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Hypocritical Bastard
Catholic Cardinal authorized $20K to pay priests who raped children, then railed against ‘immorality’ of gay marriage
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led the charge against same-sex marriage, describing gay and lesbian unions as “unjust,” “immoral,” and unnatural. “This is a very violation of what we consider natural law that’s embedded in every man and woman and we’re really worried as Americans that it’s going to be detrimental to the common good,” Dolan said in a radio interview in June, as New York prepared to legalize marriage equality. “[W]e still worry about the detrimental effect upon society, upon culture, and certainly upon our individual churches.”

But church documents showing that Dolan paid off priests who had been accused of sexually abusing minors suggest that the prominent Catholic leader was willing to overlook these very same religious convictions to help colleagues accused of egregious wrong doing. The documents, obtained by the New York Times, also show that Dolan lied to reporters when he initially dismissed news of the payments as “false, preposterous and unjust.”

When a religious leader is found out to be a lying hypocrite, the members of the religion become much more devout. Church leaders should do this kind of thing more often.
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A Lesson In Tolerance
Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario, says. “I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto.

I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs. Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, “The Turban Cowboy,” and the other a topless bar called “You Mecca Me Hot.”

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called “Iraq of Ribs.” Across the street there could be a lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret,” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

Next door to the lingerie shop there would be room for an adult sex toy shop, “Koranal Knowledge” its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store called “Morehammered.” All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so their mosque issue would not be a problem for others.

Yes, we should promote tolerance, and you can do your part by passing this on. And if you are not laughing or smiling at this point. It is either past your bedtime, or, it’s midnight at the oasis and time to put your camel to bed!!!!
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Jewish Trivia
The Roosevelts were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (Originally named
Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano, FDR’s mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews.Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating into “son of a Jew.”) As well, all 3 of the women he married were Jewish.

Dwight Eisenhower’s father was a Swedish Jew and was so identified in the West Point Yearbook of 1915.


1. Lillian Friedman married Cruz Rivera. They named their baby Geraldo Miguel Rivera (Funny, it doesn’t sound Jewish.) Since, according to Jewish law, anyone born to a Jewish mother is Jewish, Geraldo Rivera is Jewish. As were, among others: Fiorello Laguardia, Winston Churchill and Cary Grant, as explained below.

2. Fiorello Laguardia’s mother’s name was Jacobson. His father was not Jewish. Laguardia spoke seven languages — including Hebrew and Yiddish – fluently.

3. Winston Churchill’s mother’s name was Jenny Jerome.

4. Cary Grant’s mother, Elsie, was Jewish. His father, Elias Leach, was not. Grant’s original name was Archibald Alexander Leach. (Robin Leach is his first cousin).

5. Peter Sellers’ mother, Margaret Marks, was Jewish. His father, Bill Sellers, was Protestant. Peter’s real name is Richard Henry Sellers.

6. David Bowie’s mother is Jewish, his father is not. One of Bowie’s album covers discusses his Jewish ancestry. His real name: David Stenton Haywood Jones.

7. Robert DeNiro’s mother is Jewish; his father is not.

8. Shari Belafonte’s mother is Jewish. Her father, Harry, has a Jewish grandfather.

9. Olivia Newton John’s Jewish grandfather was a Nobel Prize winning physicist.

10. Harrison Ford’s mother is Russian Jewish, his father is Irish Catholic.


Fact: The first theater to be used solely for the showing of motion pictures was built by a Jew (Adolf Zukor).

Fact: The first full-length sound picture, The Jazz Singer was produced by the Jewish Samuel L. Goldwyn & Louis B. Mayer (MGM).

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Abraham Waksman) coined the term antibiotics.

Fact: A Polish Jew (Casimir Funk) who pioneered a new field of medical research gave us a word now common in our language — vitamins.

Fact: The first successful operation for appendicitis was performed by a Jewish surgeon (Dr. Simon Baruch)

Fact: The doctor (Dr.. Abraham Jacobi) hailed as America’s father of pediatrics was a Jew.

Fact: Until a Jewish doctor (Dr. Siccary) showed differently, Americans believed the tomato was poisonous.

Fact: Jewish Levi “Levi’s” Strauss (inventor of jeans) is the largest clothing retailer in the world.

Fact: In 1909, four Jews were among the 60 multi cultural signers of the call to the National Action, which resulted in the creation of the NAACP.

