal RFRA originated from a case of Native Americans wanting to use peyote for religious ceremonies. Another federal RFRA case allowed a small religious group from Brazil to use a sacramental tea that contained an illegal hallucinogenic substance.

But marijuana, Conkle said, is a different situation because of the potential for recreational users to try to exploit the religious angle.

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Nano Bible no bigger than the tip of a pen

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Israeli researchers created a "Nano Bible," all 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament engraved on a gold-plated silicon disk the size of a sugar grain.

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Satan's merry pranksters

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Remember the fun Satanic Temple that fought to put a statue of Baphomet on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol and held a "pink mass" at the grave of the mother of Wesboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps to turn her "gay in the afterlife?" The New York Times talked to the Satanic Temple's two chief instigators, "Malcolm Jarry" and "Lucien Greaves" (aka Douglas Mesner), about their approach to poignant political pranksterism in the face of conservative Christianity.

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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is annoyed that this Satanist is intelligent

Megyn Kelly was prepared to argue with a moron when she invited the Satanic Temple’s Lucien Greaves on her Fox News program, The Kelly File. It soon dawned on her that Greaves was articulate and intelligent, yet she was unable to deviate from her script and as a result, she ended up looking foolish and had to resort to scolding him that she was lawyer, so her opinion had to be correct.

Greaves was the guy who proposed to erect a statue of Baphomet on the Oklahoma state capitol to “complement and contrast the 10 Commandments [monument on the capitol], reaffirming that we live in a nation that respects plurality, a nation that refuses to allow a single viewpoint to co-opt the power and authority of government institutions.” On Tuesday the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument, and as a result Greaves decided not to erect the Baphomet statue.

Kelly attempted to get Greaves to acknowledge the validity of Attorney General Pruitt’s argument that the Ten Commandments have “historical meaning,” but he parried, saying that he would do so only if she acknowledged that Baphomet had a similar significance. “The image [of Baphomet] goes back to the 19th Century,” he said, “so it’s at least as old as Mormonism.”

We've evolved to disbelieve evolution


Experimental psychologists find that humans prefer explanations for events that have certainty and a sense of purpose over undirected randomness.

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Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus

You heard it here first.

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Watch this great documentary about people who think they are gods

"Those Who Are Jesus" is Steven Eastwood's fascinating 2001 documentary about three people who have true delusions of grandeur based on "profoundly religious or revalatory experiences."

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New York nears settlement with local Muslim leaders over spying lawsuit

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Muslim-Americans protesting NYPD surveillance. Image: Reuters

The NYC government has come to initial settlement terms with Muslims, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, who challenged police surveillance as an unconstitutional and stigmatizing intrusion on their religious rights.

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Truly bizarre and creepy kids’ masks of the Biblical plagues

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“Boils! Cow Plague! Frogs!”

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What's in the Pope's barn-storming environmental message?


There's a lot to love in the Pope's new encyclical on climate, poverty and the environment, and even the terrible stuff is de-emphasized.

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Owner of "Relentlessly Gay" yard raising money to make yard MOAR GHEY



When Baltimore's Julie Baker hung some rainbow-colored solar lights in her yard, a helpful neighbor slipped a charming note through her door chastising her for her "Relentlessly Gay" yard, threatening to call the police unless it came into compliance with the "Christian" neighborhood ethic.

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