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04.04.14 Andy Cush

A federal court ruled yesterday that the city can uphold a ban on religious services in schools, overturning an earlier decision in which a lower court called such a ban unconstitutional. The religious lobby shouldn’t worry quite yet, however, as it’s not certain that the appeals court’s ruling will have any effect. As the Times points out, […]

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02.04.14 Andy Cush

The Satanic Temple, an NYC-based organization, is angling to have a Baphomet statue installed beside an existing monument to the 10 Commandments near Oklahoma’s state capitol. Douglas Mesner, the Temple’s spokesman and apparent leader, seems pretty reasonable. In an interview with The Atlantic, Mesner — who also goes by the distinctly more satanic moniker Lucien Greaves — gives some […]

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01.27.14 Andy Cush

Pussy Riot, fresh out of prison, is set to make an appearance at the Barclays Center February 5 for an Amnesty International benefit concert. Certain members of Brooklyn’s Russian Orthodox community, predictably, are not happy about it. Serge Lukianov, an Orthodox priest, called the event “satanic,” and called it appalling that “people are making them into […]

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01.07.14 Andy Cush

In response to the Ten Commandments monument that was erected at Oklahoma’s state Capitol last year, the NYC-based Satanic Temple has petitioned to have a Baphomet statue installed as well. Here’s what their proposal looks like. Friendly, right? The Satanic Temple has already surpassed its $20,000 funding goal on IndieGogo, with 11 days left to […]

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12.20.13 Andy Cush

After American Atheists posted a billboard in Times Square arguing that “Nobody needs the Christ in Christmas,” Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island threw a fit, urging a boycott of the tourist mecca. “While it is not surprising to me that people who do not believe in God are hateful and malicious,” he said in a […]

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11.12.13 Andy Cush

Currently funding on Indiegogo: Sunday Assembly, a non-profit billing itself as a “godless congregation that celebrates life.” What does that mean? It’s a place for non-religious people to get together, talk about things like how to be better person and contribute to your community, and listen to music, without any dogma. Which probably initially bristles […]

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08.15.13 Andy Cush

The NSA leaks of the past few months have united a pretty amazing cross-section of people, on all shades of the political spectrum, against federal government surveillance. Case in point: Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, the host of a Christian YouTube show called Pray in Jesus Name, recently devoted a segmented to praying away the “satanic, evil spirit” […]

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07.01.13 Kyle Petreycik

An Atheist monument was recently unveiled nearby the monument of the Ten Commandments sitting in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida. The monument itself the form of a 1,500 pound granite bench, complete with quotes from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the founder of American Atheists. It may appear to be an agressive […]

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05.23.13 Andy Cush

Perhaps inspired by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s recent forays into so-called “hipsterdom,” a Jewish group has launched a campaign called “Unite the Beards,” aiming to bring Williamsburg’s hairy masses closer to Hasidic Judaism. In the video above, with the tagline “Hasid and hipster, not as different as you think,” four white guys in various […]

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04.26.13 Andy Cush

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Michael J. Silber created Kaleidopope, which is exactly what you think it is. From Francis and Benedict on back, the Kaleidopope takes generation upon generation of His Tripiness and sends them into an abstracted swirl. Here’s what Silber has to say: KaleidoPope is an hypnotic interactive kaleidoscope. I composed a photo […]

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