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California Tells Non-Theistic Parolee He Does Not Have to Enter a Religious Drug Treatment Program

Last week, I posted about how Taylor Bast, who was arrested on drug charges, was told by his parole officer that he had to take part in a substance abuse program or he could end up in jail. Unfortunately, all three programs offered to him by the state of California were religious, while Bast is a non-theistic Buddhist. Show More Summary

North Carolina Democrats Add Atheists to List of Protected Classes in Party Platform

Susanne Werner, the chair of the Secular Coalition for North Carolina, attended the state's Democratic Party convention last week and noticed an omission from the party's platform on civil rights: It didn't include anything about protecting the non-religious.She decided to say something about it. And to her surprise, people listened.

Wegmans Store Refuses to Make Cake for Ex-Muslim Group Because Their Existence is “Offensive”

To celebrate their third anniversary, the Ex-Muslims of North America recently contacted a Wegmans grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia with a simple request: They wanted to buy a cake with the group's logo on it along with the phrase "Congratulations on 3 years!!" They weren't asking for a drawing of Muhammad or a statement condemning Islam. Show More Summary

Every New Copy of Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker Will Have a Unique Cover

If you read Richard Dawkins' 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, then you might remember that he created a computer program to simulate how evolution works. His "biomorphs" ultimately evolved in ways he couldn't have anticipated -- and that...Show More Summary

These Jehovah’s Witnesses Propaganda Films Urge You to Be Faithful, Despite Common Sense

In his latest video picking apart the messages coming out of this summer's Jehovah's Witnesses regional conferences, Lloyd Evans explains and analyzes the Job and Hezekiah propaganda films.They're professional, well-made, and disturbing as hell.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Prayer Caucus Leader, Laments Church/State Separation in Op-Ed Piece

Rep. Randy Forbes, the Virginia Republican who founded the Congressional Prayer Caucus and frequently mixed church and state during his 15 years in Congress, lost his primary battle last week. (Boo hoo.) However, he's not done tearing down the wall of separation yet. Show More Summary

Podcast Ep. 114: Katherine Ozment, Author of Grace Without God

Our latest podcast guest is Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age. Ozment has worked for National Geographic and Boston magazine and been published in the New York Times. Show More Summary

Scenes from Today’s Protest Outside Christian Hate Pastor Roger Jimenez’s Verity Baptist Church

Last week, Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California made news after saying in a sermon that he was sad that the Orlando nightclub shooter didn't "finish the job," that the real tragedy was that "more of them didn’t die," and that the government should really be executing gay people via firing squad. Show More Summary

One of India’s Largest Scientific Organizations Wants Research Fellows to Sign Oath to God

It's bad enough that many government officials have to take an oath of office that includes references to God. But it's so much worse when that oath applies to federal scientists who are even less likely to believe in such nonsense.In...Show More Summary

Atheists Are Asking Why a Prayer Event in Mission Viejo (CA) Included Two Elected Officials

When it comes to speaking at religious events, the rules for elected officials are pretty damn simple: Don't do it while acting as a representative of the government. That means Bob the Christian can tell you how awesome Jesus is, but...Show More Summary

ABC News Quietly Pulled Christian Bigot Tony Perkins From Their Sunday Morning Roundtable

Here's an interesting move: ABC News had scheduled Christian hate group leader Tony Perkins (of the Family Research Council) to appear on today's episode of This Week, then quietly removed him from the lineup after many people complained.Whether...Show More Summary

The Man Who Allegedly Murdered Atheist Writer Avijit Roy Has Been Shot Dead By Bangladeshi Police

Avijit Roy was killed in February of 2015 as he and his wife were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Two attackers came after them with cleavers and "hacked them mercilessly." His wife survived. Roy did not. This morning, police got into a gunfight with Roy's alleged assailant "Sharif" and killed him:

After Battle With Terminal Illness, “Heaven Over Hospital” Child Dies at Home (As She Requested)

A terminally ill five-year-old who said she wouldn't want to go to the hospital if things got really bad passed away this week. Julianna Snow died in her home, surrounded by the people she loved.But was it unfair for her parents to tell her that her choices were "Heaven" or "hospital"? A lot of critics say so.I'm not buying it.

Tennessee Pastor: Orlando Shootings Were Just Part of “God’s Wrath” Against “the Gays”

You thought we were done with Christian pastors making heartless comments about the victims in Orlando? Then you don't know Christian pastors.At Beech Cliff Pentecostal Holiness Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, this was the sign Pastor Jesse Price put up this week:

Ken Ham: Evolution Is Way Worse Than the Noah’s Ark Story (Despite the Genocide and Incest)

Here's a typical Ken Ham tweet for you: Atheists accuse me of THIS, but they believe in [INSERT LIE HERE]!But I think he gave up on this one halfway through:

Bible Bits in Cartoon Form

Cartoonist Ruy Platt has been working on a series depicting scenes from the Bible. I'm sure Sunday School teachers everywhere will love them.

New Brunswick Courthouse Eliminates Courtroom 13 Because Some Feel It’s Unlucky

Don't worry, everyone. The existence of Courtroom 13 in Saint John, New Brunswick will no longer be a problem. (In other news: This was apparently a problem.)

This Poster Seen Inside a Virginia Church Is Really Disturbing…

Yesterday, a reader visited a church in Lynchburg, Virginia where he came across this poster on the wall. See if you can figure out why it bothered him so much...

Muslims Attack Istanbul Music Event, Upset That It Took Place During Ramadan

Yesterday, a listening event at an independent record store in Istanbul, where Radiohead fans were celebrating the release of the group's new album, unexpectedly turned violent when outraged religionists showed up.

How Many Levels of Protests Will Take Place on Opening Day of the Noah’s Ark Theme Park?

I thought the Reason Rally was going to be unique as far as atheist/Christian protest wars went. I mean, where else would you find that many passionate groups of people arguing against one another about their religious differences?Apparently,...Show More Summary

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