Fact: A Jew (Emile Berliner) is the man who developed the modern day phonograph. While Thomas Edison was working out a type of phonograph that used a cylinder as a record, Berliner invented a machine that would play a disc. The machine he patented was called the gramophone, and the famous RCA trademark is a picture of a dog listening to “his master’s voice” on Berliner’s device. The gramophone was superior to Edison’s machine. In short, Emile Berliner made possible the modern record industry. His company was eventually absorbed by the Victor Talking Machine Company, now known as RCA.

Fact: Jewish Louis B. Mayer (MGM) created the idea for the Oscar.

Fact: European Jews are the founding fathers of all the Hollywood Studios.

Fact: Jews comprise a mere 1/4 of 1% (13 million) of the population (6 billion).

Fact: 99% of the world is non Jewish.

Fact: Three of greatest & most influential thinkers dominating the 20th century were Jewish – Einstein, Freud, and Marx.

Fact: The most popular selling Christmas song (“White Christmas”) was written by a Jew. (Irving Berlin)

Fact: Of the 660 Nobel prizes from 1901 – 1990, 160 have been won by Jews. In the end, Jews win more Nobel prizes than any other ethnicity. They win 40x more than should be expected of them, based upon their small population numbers.

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Jonas Salk) is the creator of the first Polio Vaccine.

Fact: Jews (Hayam Solomon & Isaac Moses) are responsible for creating the first modern banking institutions.

Fact: Jews also created the first department stores of the 19th century: The Altmans, Gimbels, Kaufmanns, Lazaruses, Magnins, Mays, Strausses became leaders of major department stores. Julius Rosenwald revolutionized the way Americans purchased goods by improving Sears Roebuck’s mail order merchandising. Hart, Schaffner, Marx, Kuppenheimer and Levi Strauss became household names in men’s clothing. (Let’s not forget EJ Korvets – Eight Jewish Korean (war) Veterans).

Fact: Jewish Marc Chagall (born Segal, Russia ) is one of the great 20th century painters.

Fact: English Jewish financiers such as Isaac Goldsmid, Nathan Rothschild,
David Salomons, and Moses Montefiore, whose fortunes helped England become an empire.

Fact: In 1918, Detroit, a Jew (Max Goldberg) opened the “first” commercial parking lot.

Fact: In 1910, a Jew (Louis Blaustein) and his son opened the “first” gas station, eventually founding AMOCO OIL. One of the richest oil families in the world.

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Albert Sabin) developed the first “oral polio vaccine.”

Fact: A Jew (Steven Spielberg) is the most successful filmmaker since the advent of film.

Fact: A Jewish poet’s (Emma Lazarus) famous poem, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” appears as the inscription on the Statue Of Liberty

Fact: Jewish Harry Houdini (Weiss) is the father of Magic/Illusion.

Fact: Dr. Sigmund Freud (Jew) is the father of psychiatry.

Fact: Jewish Abraham is the father of the world’s 3 major religions: Judaism, Christianity & Islam (ancestors of the Hebrew & Arabic peoples). Jesus (formerly known as “sweet Jewish Jesus”) is still worshipped by billions.

Fact: Jews are the oldest of any people on earth still around with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.

Fact: George & Ira Gershwin & Irving Berlin (Jews) are three of the most prolific composers of the 20th century.
Fact: Isadore & Nathan Straus (Jews) – “Abraham & Straus,” eventually became sole owners of Macy’s (world’s largest department store) in 1896.

Fact: Dr. Paul” magic bullet” Ehrlich (Jew) – physician, Nobel Prize in 1908 for curing syphilis.

Fact: Armand Hammer (Jew) – “Arm & Hammer,” physician & businessman who originated the largest trade between U. S. and Russia.

Fact: Louis Santanel (Jew) was the financier who provided the funds for Columbus ‘ voyage to America.

Fact: Sherry Lansing (Jew) of Paramount Pictures, became the first woman president of a major Hollywood studio.

Fact: Flo Zigfield (Jew) of “Zigfield Follies,” is the creator of American burlesque.
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The Muslims Are Not Happy!
They’re not happy in Gaza.
They’re not happy in Egypt.
They’re not happy in Libya.
They’re not happy in Morocco.
They’re not happy in Iran.
They’re not happy in Iraq.
They’re not happy in Yemen.
They’re not happy in Afghanistan.
They’re not happy in Pakistan.
They’re not happy in Syria.
They’re not happy in Lebanon.So, where are they happy?

