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Dec 1, 2008
A Wisconsin judge ruled the reckless homicide charges stand against parents accused of praying
instead of seeking a doctor’s care as their 11-year-old daughter died.

Dec 1, 1935 (Woody Allen born)
“If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.” -- Woody Allen

Dec 2, 2005
A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible, including a bare-breasted Delilah cutting Samson’s hair and a nude Eve offering an apple.

Dec 3, 2008
A Texas couple, claiming they were trying to drive the demons out of their 13-month-old daughter (right), bludgeoned the little girl to death with a hammer and other objects and bit her more than 20 times.

Dec 4, 2008
Conservative Episcopalians announced that they were founding their own rival denomination, the biggest challenge yet to the authority of the Episcopal Church since it ordained an openly gay bishop five years ago.

Dec 5, 1938

A speech by
Catholic priest, Father Charles Coughlin was published which closely resembled a speech made by Goebbels attacking Jews, atheist and communists, with some sections copied verbatim. At a rally in the Bronx, he gave a Nazi salute and said, "When we get through with the Jews in America, they'll think the treatment they received in Germany was nothing."

Dec 6, 1992
The Barbi mosque in Ayodhya, India was destroyed by Hindu nationalist. More than 2,000 people were killed in the riots following the demolition.

Dec 7, 2007
The battle between science and creationism has reached the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where a former researcher is claiming he was fired because he doesn't believe in evolution. The fired scientist did not want to work on "evolutionary aspects" of a grant for which he was hired.

Dec 9, 2008
The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales warns that liberalism has turned Britain into a nation where religious belief is seen as a "private eccentricity" and atheism is becoming increasingly more "vocal and aggressive."

Dec 10, 2004
An association representing 75,000 Roman Catholic nuns has rejected a proposal from a victims advocacy group designed to encourage people who were sexually molested by nuns to come forward and get help.

Dec 11, 2008
A federal judge ordered South Carolina to freeze plans to produce a special license plate that had a gold cross, a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe" across the top. The judge said it amounted to state-sponsored religious preference.

Dec 11, 2006
Iran hosted a conference gathering prominent Holocaust deniers that it said would examine whether the World War II genocide of Jews took place, drawing condemnation from Israel and Germany.

Dec 12, 1098
Crusaders slaughtered about 20,000 Muslims in the city of Maarat, (Syria) after promising them safe conduct if they surrendered. There were food shortages in the city and the starving Crusaders resorted to cannibalism. One chronicler reported: “they boiled pagan adults in cooking-pots, impaled children on spits and devoured them grilled." (right Crusaders throwing the heads of Muslims over ramparts.)

Dec 13, 2002
Catholic Cardinal Bernard Francis Law resigned as the archbishop of Boston after Church documents were revealed which suggested he had covered up sexual abuse committed by priests in his archdiocese. The Boston Diocese paid $85 million to 552 victims.

Dec 14, 2005
A Harris poll found that as education levels increase, belief in God, miracles, angels, heaven, hell, etc decreases.

Dec 15, 2004
A judge in southern Alabama refused to delay a trial when an attorney objected to his wearing a judicial robe with the Ten Commandments embroidered on the front in gold.

Dec 17 1398

Temur (a Muslim conqueror left) sacked and destroyed Delhi and and left it in ruins. Before the battle, Temur executed more than 100,000 captives, mostly Hindus. Temur's memoirs on his invasion of India describe in detail the massacre of Hindus, looting plundering and raping of their women and children, their forced conversions to Islam and the plunder of the wealth of Hindustan (Greater India).

Dec 19, 2006 (posted)
The foreskin of Jesus was reportedly stolen from a priest's house in Italy. The priest kept the sacred relic in a shoebox. The snipped-off tip of the savior's penis is the only piece of his body he supposedly left on earth.

Dec 20, 2006

A suburban Atlanta school board that put stickers in high school science books saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact" abandoned its legal battle to keep them after four years.

Dec 21, 1999

The Barna Research Group, an evangelical Christian research organization, studied divorce rates in America in 1999 and found that divorce is far lower among atheists than among conservative Christians.

Dec 21, 2012
December 21, 2012 is the end of the Mayan calendar and some people think the end of the world. This website (link) has more than 200 other religious predictions throughout history that didn't pan out. Read more about 2012 on our blog.

Dec 23 1995
At the time of the winter solstice, the bodies 16 members of the Order of the Solar Temple were found in a burned out chalet in the Swiss Alps.

Dec 25, 800
Charlemagne (left) gave what he claimed was the foreskin of Jesus to Pope Leo III. Charlemagne said that it had been brought to him by an angel while he prayed at the Holy Sepulchre. This is the earliest record of Jesus' foreskin.

Dec 26, 2008

A group fighting for women's rights in Saudi Arabia condemned a judge for refusing to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man. The girl's father arranged the marriage in order to settle his debts with the man, "a close friend" of his said.

Dec 27, 2005 (publication date)
A cinnamon bun that bears a striking likeness to late Catholic nun Mother Teresa was stolen from a US coffeehouse on Christmas Day. Updated with more news.

Dec 28, 2004

A Methodist minister who was defrocked last month for declaring herself a lesbian said yesterday that she will appeal the decision through church courts.

Dec 29. 1916
Rasputin "the mad monk" (left) is murdered. He was allegedly poisoned, shot four times, bludgeoned and finally drowned in an icy river. He was killed because of his influence over the Russian tsar and his family.

Dec 30, 1066

A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada and massacred most of the Jewish population of the city. More than 1,500 Jewish families, numbering 4,000 persons, fell in one day.

Dec 31, 2008
(publication date)
Two-thirds of Americans think religion is losing its influence on U.S. life, a sharp jump from just three years ago when Americans were nearly evenly split on the question, according to a new Gallup Poll.

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