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Catholic Church in Norway Owes Government More Than $5 Million After Inflating Membership Numbers

July 2, 2015

In countries where church and state are tied together, religious groups can receive taxpayer money based on membership. It's to their benefit, then, when people say they're Catholic, even if they don't really practice. (Atheists groups in some countries have urged people to say they're not religious, if that's accurate, in order to stop excess money from going to churches.)And wouldn't you know it? There's a lot of shady bookkeeping going on...In Norway right now, the Catholic Church is in the midst of a scandal over this very problem:
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Where Was God’s Wrath All Those Other Times?

July 1, 2015

While religious extremists do more harm than good, it’s hard to argue that they don’t provide entertainment every now and then. One of their favorite rallying calls of the past several decades has been to predict God’s apocalyptic wrath due to the acceptance of homosexuality in America.Unsurprisingly, the recent Supreme Court affirmation of marriage equality has brought out the nuts once more.Evangelical leader Franklin Graham warned:
I do believe God's judgment will come upon this nation. When we read the scripture, God's judgment would come upon Israel, time and time again, when they turned their back on Him.
Here’s the thing, though: if we’re willing to suspend our (dis)belief and assume there is a Higher Power out there who is all too willing to dole out punishment for sin, aren’t there a slew of other travesties that should have prompted such rage?
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