They’re happy in Australia.
They’re happy in England.
They’re happy in France.
They’re happy in Italy.
They’re happy in Germany.
They’re happy in Sweden.
They’re happy in the USA.
They’re happy in Canada.
They’re happy in Norway.
They’re happy in every country that is not Muslim.

And who do they blame?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.


Excuse me, but

How dumb can you get?
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What The Bible Says About Women Who Won't Go Barefoot
In the coming global food riots, keep a close eye on women who don’t go barefoot: when things get grim enough that families start eating the youngest children, it’s the mother who wears shoes who will eat her babies in secret so she don’t have to share.Deuteronomy 28: 56-57:

56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,

57 and toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

On the other hand, a woman who wears Vibram 5 Fingers will still eat her babies, but she’ll at least offer her husband some of the lesser cuts of meat.
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15 Biblical Ways To Acquire A Wife
1. Find an attractive prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, and give her new clothes. Then she’s yours. (Deuteronomy 21:11-13)
2. Find a prostitute and marry her. (Hosea 1:1-3)
3. Find a man with seven daughters, and impress him by watering his flock. (Exodus 2:16-21)
4. Purchase a piece of property, and get a woman as part of the deal. (Ruth 4:5-10)
5. Go to a party and hide. When the women come out to dance, grab one and carry her off to be your wife. (Judges 21:19-25)
6. Have God create a wife for you while you sleep. Note: This will cost you. (Genesis 2:19-24)
7. Agree to work seven years in exchange for a woman’s hand in marriage. Get tricked into marrying the wrong woman. Then work another seven years for the woman you wanted to marry in the first place. That’s right. Fourteen years of hard labor for a wife. (Genesis 29:15-30)
8. Cut 200 foreskins off of your future father-in-law’s enemies and get his daughter for a wife. (I Samuel 18:27)
9. Even if no one is out there, just wander around a bit and you’ll definitely find someone. (It’s all relative, of course.) (Genesis 4:16-17)
10. Become the emperor of a huge nation and hold a beauty contest like Xerxes or Ahasuerus (Esther 2:3-4)
11. When you see someone you like, go home and tell your parents, “I have seen a … woman; now get her for me.” If your parents question your decision, simply say, “Get her for me. She’s the one for me.” (Judges 14:1-3)
12. Kill any husband and take HIS wife (Prepare to lose four sons, though). (2 Samuel 11)
13. Wait for your brother to die. Take his widow. It’s not just a good idea; it’s the law. (Deuteronomy or Leviticus, example in Ruth)
14. Don’t be so picky. Make up for quality with quantity like Solomon did (1 Kings 11:1-3)
15. A wife? … NOT! – Paul (1 Corinthians 7:32-35)
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13 Things The Bible Forbids (That You're Probably Guilty Of Doing)
Eating A Ham Sandwich
Lunch time? Leviticus 11:7-8 reads:
And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

Thinking of getting the Superman insignia on your bicep? Leviticus 19:28 states:
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Rounded Haircuts
Off to the barber? Leviticus 19:27 states:
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Men With Injured Or Cut Off Private Parts Entering Houses Of God
It’s bad enough if you’re a man who has had his private parts injured — or heaven forbid cut off — but to add insult to injury, Deuteronomy 23:1 states:
He that is wounded in the stones, or hathis privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

Consulting Psychics
Have you ever had your palm read? Or maybe you’ve consulted your horoscope for a little guidance? Leviticus 19:31 reads:
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Heard some juicy news about Harold in the accounting department? Can’t wait to tell your BFF that you just read that Snooki is pregnant? Leviticus 19:16 states:
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.

Wives Helping Out Their Husbands In A Fight
Gentlemen — if you ever get in a fight and you get the feeling your lady might jump in and lend you a hand by squeezing your opponent’s… ahem… “secrets,” you’d better stop her. Deuteronomy 25:11-12 states:
When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

Children Cursing Their Parents
Kids these days — you never know what’s going to come out of their mouths! But hopefully your child doesn’t curse you because Exodus 21:17 states:
“And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.”

