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Archived Since:February 23, 2008

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Why the “Atheist Positivity Challenge” is Wildly Misguided

In an article on Salon, Steve Neumann suggests that atheists spend too much time "gloating about the lunacy and misdeeds of specific Christians." In an effort to halt this "unnecessary" and "counterproductive" behavior, and to "rehabilitate the reputation of atheism in America," he has issued what he calls the Atheist Positivity Challenge (APC):... Show More Summary

An Atheist Will Deliver the Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama (!) Later This Week

Back in June, we learned that the City Council in Huntsville, Alabama had invited Blake Kirk to deliver an upcoming invocation, only to rescind that offer after learning that he was a Wiccan. They cited "community fears" as the reason for his rejection. Show More Summary

After Atheist’s (Second) Impassioned Plea Against “In God We Trust” Signs, Ballwin Officials Reject Them in 6-2 Vote

Remember how the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri were thinking about putting up "In God We Trust" displays on all city-owned buildings? The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to make that happen.A couple of weeks ago, at a Board meeting, atheist Nikki Moungo urged the aldermen to reconsider the idea with an impassioned speech. Show More Summary

More Like Oh No-ly Water

Okay, I was wrong. Babies can be atheists: (via Tosh.0. Thanks to Terry for the link)

New Survey Says Americans Equally Split Between Those Who Think Government Gets in the Way of Religion and Vice Versa

According to the 2014 American Values Survey just released by the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans are equally divided between those who worry about religious groups turning their beliefs into law (e.g. Hobby Lobby) and those who worry that government is interfering with their faith (e.g. Show More Summary

Americans Now Think Evangelical Christians Are More Discriminated Against Than Atheists

A new survey out today by the Pew Research Forum shows that more Americans than ever before (72%) think religion is losing its influence on society… and, for some reason, many of them think that’s a bad thing. Don’t get too excited. What that’s saying is that a lot of Americans wish religion had more [Read More...]

John Oliver Brilliantly Debunks the Scholarship Claim Made by Miss America Pageant Organizers

In case you missed it last night, John Oliver's team on Last Week Tonight did what all good skeptics do: They heard a claim that everyone just takes for granted (in this case, made by Miss America Pageant organizers), dug into the details, and discovered the evidence for it was incredibly dubious.The whole segment is terrific, but the relevant portion begins at the 7:23 mark:

Atheist Group Helps to Clean Up Southern California River (Again)

In our continuing series, "Atheists Caught Being Good," here is another chapter about a local group of atheists joining in with their community to make things better for everyone. [caption width="519" align="alignnone"](Photo courtesy...Show More Summary

Gay Couple Told by Catholic Priest That They Must Divorce if They Want to Remain in the Church

Here's another example of religion making an otherwise decent person act like an asshole -- because it's what his faith teaches him to do.Rev. Samuel Spiering became the administrator of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church (below) in Lewistown, Montana early last month. Show More Summary

British Humanist Association Launches New Ad Campaign Answering the Question, “What’s It All For?”

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which is the largest broadcaster in the world, runs a daily segment called "Thought for the Day," offering a religious perspective on current events. We've posted before about how Humanists...Show More Summary

Americans United: Teen Who Took Pic of Himself Getting Blown by Jesus Statue Doesn’t Deserve “Desecration” Charge

I posted a couple of times now about a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord: He's currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration, a charge that is wildly out of proportion for what he did. Show More Summary

Staff Members in This Oklahoma School District Plan to Lead and Pray at “See You at the Pole” Events This Week

This Wednesday, Christian students across the country will be participating in "See You at the Pole," where they gather around the schools flagpole and pray. The most important thing to recognize is that it must be a student-led event...Show More Summary

Ex-Gay Evangelical Suggests We Treat Our Gay Friends Like They Have Cancer

Last week, the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religion Liberty Commission (ERLC) posted a video of friendly Christians tackling a difficult subject: "How to Care For Your Gay Neighbor."(Translation: "How to Justify Your Hatred...Show More Summary

The Ocala (FL) Police Department is Less Effective Than Prayer

A few days ago, Chief Greg Graham of the Ocala Police Department in Florida posted an unusual letter to the department's Facebook page. Co-signed by community development director for the Ocala/Marion County Family YMCA Narvella Haynes, the letter called for public prayer to help stop crime:

If This Guy’s the Poster Boy for Golden State Baptist College, I’d Hate to Find Out Who the School is Ashamed Of…

Here's a friendly suggestion for Golden State Baptist College.If you're going to promote a graduate of your school as a role model for future students...... maybe you should make sure he didn't commit "lewd acts" on a 14-year-old girl when he was just starting out as a pastor:

After 16 Years and 7 Kids, This Quiverfull Mother Got a Divorce from Her Abusive Husband (and Left Jesus, Too)

At the American Atheists National Convention this year, Vyckie Garrison spoke about how she left the Quiverfull movement after giving birth to seven children and being hailed by many as a model Christian wife:

21 Important Moments in the Life of An Atheist

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 21 important moments in the life of an atheist:

Young Adult Novels Strengthened Her Faith. But the Bible Soon Put a Stop to That

It's interesting to me what keeps people in Christianity and what they believe keeps them in it. There were a few things, as I was growing up in the Sovereign Grace Ministries cult, that were "approved" for my media consumption but were directly counterproductive to keeping me in step with the cult's ideology. Show More Summary

Arkansas State Officials Now Say Football Players Can Wear Crosses on Their Helmets If They Want To

Two weeks ago, Arkansas State's football players were seen on TV with Christian crosses on their helmets: The crosses were there, we learned later, to honor a former player and manager, both of whom died earlier this year. But sentiment doesn't mean you're allowed to break the law. Show More Summary

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