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Archived Since:February 23, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Florida Police Department Sued After Holding Christian Prayer Vigil to Fight Crime

A couple of months ago, Chief Greg Graham of the Ocala Police Department in Florida posted an unusual letter to the department's Facebook page. Co-signed by community development director for the Ocala/Marion County Family YMCA Narvella Haynes, the letter called for public prayer to help stop crime:

A Christian’s Letter to the Editor Discusses the Problem with Women in Elected Office

Willard C. Holt Sr. is very unhappy with the direction his county is going in, and he wrote a letter to the editor earlier this month which was published in The Newport Plain Talk. (Because writing a letter to a newspaper is how we solve all our problems these days.) The only reason I mention it here is to point out that this guy is real. Show More Summary

Former Yeshiva Student Highlights Educational Deficits of Many Hasidic Schools

A piece in the New York Times examines the work of Yeshiva graduate Naftuli Moster, in highlighting the educational shortcomings of many Hasidic schools in New York and pushing for enforcement of existing law regarding the curriculum requirements of non-profit schools. Show More Summary

“Don’t Believe in God? You’re Not Alone!” Bus Ad Goes Up in Missoula, Montana

If you're around Missoula, Montana over the next month, keep a eye out for this bus ad placed by the Missoula Area Secular Society:

Hollywood Conservative Pat Dollard: “God Publicly Executed Michael Brown as a Gift To America”

How many friends and Twitter followers will documentary filmmaker and Christian conservative Patrick Dollard lose over this Ferguson tweet?

Creationist Mother “Debunks” Evolution Exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum; Here’s How You Should Respond

Earlier this month, self-described "homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother" Megan Fox (not that one) visited Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Then, with her video camera on, she "audited" the "Evolving Planet" exhibit...Show More Summary

Grace for an Atheist Thanksgiving

This is a guest post by Kate Cohen, who blogs at KateCohen.net. She has also written for Slate and the Washington Post.... As an atheist, I have always loved Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect holiday: national but not nationalistic, it celebrates consumption but not consumerism (and it seems people want to keep it that way). Show More Summary

Todd Starnes Claims a Library Banned His Book, Completely Ignoring All Their Other Books Written by Conservatives

Todd Starnes is furious that a small library in Alaska won't accept a donation of his book. Shelf space is limited so they have to be selective and Starnes' book didn't receive many professional reviews (the usual bar for a book's inclusion in many libraries).Also, you know, no one wants to read Todd Starnes' book. But Starnes knows this is really oppression!

Texas Pastor Allegedly Refuses to Bury Church Member of 50 Years — Because She Hadn’t Tithed in a Decade

What would Jesus do? Probably not this:The daughter of 93-year-old Olivia Blair couldn’t believe it when Fourth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Walter Houston refused to bury her mother. “It was like the last insult in the world,” Barbara Day told KRIV in Houston. Show More Summary

Have Yourself a Merry Little Mythmas

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means it's a perfectly good time to start singing about Christmas.Jaclyn Glenn and Eric Schwartz put together this lovely tune that I'm sure will catch on with Christians everywhere:

You Think There Are Monsters Under Your Bed? Prove it

This is a neat Kickstarter project: A children’s book all about how there aren’t any monsters under your bed. I think it’s a metaphor for something… If you like what you see, you can support the project here. (Thanks to Nicole for the link)

Humanist Service Corps Looking for People to Join Them on a Secular Mission Trip in Africa

Nearly a year ago, I announced the formation of the Pathfinders Project, a "yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America." Director Conor Robinson...Show More Summary

Sought For Murder, Indian Guru Was “Using His Devotees as a Human Shield” During Massive Siege on Ashram

One measure of Indian god-man Sant Rampal's specialness is that he liked bathing in milk during his meditations, after which the same milk was used to make kheer,... which was served to the followers saying this will bring happinessShow More Summary

Religious Fundraiser at a Rutgers Football Game Leads to Threat of Lawsuit

During a recent football game at Rutgers, a portion of the proceeds made at the state university's concession stands went to the Church of God in Christ for All Saints. Now, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has informed the school that sort of fundraiser is illegal:

Cherokee County (Texas) Officials Reject Humanist Display Outside Courthouse, but Say the Nativity Scene Can Stay

If you walk past the Cherokee County Courthouse in Texas, it might be hard to miss this Nativity scene they have up right now: If that's allowed, surely a Humanist display would be allowed, too, right?

Christkindlmarket in Downtown Chicago Now Includes an Atheist Banner and a Giant Scarlet “A”

If you're in Chicago and walking through Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, make sure you take some pictures next to the atheist display that just went up yesterday: The whole thing was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter. It includes an 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A and this banner:

The WW1 Christmas Truce: Rebutting the Notion That “The Power of God is So Great It Can Stop Wars”

Via the Facebook page of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation comes this British Sainsbury's commercial. The FFAF's comment:The power of God is so great it can stop wars.What, no obligatory dig at atheists? Ah yes, there it is:Can't say that about atheism.

Chicago Church Gives Members $500 Each, Telling Them to Pay It Forward and Make the World a Better Place

There's no shame in giving credit where it's due and a church in Chicago has done something really neat after it came into a lot of money: The pastor gave 10% of it ($160,000) to members of the congregation -- $500 each -- and told them to pay it forward to those less fortunate:

Atheist Bus Ads Go Up in Rhode Island

The newly-formed Rhode Island Coalition of Reason just announced the purchase of 10 king-size ads on the sides of buses in order to introduce themselves to the locals:

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Atheists Suing the State Over Its “Day of Prayer” Proclamations

For years now, Colorado governors have been issuing proclamations in support of the Day of Prayer: Several years ago, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (along with a few of their Colorado-based members) filed a lawsuit against the state in order to put a stop to that. Show More Summary

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