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Archived Since:February 23, 2008

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Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain Appeals to Faith

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains appeals to faith -- specifically, how do you respond to someone who says, "You just have to have faith"?

Now That’s a Letter-to-the-Editor!

It's been a while since I've seen a letter-to-the-editor that I had to read multiple times just to take it all in... but this one in the Idaho Press-Tribune is just a classic in the making:

Speaking in Tongues: It’s Now a Cure for Ebola

Kenneth Copeland knows exactly how to cure the "murderous demon virus" Ebola.And it involves speaking Dothraki in tongues (at the 13:45 mark):

This Porn Star Became a Christian Evangelist After Reaching Real Ecstasy With Jesus

She had sex on-camera with a hundred women (not all at once, I think) and appeared with barely a shred of clothing in Hustler and Penthouse.These days, using the title "Porn Again Christian," Teresa Carey sells wet dreams of a different kind, preaching religious surrender and salvation to audiences that include church groups and student gatherings.

“I’m Not a Scientist” Is Not an Excuse to Believe in Nonsense

David Shiffman, a University of Miami Ph.D. Student, has an article up on Slate about the "I'm not a scientist" line, and it's very much worth reading.As you're most likely aware, "I'm not a scientist" is something politicians often say when they're asked for their positions on topics like climate change, evolution, etc. Show More Summary

Last Night, Someone Drove a Car Into Oklahoma’s Controversial Ten Commandments Monument

For a couple of years now, there's been a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building: We've been talking about it quite a bit on this site for a couple of reasons. 1) It was the subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of...Show More Summary

Alabama High School Football Team Performs Baptisms on the Field After Practice

I'll never understand why some Christians, clearly breaking the law, choose to do so publicly. When you break the rules, you shouldn't be bragging about it on social media or the Internet.Yet that's what the Freedom From Religion Foundation...Show More Summary

Would Any Augusta (GA) Readers Like to Go to a Faith-Healing Show… and Tell Us What It Was Like?

It's free, and it's a spectacle you won't soon forget.Many have testified and been healed from incurable diseases Cancer, HIV, and many have walked out of wheelchairs and crutches, canes after Apostle Ssali has prayed for them.October 24th & 25th 2014 7pm nightly.That's tonight and tomorrow night. Show More Summary

Sam Harris Discusses His Beliefs with Cenk Uygur for Three Hours

Yesterday, Sam Harris sat down with The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur to discuss their philosophies, disagreements about Islam, and so much more. It's a three-hour discussion, so it might be worth saving until the weekend.(Fun fact: Harris says around the 10:00 mark: "I don't want to stay here long." Heh.)

9 Benefits of Leaving Your Religion

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 9 benefits of leaving your religion. The video was inspired by Neil Carter's post here.

Penn State Atheists Get “Stoned” with Water Balloons as a Fundraiser

Good news: The Penn State Atheist and Agnostic Association held a "Stone an Atheist" event in order to raise money to bring speakers to campus. If you're unfamiliar with it, that's where students can purchase water balloons to throw at group members a la Leviticus 24:14.Bad news: It's freakin' October... Brrr

New Zealand State School Offers Bible Classes Under the Guise of Values Education; Some Parents Protest

Who doesn't like "values"? Values are what those of us with kids would probably most like to impart to them. But whose values?That's what Roy Warren, an Australian father, is asking a state school after his five-year-old son was subjected to a values curriculum. Show More Summary

Middle School Survey on Character Strength Includes Questions About How Much Religious Faith Students Have

Officials at Bethlehem Central Middle School (in New York) want to promote positive values to their students so they have put together a variety of ways to reward students who display them:The school hosts pizza parties for students who display good character traits like caring, respect and fairness. Show More Summary

Six Reasons the PhotoMath App Isn’t As Cool As You Think It Is

By now, you've probably seen the amazing video about an app called PhotoMath. Once you download it, you can take a picture of a math problem with your phone... and the app not only solves the problem, it shows you how to do it step-by-step. Everyone seems to be talking about it. How cool is that?!Not very, actually... and here's why:

Researchers Find That No Facts Whatsoever Will Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds. The Same May Be True For You and Me

Depressing. From Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker:[In April,] Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. Show More Summary

Humanist Group Sues Colorado School District for Promoting Christianity Through Its Programs

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar...Show More Summary

Canadian Parliament Shooter: Another “High-Risk” Radical Muslim From Quebec Who Had His Passport Revoked

The man who opened fire in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday, after shooting and killing corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial (pictured), was a follower of Allah.The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a.k.a. Michael...Show More Summary

Atheist Parolee Receives Nearly $2,000,000 After Being Punished for Refusing a Religious Drug Treatment Program

In February of 2007, after spending time in prison for drug possession, Barry A. Hazle Jr. was finally released on parole. Parole came with a few strings attached, though. Hazle had to attend a 90-day drug treatment program which, in his case, involved the Twelve-Step program most commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Show More Summary

Jewish Students Lead Charge to Remove Jewish Religious Symbol from a Wisconsin High School

A sukkah is a hut covered by things like palm leaves built for the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Some Jewish students at Nicolet High School in Wisconsin built one recently and they wanted to keep it in the school's courtyard... but you...Show More Summary

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