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Pope Francis includes elderly Muslim in Easter foot-washing ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility. The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and kiss the feet of the nine Italians and three foreigners aged between 16…

Maryland county official: I’ll ‘go to jail’ for right to open meetings with Christian prayer

A county official in Carroll County, MD is defiant in the face of a federal judge’s order that she and other public employees stop invoking Jesus Christ in their morning meetings. According to the Baltimore Sun, Commissioner Robin Frazier opened Thursday morning’s meeting with a prayer that twice mentioned Christ…

Raw Story’s top 10 most-read stories of 2013

Even after a grueling election in 2012, there has been no return to calm in 2013. From the bombing in Boston to the fight for equal rights to the ever-increasing income inequality and need for quality health care, the news has not slowed down. Raw Story’s readers have made this…

Reza Aslan: Megyn Kelly was right about Christ, but wrong about Jesus

Religious scholar Reza Aslan said Fox News host Megyn Kelly was partially right when she said Jesus Christ was white. Kelly has been criticized and mocked for her insistence that Jesus and Santa Claus were white during Wednesday night’s “Kelly File” program on the conservative news channel, and she’s expected…

Where’s Megyn Kelly? Fox host misses own show after racial comments on Santa and Jesus

After helping websites all over the Internet make money Thursday for reporting her claim that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white, Megyn Kelly’s employers decided to give her the night off. The Fox News host missed her 9 p.m. “Kelly File” program without explanation and was replaced by…

Tea party activist: ‘Jesus Christ is weeping in heaven’ over pope’s criticism of capitalism

Yet another conservative has taken issue with critical comments made by Pope Francis on capitalism and “trickle-down” economics. Tea party activist Jonathon Moseley published a World Net Daily column Sunday that challenged the pope’s interpretation of the Bible, saying that Jesus had addressed his comments about helping the poor to…

GOP event hails ‘superhero’ Ted Cruz as right-wing Jesus

Conservative activists compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Jesus Christ during an event Friday, earning a chorus of amens from the audience of Iowa Republicans. Steve Scheffler, a conservative Christian activist, thanked God for the freshman Texas senator who helped engineer the 16-day government shutdown in his effort to derail…

Bible scholar claims Christianity invented as part of ancient Roman psy-ops campaign

The Christian faith is the result of the most successful psy-ops program in history, according to a self-professed American Bible scholar. Joseph Atwill will present his controversial theory Oct. 19 in London that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats as part of a sophisticated government project to…

Dawkins rips ‘sanctimonious prigs’ for ‘banning’ atheist students mocking Jesus

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has lashed out at a London university as “sanctimonious little prigs” after officials intimated two atheist students who were wearing T-shirts that mocked Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohamed. London School of Economics (LSE) students Abishek Phadnis and Chris Moos were first asked to cover up T-shirts…

Reza Aslan: The real Jesus makes a lot of ‘Christians’ uncomfortable

In this video excerpt from his appearance at Washington, D.C.’s legendary Politics and Prose bookstore and coffee house, author Reza Aslan talked about the chasm between some Christians’ view of Jesus of Nazareth and what the historical record actually shows. A member of the audience asked, “Is even a small…

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