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Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

Dr. Victor J. Stenger, the physicist and prolific author who wrote the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, died late Wednesday night in Hawaii at the age of 79. Phylliss, his wife of more than 50 years, told me via email that the cause was "an aneurysm next to his heart." He will be cremated on Saturday and a memorial will be held in Honolulu on Sunday.

Former InterVarsity Leader at Vanderbilt: We Were “Kicked Off Campus for Being the Wrong Kind of Christians”

Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an "all comers" policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideologicalShow More Summary

Man Claiming to Be the “Dark Lord” Arrested for Burning Up and Urinating on a Bible on Church Property

Last night, a representative from Prescott, Arizona's Gospel Rescue Mission called the police because he saw someone burning something on the front steps of the building.It turns out that 22-year-old Eric Minerault (below) was burning up and urinating on a wet Bible.

Disturbing Video Surfaces of Christian Family Beating Gay Son

For every heartwarming coming-out story, there's one that will make you sick.Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, has one of those stories. He came out several months ago to an "unresponsive" family, but this week, he managed to film an abusive altercation between them about his sexual orientation. Show More Summary

Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge

At yesterday's meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), Mayor John Rees announced that they would begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, as many government meetings do, and asked everyone to stand up.John Thoreau, an atheist, remained seated. Show More Summary

Director of Seventh-day Adventist Alternative School Arrested for Child Neglect

Miracle Meadows School is a Seventh-day Adventist-run alternative school in Salem, West Virginia. Tuition is $2,900 a month, and the school meets year-round. They encourage parents to send their children there if they're being dishonest,...Show More Summary

Why Are Soldiers in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program Being Given Copies of “The Purpose Driven Life”?

At Fort Gordon in Georgia, military personnel who have substance abuse problems may be directed by their superiors to go into the "Army Substance Abuse Program": Soldiers are encouraged to seek help voluntarily for drug and alcohol problems. Show More Summary

Oklahoma Judge Strikes Down Vouchers for Special Needs’ Students Because Public Money Was Going to Religious Schools

Oklahoma passed a law in 2010, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act, that provided vouchers to students with special needs. The students could attend one of 49 private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.But there was a major problem. Show More Summary

22 Reasons to Stop Believing in God

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 22 reasons to stop believing in God:

Say It With Me: I’m a Hispanic Atheist

This is a guest post written by César J. Baldelomar. César is currently a student at the Florida International University College of Law. He has written several articles on politics, culture, and religion.... Though I grew up in a moderately Catholic household and attended Catholic institutions from age three until my college graduation from St. Show More Summary

Megachurch Pastor Uses Drone Imagery to Convince People to Come to Church

If you were to make a list of the problems with religion, topping that list might be its involvement in wars, both real and cultural. Religion can be used as a weapon to marginalize different groups of people (like the LGBT community)...Show More Summary

There’s No Reason Public High Schools Need Chaplains for the Football Team

While we're on the subject of Christians who think they can get away with breaking the law, what's with all these pastors who think they can double as chaplains of the local public high school football team? The Freedom From Religion...Show More Summary

Rick Santorum Wrongly Thinks Students “Can’t Pray in School”

In an interview with the website Vocativ, former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum explained (again) that he really doesn't understand the causes he fights so vehemently against:

People Are Seriously Defending Public School Plaques Given “in the Name of the Holy Christian Church”

If you visited Mountain Peak Elementary School or Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas last year, you would've seen this plaque hanging near the entrances:

After Religious Convocation in Mississippi School District, Officials Promise a Secular Ceremony Next Year

A few days ago, I wrote about how the Jackson Public School District in Mississippi had held a mandatory, three-hour-long convocation for all faculty members that included plenty of nods to Jesus.You would have never guessed it looking at the properly bland event description on the district's website:

Incorrigible Pastor and GOP Candidate Jody Hice Spreads One Misattributed Quotation After Another

I keep this smartypants meme handy on my computer desktop so I can quickly post it, when called for, in certain comment threads on Facebook. In my experience, the most common Internet misattributions have some link to religion, a field where a reverence for facts is often doubtful to begin with and grotesque fabrications are baked right into the faith's foundational "truths."

If Elected Judge, Her First Order of Business Will Be Putting Up a Ten Commandments Display in the Court Building

Lauren Saucier (below) is one of four candidates vying to become a judge on the Pineville (Louisiana) City Court. And if she gets elected, she already knows her first order of business: Putting up a Ten Commandments display in the court building:

Georgia Pastor Breaks Law to Promote His Church, Then Complains When City Threatens a Lawsuit

Here's a perfect example of a Christian who thinks the law doesn't apply to him because he answers to a Higher Power.Sonny Serigney, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Grovetown, Georgia, wanted to promote his church, so he installed a 19,000-bulb LED sign on church property to do just that:

Would You Still Fight Religion If It Did Nothing Worse Than Provide Comfort?

Three years ago, Anna Whiston-Donaldson, a mother and writer in Virginia, experienced the almost unimaginable pain of losing a child. Her son Jack drowned in a creek just up the street from the family's home. He was only 12. Donaldson just published a memoir of her grief. Here's one quote:

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 12: James Randi and Banachek

Update: We have several interviews from The Amazing Meeting that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks, so enjoy this bonus episode! … Our latest podcast guests are James Randi and Banachek: James Randi is the legendary investigator of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims and the namesake of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Banachek is [Read More...]

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