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Reli-Fraud Is Under-Discussed and Under-Reported in Churches; Ephren Taylor’s Jesus Scam

How do religious shysters build entire financial empires? Why do they get away with running obvious Ponzi schemes for years on end, while no one appears to ask them any hard questions?Cathy Lerman, a Florida lawyer who is representing...Show More Summary

This Ignorant Christian Parent Misunderstood Her Child’s History Homework and Caused a Stir Online

When I was teaching math -- let's say it was trigonometry -- I always tried to put a question on the unit test that looked like this:Explain to an intelligent 8-year-old why the value of sine can never be greater than 1.In other words,...Show More Summary

Creationists May Have Given Up More Than $18,000,000 in Tax Rebates Because They Want to Discriminate in Hiring

Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham's ministry, is a religious non-profit. That's why the Creation Museum can require you to sign a "statement of faith" if you want to work there.Ark Encounter, the Noah's Ark theme park that's eligible for millions of dollars in tax rebates, is a for-profit business. Show More Summary

From Europe, Evidence That More Schooling Leads to Less Religiosity… and a Reduction in Superstitious Beliefs

There is a deep anti-intellectual streak that runs through much of religious America, and it's entirely justified. No, I'm not saying that we ought to give the thumbs-up to poor thinking skills and the inability to distinguish facts from fiction. Show More Summary

Canadian Wilderness Guide Denied Job Because Employer Says She Went to an Anti-Gay Christian School

Usually, when I hear stories of Christians being discriminated against, it's complete bullshit. They probably did something wrong, they were punished for it, and now they're hiding behind their religion. But in this instance, it actually...Show More Summary

Student-Led Prayers Are Okay… but What’s This?

In an article for the Cape Gazette in Delware, editor Dave Frederick wrote about how two local football teams met at midfield after the game...... to give thanks and put the football game into perspective, yielding to a higher power....Show More Summary

A Famous Pastor’s Son Becomes an Atheist and Explains the Power of Community

Bart Campolo grew up the son of a famous Christian pastor but, like Rachael Slick and many others, he turned out to be an atheist. In fact, he's now the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California, a position that took...Show More Summary

Where’s Jesus? Check Aisle 5

If you were to visit the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) store in Paxton, Illinois, you might notice something interesting in Aisle 5:

Jehovah’s Witnesses Just Launched Their Own Online TV Station and It’s Creepy as Hell

Over the weekend, the Jehovah's Witnesses held the Watch Tower Society Annual General Meeting during which they announced the launch of their own online television network. I'll admit it looks a lot more professional than, say, American...Show More Summary

Even Christianity Today Thinks the New Left Behind Film is Awful

You already knew the Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage was going to be bad when you heard that Nicolas Cage was starring in a Left Behind remake: But when publications like Christianity Today give the movie a half-star ratingShow More Summary

More Proof That U.S. Military Officials Are Illegally Preaching Christianity

Once again, we have evidence that U.S. military leaders are proselytizing to the soldiers who work under them.Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers points out two specific problems:

Canadian Pastafarian Denied Drivers License After Requesting to Wear Colander on Head in Picture

You know what I love about Pastafarians? The devoted ones stick to their beliefs no matter the circumstances.This past August, British Columbia resident Obi Canuel wanted to renew his driver's license with a colander on his head, asShow More Summary

Alaska City Assembly Votes for Inclusive Invocations, but They Will “Draw the Line on Satanists or Atheists”

Last night, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly in Alaska decided to approve an ordinance that would allow invocation prayers at their meetings. No surprise there. Since Greece v. Galloway, many city governments have been doing just that. Show More Summary

Ray Comfort on Stephen Hawking: “The Bible Says He’s a Fool”

Physicist Stephen Hawking recently came out (explicitly) as an atheist, leading Ray Comfort, on his online show, to call him a fool.Let me repeat that: Creationist Ray Comfort thinks one of the most brilliant people to ever live is a "fool"... Show More Summary

Why Do Many Atheists Still Eat Animals?

If you're a Humanist, and you believe all living beings are near or distant cousins -- branches of a larger evolutionary tree -- how does that impact your diet? How does that change how you treat animals?Kim Socha believes animal liberation...Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 23: Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Research Associate with PRRI

Our latest podcast guest is Juhem Navarro-Rivera, research associate at the Public Religion Research Institute. PRRI publishes some of the most important and credible surveys when it comes to tracking religious demographics in the United States.This episode is sponsored by Be Secular. Readers of this site can get a 10% discount on products by using the promo code "Friendly"!

WaPo Reporter Gene Weingarten, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Wrote “Me & Dog,” a Children’s Book on Godlessness

I consider the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten to be one of the best journalists in the country. He jumped onto my radar screen five years ago, with a truly gut-wrenching feature article about distracted parents who leave their young...Show More Summary

This Saturday, Atheists Will Participate in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles and You Can Help

The AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a phenomenal event that has happened every year since 1985. About 30,000 people, all walking together in a powerful symbol of unity and determination, have raised more than $77 million over the years for the AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than two dozen other organizations giving vital services to people living with AIDS.

Church Kicks Out Alcoholics Anonymous Group For Fear They’ll Be Forced to Host Gay Weddings

In Keithville, Louisiana, a church has banned an Alcoholics Anonymous group from meeting on its premises for fear that they’ll later be forced to hold same-sex weddings. Last month, Pastor David Venable of Westwood Baptist Church (not to be confused with the Westboro Baptist Church) sent a letter to the leaders of the AA group, letting [Read More...]

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