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Saudi Clerics Renew Fatwa Against Pokemon GO

Some people playing Pokemon GO today are probably too young to remember that Saudi clerics declared a fatwa, or Islamic religious ban, on Pokemon back in 2001. Unluckily for them, the resurgence of the augmented-reality version of the game has clerics renewing the ban to remind everyone that the pious do not wander around seeking imaginary animals.


Barge-Size Noah's Ark Is A Creationist's Theme Park

Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6000 years old, a 155m-long, $US100 million ($133.3 million) “replica” of Noah’s Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park today. Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that will be used to perpetuate Creationism.


Churches Offer Free Wi-Fi To Lure Back Young People

It’s been over a quarter-century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to East Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn’t bring people back, but maybe free Wi-Fi will.


Why Didn't Gene Roddenberry Get To Make The 'Kirk Fights Jesus' Star Trek Movie We All Deserved?

This is a serious question. Star Trek V asked, “What does God need with a starship?” The Motion Picture could have given us “How hard can Kirk punch an alien pretending to be Jesus?”


The Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments For The Existence Of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of God.


Jesus' Tomb Is Finally Getting The Restoration That Bickering Monks Delayed For 200 Years

The are many reasons one might put off a much-needed home improvement project. Budget. Can’t find the right contractor. When it came to the tomb where Christians believe Jesus was buried, it was two centuries of infighting between some very possessive monks.


And God Said, 'Let There Be Emojis'

Are those long pages filled with words getting to you while at church? Maybe you’ll benefit from a new version of the Bible that’s made from emojis.


The Secret History Of Hermits

In nearly every civilisation with historical records, we find stories of people who went off by themselves to live in the wilderness. But not all hermits were the same: some were outcasts, some were holy, and others were extremely fashionable. All their stories are extraordinary.


Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Agnostics are often characterised as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there’s much more to agnosticism than these tired misconceptions, including a stricter adherence to scientific principles than those typically invoked by atheists.


Telstra Is Once Again Supporting Marriage Equality

Last week Telstra announced that it would be taking a “neutral stance” on marriage equality — a position in stark contrast to its history of supporting the LGBIT+ community.

“It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do,” Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said in a statement today, confirming Telstra will once again be supporting marriage equality in Australia.


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