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Daniel Dennett: New Atheism has changed the face of America

The movement known as New Atheism has changed the political landscape of the United States, according to philosopher and prominent non-believer Daniel Dennett. Atheism isn’t a particularly new idea. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus long ago suggested it would be best to ignore all the various gods and goddesses, since…

Ohio Republican slams ‘intentionally intolerant’ same-sex marriage ban

Former Ohio Attorney General and State Auditor Jim Petro on Monday publicly endorsed a campaign to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At a press conference, Petro said the ban was “inspired by vote getting reasons more than anything.” He said it was “bad for Ohio to take a…

Zimmerman’s mixed-martial arts trainer testifies he was ‘physically soft’

A mixed-martial arts (MMA) trainer testified for the defense on Monday that George Zimmerman “didn’t know how to really effectively punch” even though he had trained the former neighborhood watchmen for over a year. “He was just physically soft,” Adam Pollock told the court. “He was an overweight, large man…

Pakistan’s bin Laden report blames ‘incompetence’ for letting terrorist slip by

Institutional failures across the board and “gross incompetence” in the military led to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden slipping past Pakistani authorities and allowed the U.S. to carry out an “act of war” against the country, a government report released Monday by Al Jazeera English claims. The Abbottabad Commission’s findings suggest…

Rick Perry not running for 4th term, will ‘pray’ about future plans

Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced on Monday that he would not run for a fourth term, but vowed to pass an abortion ban before leaving office. At an event in San Antonio, the governor quoted Ecclesiastes 3: “For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”…

Robertson’s homophobic chuckle: Gay men kissing ‘makes me want to throw up’

Televangelist Pat Robertson railed against marriage equality in two separate segments of The 700 Club on Monday, laughingly asking the social media site Facebook to install a “Vomit” button to cover his reaction to pictures of same sex couples kissing. “Do you like that?” Robertson asked in response to a…

Former Navy chaplain: Justice Kennedy called Jesus ‘evil’ with marriage ruling

A disgraced former Navy chaplain on Monday accused Justice Anthony Kennedy of calling Jesus “evil” because he had a written a majority opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down key parts of the federal government’s ban on same sex marriage. In his Monday Pray in the Jesus Name…

Tweet referencing Pink’s song ‘Timebomb’ gets teen arrested at concert

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a Pink concert in Australia over the weekend after he tweeted a reference to the singer’s “Timebomb” song. According to The Age, the teen was attending the U.S. pop star’s concert at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday when he tried to express…

State Dept. whistleblower’s lawyers targeted by ‘Watergate-style’ break-ins

Two burglars spent last weekend repeatedly breaking into a Dallas law firm and stealing three computers while leaving other valuables behind. The attorneys said Sunday that this was no ordinary break-in: it may have been politically motivated. The law firm targeted is Schulman & Mathias, which represents State Department whistleblower…

Coroner: San Francisco crash victim might have been run over by fire truck

A fire truck may be responsible for the death of one of two teenage girls killed during Saturday’s airliner crash at San Francisco International Airport, KNTV-TV reported on Sunday. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the station his office should complete autopsies on the two victims by Monday night.…

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