Getting Remarried After Getting Divorced
When it comes to the Bible, this is a big no-no (unless your spouse was cheating on you): Mark 10:11-12 states:
Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Working On The Sabbath
In our fast-paced society, does anyone really work Monday to Friday from 9-5? Exodus 31:14-15 states:
“Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Women Speaking In Houses Of God
Headed to church, ladies? 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 states:
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

Eating Shrimp, Lobster, And Other Assorted Seafood
Craving a big bowl of popcorn shrimp? Leviticus 10-11 states:
And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

Losing Your Virginity Before You Get Married
Today it might be harder to find a bride who is a virgin rather than the other way around. But Deuteronomy 22:20-21 states:
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you
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11 Things Atheists Couldn't Do Because They Didn't Believe In God
When it comes to discussions on institutionalized discrimination, atheists often are left out. That may not surprise many. In a world with widespread prejudice based on gender, race and sexuality, it may be hard for people to get incensed over a story about nonbelievers fighting to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency. And while these kinds of divisive challenges may be the only things that some unsympathetic people remember about atheists fighting for justice and equality, the fact is that nonbelievers in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world face systemic and substantial discrimination.
Here are 11 things atheists couldn’t — and in many cases still can’t — do because they didn’t believe in God.

1. Live.
Atheists in 13 countries face execution under the law if they openly express their beliefs or reject the official state religion — Islam in all of these cases. While this ultimate punishment may be rare, there are a number of other outrageously harsh restrictions on the basic rights of nonbelievers around the world, from revoking citizenship to denying marriage.

For more on the most severe oppression of atheists around the world, read the 2013 edition of the Freedom of Thought report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

2. Run for office.
Not believing in God is political poison, at least if you express that belief openly. While the most severe mistreatment of atheists may take place in fundamentalist nations, political discrimination is pervasive across the U.S. Despite polling that has shown nonbelievers making up an increasingly large part of the country, there isn’t a single admitted atheist in Congress right now, and by most counts, there’s only one in all of the state legislatures across the nation.

Furthermore, despite constitutional restrictions on “religious tests” for holding public office, six states have laws on the books barring nonbelievers. These laws aren’t technically in effect, but they don’t need to be. Not believing in God is such a volatile political issue that a simple meeting with people who have ties to atheist groups can expose a candidate to a brutal smear campaign.

3. Be trusted by their peers.
Discrimination against atheists doesn’t appear only in the political realm, though it is quite clear there. A poll taken during the 2012 election season found that only 54 percent of Americans would vote for a “well-qualified” atheist presidential candidate. While this was the highest total since Gallup began asking the question in 1958, atheism proved the biggest negative influence on a hypothetical candidate’s viability, with fewer respondents saying they would be willing to vote for an atheist than either a gay or a Muslim candidate.

Atheists have trouble being trusted even when they’re not running for office. A survey taken in 2012 found that half of Americans believed atheism was “threatening” to them. Another study by the University of British Columbia and University of Oregon found that people are likely to distrust atheists as much as they do rapists.

4. Be respected by their leaders or neighbors.
During his swearing-in speech in 2011, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) threw inclusiveness out the window when he made these comments about religion:

“So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother,” he said.

It’s hard to imagine any other class of people, especially one so large — we’re not just talking nonbelievers here, but people of all non-Christian faiths — being so casually and expressly dismissed.

Atheists are apparently so detestable that a group of military veteran nonbelievers was repeatedly heckled and berated in 2011 during a Memorial Day parade. Apparently supporting the troops comes with a big asterisk, which maybe isn’t a shock, considering the military’s own record of discriminating against service members who don’t believe in God.

5. Have a job.
Not believing in God could make it harder to get a job, though that would of course require a would-be employer to be aware of a candidate’s nontheistic beliefs. The study on distrust of atheists cited above also found that issues of faith carry over to hiring decisions. In a survey, researchers found that respondents significantly preferred religious candidates for jobs that were considered high-trust, while they marginally preferred nonbelievers for low-trust jobs, like servers.

While it may be harder in most cases to determine someone’s religious beliefs than it would be their race or sexual orientation — and therefore perhaps harder to openly discriminate against them — this means that atheists may feel that they’re better off concealing their personal views on God.

