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After 14 Months of Waiting, Atheist Delivers Invocation Address at Orange County Budget Meeting

Earlier this month, an atheist finally delivered an invocation address before a meeting of the Orange County (FL) Board of County Commissioners.Sure, it took place at a Budget Workshop.Sure, it happened after 14 months of trying.Sure, it probably had something to do with the fact that he used to be a senior Orange County employee... But still! Go Warren Geltch!

Another Snake-Handling Christian Dies After Snakebite (and Refusing Medical Help)

In February of 2014, Pastor Jamie Coots of the snake-handling "Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name" church in Middlesboro, Kentucky (and one of the stars of the show "Snake Salvation") died from a snakebite. It's possible he was merely...Show More Summary

Right-Wing Writer Wants Boy Scouts to “Shut the Whole Thing Down” Rather Than Allow Gay Leaders

As you may have heard, the Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to drop their ban on gay scout leaders. Predictably, this caused anguish in certain circles (the Mormon Church, for instance, was "deeply troubled" by this development).

These Cool Christians Will Convert You in No Time

These Christians are super-cool. They got one brown person. I think it means I'm next.

Why Humanists Must Care About Civil Rights

After more than a decade serving as the executive director of the American Humanist Association, Roy Speckhardt has witnessed and helped create the demographic shift away from organized religion. He also knows the questions atheistsShow More Summary

A Mockumentary About the “Dangers” of Role-Playing Games

Remember the movie that came out last year about the horrors of "Dungeons & Dragons"? As I said then, it wasn't really a Christian movie, per se, but rather the sort of movie atheists would make if they wanted to turn Jack Chick’s work...Show More Summary

Rowan County (NC) Commissioners Appeal Judge’s Decision So They Can Keep Praying to Jesus at Meetings

I posted back in May about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

At Priest’s Suggestion, Nepalese Men Slaughter 10-Year-Old Boy in Human Sacrifice

In a case of superstition turning deadly in Nepal, Kodai Harijan admitted to killing 10-year-old Jivan Kohar because a holy man told him it was the only way to cure his son:

Playing it “Cool” Won’t Save Christianity

The ongoing American exodus from church pews is not news. It's been happening for years. Religious leaders know this. They've scrambled time and time again to find ways to keep butts in their seats. One of the more amusing tactics has...Show More Summary

High School Ten Commandments Monument Will Stay After Judge Says Plaintiffs Didn’t Have Proper Standing

This is the Ten Commandments monument sitting outside Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (not far from Pittsburgh): It's been there since 1957, when it was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. For a long time, no one did anything about it, but a few years ago, several plaintiffs filed a lawsuit to have that display removed. Show More Summary

Bryan Fischer’s Latest Lie: The Lafayette Shooter “Was a Big Time Barack Obama Supporter”

I know Bryan Fischer has no credibly outside his Christian bubble, but he outdid himself with his latest lie. Usually, Fischer and his buddies (like pseudo-historian David Barton) take a shred of truth and wildly distort it to suit their needs. In this case, even that bit of truth was missing.

Fox News Host Endorses Separation of Church and State… Wait, What?

For some reason, I was getting a lot of angry email from Christians yesterday morning telling me that if I didn't like "In God We Trust" on our money, I shouldn't use it. I had no idea what prompted them to use JesusLogic on me until I saw this clip from yesterday's episode of Outnumbered on Fox News Channel. Show More Summary

9 Things You Should Know About Jehovah’s Witnesses

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 9 things you should know about Jehovah's Witnesses.

Boy Scouts of America Finally Ends Ban on Gay Leaders, but Atheists Are Still Not Welcome

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America finally said gay scouts would not be kicked out of the organization, but gay scout leaders were still banned.Last month, the BSA's own President, Robert Gates, said the homophobia had to stop or the...Show More Summary

For These Campers, “How Do We Know?” Is the Most Important Question They Can Ask

Over 100 young campers began arriving on July 5 at the beautiful, forested Camp Quest campground in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northern California. They were looking forward to a whole week of interesting camp activities and outdoor fun, but unaware that Terrible Lizards were lurking nearby, waiting to spring out!

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 65: Bart Campolo, Humanist Chaplain and Former Evangelical Christian

Our latest podcast guest is Bart Campolo, a former evangelical Christian leader (and son of famed pastor Tony Campolo) who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Over the Weekend, Nearly 100 Mormons Submitted Their Resignation Letters to the LDS Church

In April of 2014, atheists organized a mass resignation from the Mormon Church for any members who wanted to participate.Over the weekend, nearly 100 Mormons did it on their own:

I Called Touch ‘Em All Ministries and This Is What Happened

A lot of people have been sending me this image of a Christian ministry's vehicle... for a very obvious reason: They are seriously named "Touch 'Em All Ministries." TEAM is a group "dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with...Show More Summary

Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Ten Commandments Monument Case

Last month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol was unconstitutional:

Gordon Klingenschmitt: The Boy Scouts Shouldn’t Allow Gay Leaders Because “It Will Lead to Child Abuse”

Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who doubles as the host of his own paranoia-fueled "Pray In Jesus Name" talk show, sent a warning to the Boy Scouts of America today before they officially open the doors to gay scout leaders.Says Klingenschmitt: That'll lead to all sorts of child abuse:

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