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Please Support the Work I Do Through This Site

I post this article once a month. Thanks for your support!...Over the past couple of years, what began as a personal blog has turned into a hub with several contributors and multiple posts per day. As always, I'd like to continue expanding the reach of this site. Show More Summary

Ohio Public School District Removes “Higher Power Exists” from List of Core Value for Students

Back in May, a student sent me a page from the Rossford Exempted Village Schools handbook. The Ohio public school district listed its "core values" in the book and one of them was acknowledging that a "Higher power exists": That was out of place and illegal... Show More Summary

The Donald Trumping of the Religious Right

For decades now, the key to securing the Republican nomination for president has been the Religious Right. Comprising a large portion of the GOP's primary voters, candidates have had to increasingly pander to this socially conservative...Show More Summary

Five Muslim Extremists Charged with Murder of Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger

Some credit where it's due: It looks like Bangladeshi police officials are finally moving forward on seeking justice for at least one of the slain atheist bloggers.Back in March, Washiqur Rahman (below) was brutally killed, with his face hacked up:

Carbon-Dated Qur’an May Be Older Than Muhammad, Challenging Islam’s Most Basic Tenets

A Qur'an that may be the world’s oldest made a splash in July, when carbon dating at the University of Oxford placed it at about 1,370 years old -- the era of Muhammad. The "Birmingham Qur'an," named after the English university where...Show More Summary

The Warped Theology of Anti-Gay Christian Kim Davis in One Cartoon

Let Rowan County (Kentucky) clerk Kim Davis explain some biblical logic to you:

This Indiana High School Thinks It’s Perfectly Legal to Perform a Nativity Play at the Holiday Concert

It's one thing for a public school to include traditional Christmas carols in a holiday concert. But an all-out Nativity re-enactment?That's what happened at Concord High School in Indiana last year. They even announced the cast right in the program:

Pope Now Accepting Unnecessary Apologies for Abortion

In a move that's sure to piss off the old school Catholics already losing their minds over Pope Francis' relatively progressive tenure to date, the leader of the Church decided women who obtain abortions aren't beyond hope.In a letter...Show More Summary

If Kim Davis Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples, Arrest Her

Kim Davis, the Rowan County (Kentucky) clerk, began her descent into disgrace by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of Obergefell. She was then sued for failing to do her job, and the courts said she had to issue the licenses. Show More Summary

How Irresponsible Journalists Took Down a Scientist Without Gathering the Facts

If you're not familiar with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Timothy Hunt, the fact that he won a Nobel Prize should tell you about his contributions to the field. Beyond that, though, he's been a supporter of women in science, helpingShow More Summary

India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Faith-Based Starvation in Jainism

A few weeks ago, I posted about a messed-up ritual in the Jain religion known as sallekhana (or santhara) where you starve yourself to death.

Why Chick-fil-A Can Get Away with Bending Airport Rules

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how you know you're not just going through a "phase" when it comes to your religious doubts.

Revisiting the Tall Tales of Dr. Eben Alexander

Two years ago, Esquire's Luke Dittrich wrote a profile of Dr. Eben Alexander, the man who claimed to have visited Heaven while nearly dead, only to come back, write a book about it (Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife), and rake in the cash. Show More Summary

Kentucky Newspaper Blasts Liberty Counsel (Again) for Defending Anti-Gay Christian Clerk

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a fantastic editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith. The piece also called out Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason. Show More Summary

Freethought Group Forms in Pakistan, a Country Where Blasphemy is Still a Crime

With all the atheists who have been murdered in nearby India and Bangladesh recently, it's quite the act of courage to publicly announce that you're setting up a freethought center in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a country where blasphemy is still a crime. But that's what some brave atheists have done:

Duke Students Balk at Reading Assignment That Conflicts with Their Religious Beliefs

Duke University made headlines recently for something other than their athletic teams: their tremendously "pious" students. When Alison Bechdel's Fun Home was placed on the summer reading list, some incoming freshmen balked, feeling the content violated their religious beliefs and deeming the material "pornography."

Bryan Fischer: Mt. McKinley’s Being Renamed Because Obama Hates White Republican Americans

The White House announced yesterday that Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in the United States, would be renamed "Denali." It's what native Alaskans have long called the mountain and makes plenty of sense when you consider that President...Show More Summary

Researcher Finds Jesus in Ancient Planetary Alignment

Earlier today, researcher Miguel Antonio Fiol announced a major scientific discovery. And why go through the hassle of getting published in a peer-reviewed journal when you can just purchase a press release?Fiol says that you can see the crucifixion of Jesus in the planetary alignment from 33 A.D., the year Jesus supposedly died.

Appeals Court Rules That “Big Mountain Jesus” Statue in Montana Is Not Religious

If you were to go skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, a resort on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), you might come across a statue known as "Big Mountain Jesus": The reason that statue is allowed to be on theShow More Summary

A Christian College President Resigned Due to “Health Concerns”; He Was Actually Caught Having an Affair

Back in January, when South Carolina-based North Greenville College -- affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention -- announced the retirement of President Jimmy Epting, the press release made clear it was because of health concerns:

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