A sergeant in Manatee County Florida was suspended for 26 hours after he left a Bible verse circled and labeled the “Obama Prayer” on a colleague’s desk. The verse was from Psalm 109: “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.”
A new study shows that everyone gets mad at God, even atheists.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found a war memorial cross in San Diego unconstitutional because it was a government endorsement of religion. The Army’s “spiritual fitness” test is coming under fire from church-state organizations who claim it is unconstitutional. Despite the new Republican majority in the House, the religious makeup of the 112th Congress is about the same as the previous one. Like the rest of the country, Congress has a majority of Protestants (56.8%) but nonbelievers are underrepresented—there are no “nones.”
The Discovery Channel is teaming up with the Vatican to produce a new show about exorcisms. The Exorcist Files will debut this spring. In other Vatican news, Pope John Paul II could be beatified by the end of the year. A Vatican cardinal clarified Pope Benedict’s earlier comments about genetically modified crops. Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson said that GMOs could force poor farmers to rely on foreign companies for seeds instead of using local, less expensive, options.
Who knew young earth creationism was environmentally friendly? The Noah’s Ark theme park planned in Kentucky by Answers in Genesis will be a LEED certified “green” building project. Also in Kentucky, the state legislature is considering a new anti-evolution bill for the state’s schools.
In Pennsylvania, a pastor wants to turn his garage into a church in hopes of ending plans to build a strip club next door.
Forced to pay taxes on their services, Romanian witches are threatening to hex the government. The state of New York has eliminated its entire kosher inspection division. New York Rep. Peter King is promising to use his new position as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security to hold hearings about Islam in America.
Record numbers of Brits are converting to Islam, according to a new survey.
Opponents of Scientology in Chicago are fighting for the right to protest outside the Church of Scientology. Atheists, agnostics, and humanists protested their exclusion from a prayer meeting that was part of Washington DC mayor Vincent Gray’s inauguration.