Nonbelievers also have faced discrimination after being hired. In 2010, a math teacher was fired from her position at a Catholic school after someone noticed she’d joined an atheist website from her home computer and made comments on Facebook about not believing in God. A few years prior, a government and history teacher in Texas was allegedly fired simply over the suspicion that he was an atheist. Other people have reported similar mistreatment, though the nature of their terminations wasn’t confirmed.

6. Get custody of their children.
If atheists can’t be trusted to be good employees, they certainly can’t be trusted to be responsible parents.

Over the past few decades, there have been many documented cases of judges either denying parents custody rights because of their apparent disinterest in organized religion, or in other cases, of atheist parents being ordered to attend church so that their children can undergo “systematic spiritual training.”

In 2006, an atheist father emailed The Dish columnist Andrew Sullivan to describe a custody battle that had seen his Sunday visitation rights revoked so that his son could receive “religious instruction” under his ex-wife’s supervision. The case took place in Mississippi, and the father said that he feared he would only lose more ground if he challenged the religious judge’s ruling.

7. Volunteer in their communities.
When the Upstate Atheists, a charity organization in Spartanburg, S.C., offered to lend a hand volunteering at a local soup kitchen last year, they were surprised to hear that the director of the facility would have rather resigned than work alongside godless members of the community. While the atheists said they had no plans to bring religion into the mix at all, the soup kitchen’s director complained that they were “targeting” her organization.

The Upstate Atheists responded by setting up shop across the street from the soup kitchen and handing out 300 care packages to homeless people.

8. Advertise their beliefs, or lack thereof.
Holidays Non Believers
The battle over the place of God in advertising has frequently led to broader questions about discrimination against atheists. In 2011, a judge ruled that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority had violated the free speech rights of a local atheist group when it denied the group’s request to launch an ad campaign on city buses. The ad organization that worked with the transit authority had regularly approved religious ads.

Elsewhere in the U.S., an attempt by a “freethought” group to purchase an ad that simply included the word “atheists” led a town to change its entire advertising policy and ban all religious-based content. And in Vancouver, British Columbia, last year, an ad company that owns most outdoor billboards in the city refused to accept material from an atheist group that was seeking to stress the power of reason and logic over prayer.

Of course, many companies have allowed atheists to purchase ad space. That controversial decision often leads to vandalism, or in some circumstances, high-profile messaging wars between nonbelievers and religious groups.

9. Participate in life without violating their beliefs.
Valencia Robinson
While the Establishment Clause of the Constitution is supposed to ensure a clear separation of church and state, the two frequently intermix, much to the disapproval of nonbelievers.
This manifests itself in a variety of ways, from the inclusion of the word “God” in various mandatory pledges and on the face of U.S. currency, to compulsory religious-based sessions that atheists have been unconstitutionally forced to take part in.

While these cases are relatively common — and it appears that a nonbeliever somewhere is always locked in a legal battle to remove religious language and imagery from the public sphere — there are a few brazen examples that show the extremes of this issue. In Arizona last year, Republicans proposed a bill to require high school students to recite a pledge before receiving their diplomas. That oath included the words, “so help me God,” and gave students no chance to opt out. While the sponsors eventually said they’d be willing to change the nature of the pledge, the bill failed.

And in South Carolina earlier this year, lawmakers again submitted a bill that would mandate daily prayer sessions in public schools. In that case, atheists or anyone objecting could leave the classroom if they pleased.

10. Create an organization.
Groups of atheists have regularly been denied the opportunity to form recognized clubs at public schools around the nation. While this difficulty is not universal, it is common. Administrators have been known to erect procedural hurdles to discourage nonbelievers from organizing, or in some cases, simply rejected their applications.

In 2011 at the University of Notre Dame, a group of “Atheist, Agnostic and Questioning Students” was denied official club status because their beliefs weren’t “consistent with the University’s mission.” Notre Dame is a Catholic institution, but has a number of other multi-faith organizations. Apparently non-faith is not welcome.

11. Become a Boy Scout.
This one’s pretty straightforward. The Boy Scouts of America still prohibits atheists from joining its ranks. Scouts must pledge to “do my duty to God and my country,” and the BSA has resisted calls to remove religion from the oath. Scouts have even been asked to leave their troops after their nontheistic beliefs were discovered. In 2009, Eagle Scout Neil Polzin was fired from his job as an aquatics director at a Boy Scouts camp after his role with a secular student group was uncovered.
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