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CBS Sunday Morning Airs Terrific Segment on Atheism in America

CBS Sunday Morning aired an excellent segment this morning on the Openly Secular campaign and the difficulties of coming out as an atheist whether it's due to skin color, geography, or just plain fear.My friend Neil Carter, who blogs at Godless in Dixie, was featured in it (and did an excellent job). Show More Summary

Mike Huckabee: The Military is Too Hostile to Christians, So Don’t Enlist Until Obama Leaves Office

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, who says he'll announce whether or not he'll run for President on May 5, made news for an entirely different reason on Friday.Rather than encourage people to enlist in the military -- something you'd think...Show More Summary

Australian Government Drops Religious Exemptions from New Vaccination Laws

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (below) announced that he would close the loophole allowing anti-vaccination parents to receive child care subsidies from the government. Beginning in 2016, conscientious objectors to vaccinations would no longer receive subsidies that were worth up to $15,000 per child. Show More Summary

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Next Major Grant Will Benefit Starfish, a Group Helping Young Women in Guatemala

When we launched Foundation Beyond Belief in 2010, the plan was to encourage atheists to give to a bunch of amazing charities -- 10 of them each quarter, to be precise -- and help make giving to others a habit for secular people (who...Show More Summary

A New Children’s Book Explores How to Make the Most of Life (God Not Included)

Michelle Iturrate has written a short neat book for children all about exploring the world without the filter of religion. It's called How: A Day in the Life of a Young Humanist (Young Humanist Books, LLC).

Center For Inquiry Will Testify Against Homeopathy During Upcoming FDA Hearings

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to hold public hearings regarding the regulation of homeopathic drugs, and it's good to know that the Center For Inquiry, which has long campaigned against the selling of the expensive placebo masquerading as real medicine, will be providing testimony:

Irish Atheist Exposes Jury Duty Loophole After Getting Ordained as Pastafarian Minister

Ireland allows religious leaders (priests, ministers, etc.) to get out of jury duty because, the reasoning goes, their congregations need them at all times. It's a convenient excuse that privileges those leaders over teachers, CEOs,Show More Summary

Another Compilation of Lawrence Krauss’ Best Arguments and Retorts

Even more great stuff in this compilation of physicist Lawrence Krauss' best arguments and retorts:

College Atheist Group Erects Signs on Campus with Thought-Provoking Questions

Yesterday, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison put up a bunch of signs on campus hoping to start some conversations. It was all part of Ask An Atheist Day:

In Canada, Government Prayer Ban is Already Being Tested

A couple of days ago, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the city of Saguenay in Quebec could not have Catholic prayers at meetings (as was tradition). While the decision was a welcome one, it was also narrow, applying only to Saguenay. What about other cities with religious invocations?Well, one mayor is already testing the law by saying he ain't getting rid of his prayers:

After Teenager is Killed in Shooting, Local Sheriff Blames Lack of God and Prayer in Schools

14-year-old DezJuan Sanders was killed in a shooting earlier this week in Elkhart, Indiana. It's a devastating loss that's rattled the community, and on Wednesday, citizens had a chance to ask questions to community leaders.While some...Show More Summary

What To Do (and What Not To Do) If Someone Threatens Your Kid with Hell

Suppose you're a non-believer and someone tells your child that he will go to Hell for not believing a certain thing or because he's not baptized. What do you do? Whether it’s at school, or with friends, or at a religious event of some...Show More Summary

A Public High School in Georgia Just Had a Local Church “Present the Gospel” to Students

Troup County Comprehensive High School is the place that recently invited Creationist Eric Hovind to give an anti-evolution presentation under the guise of teaching critical thinking. Principal Chip Medders defended the invitation, saying...Show More Summary

Cochran (Georgia) City Council Will Hoist Christian Flag Above Courthouse, Against Attorney’s Advice

The city council members in Cochran, Georgia have a novel way of settling church/state separation issues. Like hoisting a Christian flag in front of the courthouse.They just figure out what the majority wants and follow suit:

If This Man Gets His Way, There Will Soon Be a Replica of Noah’s Ark in Jacksonville

Watch out, Ken Ham. You have company.The city of Jacksonville, Florida is trying to sell off a huge 40-acre tract of land (the Shipyards) near downtown and they're currently taking bids from developers.Option 1: Iguana Investments, which...Show More Summary

I Love the Woman Invoking the “Religious Freedom” Argument to Keep Feeding the Homeless… but She’s Still Wrong

For nearly a decade, Joan Cheever (below) has been handing out food to the homeless in San Antonio, but she was given a ticket last week:

Here’s How We Could See an Atheist Member of Congress in 2016

At the moment, there are no openly non-theistic members of Congress. There was Rep. Pete Stark up until 2012... and then nobody.But there's reason to think that could change in 2016.Here's how it would work.Last month, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that she would be retiring after nearly three decades in the Senate.

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