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Mount Soledad Cross Transferred to Private Land, Ending a Battle That Began Over 25 Years Ago

Yes, we are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross.Here's a quick recap in case you're unfamiliar with the story: The controversy, which began more than 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego -- a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. Show More Summary

How a Former Chaplain Ditched Her Faith and Helped Others Get Away from God

A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain... but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start...Show More Summary

Secular Invocation in DeLand, Florida Includes Charlie Chaplin Line: “In This World There is Room for Everyone”

Last night, during a meeting of the DeLand City Commission in Florida, Jake Lee Smith delivered that city's first-ever secular invocation:

New United Arab Emirates Anti-Discrimination Law Will Punish Vocal Atheists Who Criticize Religion

You'll be happy to know that President Sheikh Khalifa of Abu Dhabi just enacted a new law making it a crime to discriminate on the basis of "religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin." Just one problem with that. They're not kidding about protecting people on the basis of religion:

Black Skeptics LA Announce Winners of “First in the Family” College Scholarships

I mentioned back in April that the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles was giving out "First in the Family" scholarships, aimed at helping students who were the first in their family to go to college. This year, the Freedom From Religion...Show More Summary

On Friday, An Atheist Officiated the First-Ever Gay Wedding in Puerto Rico

On Friday, writers Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega joined together in the first-ever gay wedding in Puerto Rico.And Luis R. Ramos (below), a Humanist celebrant, officiated the historic event.

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 64: Dr. Paul Offit, Vaccine Expert

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert. Dr. Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Show More Summary

In Defense of the $100 Million Donation Toward the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

After all those pictures of Pluto came back last week, plenty of people oohed and aahed over the details in the images. It's really incredible that we landed on the moon 46 years ago and we're already exploring the edge of our solarShow More Summary

What Ta-Nehisi Coates, an Atheist, Can Teach Us About Social Advocacy

Ta-Nehisi Coates is undeniably one of the strongest and most influential voices on racial inequality today. He also is one of the most polarizing. For those who have followed the career of The Atlantic's Coates -- or, indeed, this blog -- it's far from a revelation that he is an atheist. Show More Summary

To Counter California Drought, Some Farmers Are Resorting to “Water Witches”

It's said that desperate times call for desperate measures. In California, where farmlands have been ravaged by an ongoing drought, the desperation is certainly palpable. With government irrigation assistance cut off or strictly limited, farmers are looking for anything that will help their plants to grow. Even, as it turns out, magic:

Texans Oppose Muslim Cemetery for All Sorts of Racist, Ignorant Reasons

This is what Islamophobia actually looks like.In Farmersville, Texas, just outside of Dallas, there's a proposal by the Islamic Association of Collin County to build a cemetery in the town. That shouldn't be a concern. After all, there are Catholic cemeteries all over the place and you'll never hear a single complaint about them.But, you know, Muslims are brown. So. Um... logic.

After Coaches Repeatedly Push Christianity on Players, Georgia School District Will Pay Costly Penalty

Last year, we learned about a public high school football team that was just overwhelmingly infused with religion. And there was proof.Like a picture of a team prayer (that included coaches):

Pedophile-Protecting Former Archbishop Allegedly Cruised for Gay Sex in the ’80s

We're used to the Catholic Church covering up sex scandals. So when an archdiocese says it's "considering" the release of affidavits about a former archbishop's sexual behavior, you have to wonder what's going on beneath the surface.John Nienstedt (below) resigned his position as Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Show More Summary

Study Says Children Who Play “Pretend” Are More Likely to Become Atheists

Every few years, a new series of books will take off in popularity. Be it Harry Potter or Twilight, these novels tend to lean to the fantastical side. And each time this happens, you'll find members of the Religious Right up in arms over the grave threat such fiction presents to their children's souls. Show More Summary

Professor Resigns from Christian College After It Mandates Acceptance of Young Earth Creationism

A couple of years ago, Bryan College in Tennessee (a Christian school) altered its Statement of Faith to say that the Earth was created a few thousand years ago. If professors couldn't admit they were Young Earth Creationists, then they...Show More Summary

A Compilation of Christopher Hitchens’ Best Jokes

Here's a compilation of Christopher Hitchens' best jokes. And you know there's plenty of material...

If You Want to Defund Planned Parenthood, Think Through the Consequences First

Planned Parenthood, which is constantly under fire from conservatives who treat it like a giant abortionplex, provides an incredible number of services that are not-at-all controversial. If anti-abortion advocates ever got their wish...Show More Summary

GOP Bill Would Allow Employers to Fire Individuals Based on Their Sex Lives

The panic stricken Religious Right is at it again. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage, they've been scrambling to find ways to protect their discriminatory ways. Now, on Capitol Hill, Republicans are advancing a bill that would do just that... and more. As the Huffington Post explained:

Donald Trump Has No Idea How to Speak to the GOP’s Religious Base

Donald Trump is a horrible Presidential candidate for a lot of obvious reasons, but I haven't heard many people discussing just how bad he is at pandering to the religious GOP base. Yesterday, during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, he tried reaching out to the evangelical crowd. It was obvious, though, that he has no idea what he's doing:

GOP Plans to Push Anti-Abortion Legislation Divorced from Facts

Given the tactics of the GOP in the past, it should probably come as no surprise that they're once more seeking to restrict access to women's healthcare based on rabble-rousing that has little connection to reality, but that doesn't make it any less stomach turning. As Politico reports:

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