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The Atheist Lobby’s Leader in Washington Reflects on His First Year in the Position

It was just over a year ago that Larry T. Decker, a self-described "unaffiliated Christian" at the time, became the new Executive Director for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group representing atheists on Capitol Hill. I spoke with him about the organization, what he's learned, and what lies ahead for atheists interested in having a seat at the table in politics.

Italian Archbishop Blames Stupidity, Atheism, and a Weak Church for the Rise of Islam

Of all the things you'd expect to find in a more secular society, the universal embrace of Islam is probably not very high on the list. But Monsignor Carlo Liberati, bishop emeritus of Pompeii, said that atheism and overall stupidity will lead to a stronger Islam. Somehow.

South Dakota Republicans Propose Legislation to Weaken the Teaching of Evolution in Schools

South Dakota Republicans have already proposed legislation designed to weaken the teaching of science in schools across the state.

WWE Superstar Seth Rollins: I’m “100% Atheist” and a “Disbeliever All the Way”

I know nothing about professional wrestling, but I'm told that this is big news: WWE superstar Seth Rollins says he's an atheist:

Jesus Doesn’t Always Save the Day…

I don't know why people are so excited for His return.

Bob Jones U., a School That Banned Interracial Dating Until 2000, Is Finally Observing MLK Day

For the first time in the school's history, Bob Jones University observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. That's a pretty big deal for a fundamentalist Christian school that didn't even accept black students until the 1970s and banned interracial dating until as recently as 2000 because "it breaks down the barriers God has established."

Likely Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Has Long Mixed Faith and Politics; So Has Her Family

Betsy DeVos, who may become the next Secretary of Education, has been a longtime supporter of using taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Now, in a lengthy profile of her just before the start of her confirmation hearings, POLITICO's Zack Stanton highlights how her Christian faith would likely guide her policy decisions.

Judge: Taxpayer Money Can Be Used to Fund Church Renovations in Morris County, New Jersey

Should taxpayer dollars be used to help repair or maintain churches? In New Jersey, the answer is now "Yes." A judge said last week that more than $5.5 million in "historic preservation grants" given to churches over the past five years by officials in Morris County were legal because they didn't directly promote faith.

After Comedian Refers to Communion As “Haunted Bread,” Priest Files Complaint with Irish Government

A comedian mocked the Catholic concept of communion -- in which worshipers believe they are eating the actual body of Christ -- on a recent episode of the Late Late Show on Ireland's RTÉ television. In a nation where blasphemy laws still exist, priests aren't handling the humor very well.

Adult Film Star Kim Holland Apologizes After Shooting Scene Inside of Church Without Permission

Of all the sacrilegious things atheists could do in a church, I tend to draw a line at anything that gets in the way of those who are peacefully worshiping.You swallow a communion wafer despite not being Catholic? Doesn't really bug me.Shooting a porn scene near the confessional booth? Too far.

“Exorcist” Bob Larson Repeatedly Touches Deranged Man with a Bible to “Cure” Him in This Video

Self-described exorcist Bob Larson works on his toughest demon yet in this Vic Berger supercut.

Podcast Ep. 144: Rebecca Hensler, Founder of Grief Beyond Belief

Our latest podcast guest is Rebecca Hensler, the founder of Grief Beyond Belief, a Facebook group devoted to faith-free grief support for those who have just lost a loved one.

The Salt Lake Tribune Just Realized The Satanic Temple is All About “Making a Point”

Now that there's an After School Satan club in a Utah elementary school, the Salt Lake Tribune seems to have discovered the dirty truth about The Satanic Temple: A big part of their activism is about challenging people's ideas of what religious privilege entails. It has nothing to do with actual belief in Satan. (Shocking!)

After 64 Years, A Giant Christian Cross Has Finally Been Removed From a Santa Clara (CA) Park

A 14-foot-tall Christian cross in a Santa Clara (California) public park is no longer there thanks to atheists who fought the illegal promotion of Christianity.

Donald Trump Is Now Surrounded By a “Shield of Prayer.” (Good Luck Figuring Out If It Works)

In case you missed it, Donald Trump is now surrounded by a "Shield of Prayer" after right-wing Christians spent Thursday and Friday erecting a wall around the President-elect... in their minds.

Who Knew Jesus Was Just a Click Away?

Christians were right: Jesus came back! And to think we almost missed Him...

Sometimes, Sacred Cows Need To Be Tipped

YouTuber Alex J. O'Connor (a.k.a. CosmicSkeptic) does an excellent job talking about why no idea is sacred.

An Atheist Tried Finding Love on Various Religious Dating Websites… At Least It Was Entertaining

Hana Nobel, writing for The Bold Italic, attempted to meet the man of her dreams by trying various religious dating sites -- everything from Christian Mingle to Atheist Passions (which is apparently a thing).

Sangamon County (IL) Board Lets Elected Officials Give Divisive Christian Invocations at Meetings

The Sangamon County Board in Illinois allows elected officials to deliver invocations, and at least one of them is abusing that privilege. All the more reason to eliminate the invocation and just get down to work.

Gallup Poll: 1.9% of “Highly Religious” Americans Are LGBT, but the Number Jumps to 7% Among Nones

A new Gallup poll shows stark differences between very religious and non-religious Americans when it comes to identifying as LGBT.

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