June 30, 2009

What happened in June 2009?

June 30, 2009
St Paul is still making news after all these years. Our blog has the story.

June 28, 2009 (TimesOnline)
Evolutionary biologist and author, Richard Dawkins, has opened a summer camp for atheist children in Britain. All 24 slots have been taken. The first atheist camp was Camp Quest in the USA.

June 27, 2009
Brigham Young University, the Mormon church school where students agree to live a chaste and virtuous life, has lifted its almost three-year policy of blocking YouTube. Go to our blog for this and other exciting BYU/Mormon stories.

June 26, 2009
Agora, a movie about Hypatia, considered to be the first notable woman in mathematics will open this December. She was murdered by a Christian mob in Roman Egypt. More on our blog.

June 26, 2009
The Alabama Freethought Society has put up a 14x48-foot billboard emblazoned with the John Lennon message: "Imagine No Religion," against a stained-glass window backdrop. The poster is in Talladega County and will stay up for a month.

June 26, 2009
The Stoning of Soraya M (left) opens in theaters today. It's a true story based on a terrible injustice. More on our blog.

June 25, 2009
Our blog
has a video of a gay exorcism in an African American church plus commentary.

June 25, 2009
NY Times
Pastor Ken Pagano of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, KY has planned a "bring your guns to church day" this July 4th. The only thing that might stop the event is if he can't get insurance. His current insurance company canceled the church’s policy for July 4 and told him that it would cancel the policy for good at the end of the year. Update, Update, Update!!! It happened. see ABC News

June 23, 2009 Non Sequitur (Only is America is it necessary to include evolution in a religion blog).


June 22, 2009 BBC News
French President Sarkozy attacked the wearing of the burka, calling it "not a sign of religion but a sign of subservience". Some members of parliament want a commission set up to investigate the spread of the burka in France.

June 20, 2009 (5:45 am)
It's the summer solstice and the pagans are partying like it's 1999. See our blog for pictures of this year's celebration at Stonehenge.

June 18, 2009 (Washington Post)
Wittenberg, Germany, the town where Martin Luther started the Reformation, is short of Lutherans. Fewer than one in five people identify themselves as Christians.

June 14, 2009
Koogle, the world's worst search engine is up and running. Hey, but it's kosher! More on our blog.

June 10, 2009 (Washington Post)
An 88-year old white supremacist shot and killed a security
Alysa Stanton poses in front of an ark in the synagogue at Hebrew Union College, Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Cincinnati. Stanton is to be ordained June 6 as mainstream Judaisms first black woman rabbi.
guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

June 6, 2009
Alysa Stanton became America's first black female rabbi today. More on our blog.

June 5, 2009
Sixty-nine percent of Americans are in favor of gay men and lesbians serving in the military. The biggest increase in support came from conservatives and weekly churchgoers.

June 4, 2009
Non Sequitur

June 3, 2009
Peaceful countries have more atheists and fewer regular worshippers. The difference is highly statistically significant. Click on the date for the story.

June 1, 2009 (New York Times)
A man angry about the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan killed one soldier and wounded another outside a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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