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Tom Cruise Admits Katie Holmes Left Him To Protect Suri From Scientology →

Tom Cruise has admitted that Katie Holmes filed for divorce in part because of his involvement in the controversial Church of Scientology.

During his deposition, first obtained by RadarOnline, for his $50 million defamation case against Bauer media (whose magazines claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri Cruise), the 51-year-old actor first exploded with anger when asked if Holmes left him “in part to protect Suri from Scientology.”

Cruise first responded that he found the question “offensive,” saying, "there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.” But when lawyers pushed the question again, asking if his ex-wife ever indicated that she left because of the religion or because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, Cruise responded:

"Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."

Even though it’s Tom Cruise saying it, it still blows me away anyone would consider Scientology a religion. Because it’s just so, so obvious what it actually is. At least every other religion has a more convincing mystical element to its scam.

By the way, you’ll be relieved to know:

Cruise also admitted that his 7-year-old daughter is no longer a practicing member of the “religion.”

A Kentucky student refused to run in a cross-country race after being assigned “666” as her race number, according to video from WLEX.

"I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," she says.

Christianity is so full of fear-based rhetoric, people are actually afraid of numbers. Numbers.

Bishop follows conscience, changes gay marriage views →

The couple buys a marriage license, a recognized officiant signs it and it’s refiled with the local government. That’s a legal marriage, and in 14 states — with Illinois just the governor’s signature away from becoming the 15th — that’s a process open to both straight and gay couples.

Getting the church on board is a little more complicated. The issue of whether clergy should officiate same-sex marriages is dividing an increasing number of denominations.

Now, a retired Nashville bishop has become the latest to draw headlines on the issue — reversing course from a path that, four decades ago, had him playing a key role in sending the church down a path of resistance to change.

Despite warnings from his denomination that he’d be violating the faith’s Book of Discipline, Bishop Melvin Talbert traveled from Nashville to near Birmingham, Ala., to perform the Oct. 26 wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. They were legally married Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., but wanted a church wedding. Openshaw said he specifically wanted Talbert to officiate since the bishop had spent years supporting Methodist gays and lesbians.

That wasn’t Talbert’s stance 40 years ago at the 1972 Methodist general conference, which adopted language saying homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity. His views changed several years later, when he was invited to a weekend seminar of gay and straight Methodists; participants could not reveal which they were until the end.

So, the Bishop’s views adapted to better fit the times. It’s almost as if he could have reached a moral conclusion even earlier if something hadn’t been standing in his way. What could have possible been preventing him from arriving at the conclusion that homosexuals are people deserving of humane respect like anyone else? Clearly, his morality shone through in the long run, but something purporting to be guiding his morality (when in fact it was blocking it) was holding him back. Can you solve this mystery?

Anti-Feminist, Anti-Gay Religious Right Leader Resigns Over Extramarital Affair →

'In God we trust' display may be required in Pa. schools — NewsWorks →

Thanks, Pennsyltucky theocratic fascists

Are You Ready for JesusWeen? →

Those participating in JesusWeen hand out Christian bibles instead of candy (or at least candy with bible verses printed on the wrappers). They do not allow their children to wear costumes. You know, because that would be evil.

Christianity truly does ruin everything.
Source : revolutionaryatheist
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
John Lennon, 1966

Why House Stenographer Dianne Reidy Snapped - The Daily Beast →

She was “repeatedly awakened by the Holy Spirit” and commanded to deliver this message.

I gotta think that if she was “repeatedly awakened” and ordered to put herself at such a risk to deliver such a zany message by a unicorn, some part of her would have thought, ‘uh oh, I should really see someone about this.’

But since her delusions were related to a belief that’s “rude” to question, mock or dismiss, it was that much easier for her to accept it was real. It also didn’t hurt that Christianity is replete with tales of angels and spirits talking directly to a single individual and commanding that individual deliver some message for them.

This woman believed in the Holy Spirit speaking directly to her and now her life is ruined. Harm of religion.

:drops mic:

Kansas school board allows student-led prayer over intercom →

Religion blinds its followers to the concept of exclusivity and ignores the oppression their dominance causes. Their religious convictions justify their dismissal of the law as well as their overreach. They use their position of authority over their students to impose their religious convictions upon them because the convictions themselves are seen as more valuable than anything else, including the law or basic human respect.

That’s what I’m talking about when I blog about the “harm of religion.”

WATCH: Fox News Host Doubles Down On Anti-Muslim Comments →

Guyz, did you know every Muslim in the world is responsible for what every other Muslim in the world does? By this logic, no Christmas this year until every abortion clinic shooting is denounced by every single Christian.