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Headstone Makers in New Jersey Score Victory Against Church-Based Competitors Who Are Tax-Exempt

New Jersey headstone-making companies have won a battle against the Newark Archdiocese over the latter's hawking of gravesite monuments.John Burns, a born-and-raised-Catholic owner of a monuments company in North Arlington, NJ, was appalled that the diocese began offering mausoleums and tombstones last year. Show More Summary

Gay Christian Teen Takes Her Own Life, Fearing Her Parents Wouldn’t Accept Her If She Came Out

A 14-year-old girl in Manchester, England has taken her own life because she couldn't bear to come out to her devout Christian parents as gay -- though they say they would have welcomed her with open arms.Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lowe (below) was recently found hanged at a local park, according to the U.K. Show More Summary

Forget North Korean Threats; Center For Inquiry Tells Sony Pictures It’ll Gladly Screen The Interview

Yesterday, as Sony Pictures announced that it would not release the Seth Rogan/James Franco movie The Interview because of threats from North Korea, the Center for Inquiry stepped up and said it would be glad to host screenings of the film:

Male Shame, the Root of Female Shame

This is an article by Darrel Ray. It appears in the current issue of American Atheist magazine. American Atheist magazine is available at Barnes & Noble and Book World bookstores in the U.S. and at Chapters/Indigo bookstores in Canada. Show More Summary

“America’s Doctor” Doesn’t Seem to Care About the Scientific Merits of His Claims, Says New Study on Dr. Oz

This past June, Dr. Mehmet Oz was called to testify before Congress at the request of Senator Claire McCaskill because of one particularly egregious scam that he, among others, promoted. Now, the British Medical Journal has weighed in with more substantive charges against the sell-out doctor. Show More Summary

If Religion is a Regrettable Waste of Time, As I’ve Argued, What About Other Pastimes?

Yesterday, I wrote a controversial post that explained why I've gradually crossed over from atheism to anti-theism. I partly hung my case on the fact that religion is a huge time-suck, and calculated that in the history of humankind,...Show More Summary

After 2,800 Entries, Here’s a Secular Version of the Ten Commandments

To promote their new book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, authors Lex Bayer (a Silicon Valley entrepreneur) and John Figdor (the Humanist chaplain at Stanford University) held a contest in which atheists could suggest their own Commandments. Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 34: Rabia Chaudry, Catalyst for the Serial Podcast

We're relaunching our podcast today with a brand new website and an early release of our next episode!...Our latest podcast guest is Rabia Chaudry, the catalyst for the Serial podcast. Rabia is an attorney who specializes in immigration...Show More Summary

This Promotional Video for the Christian Movie Do You Believe? Raises Multiple Red Flags

This is a guest post by Andrew Spitznas, M.D.. Andrew is a board-certified psychiatrist and member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association. He has contributed to the Tinsel blog in the past and is currently a regular contributor to 1 More Film Blog, both on Patheos. During the past decade or so, he’s progressively [Read More...]

New York Fire Department is Now Selling “Happy Birthday Jesus” T-Shirts

Earlier this week, we saw New York's Utica Fire Department Station 4 promoting Christianity with a sign outside the firehouse reading "Happy Birthday Jesus." Besides the sign just looking and sounding childish, you could make the argument that it's an illegal promotion of a single faith. Show More Summary

A Day After the Nebraska State Capitol Gets a Nativity Scene, an Atheist Sign Becomes Its Neighbor… Temporarily

Late last night, I heard that the Nebraska State Capitol building was home to a Nativity scene: The small display, a cedar manger about 6 feet across and 4 feet high, was made possible by a Catholic-associated attorneys association that...Show More Summary

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” Baptist City Council Member Reminds Jews at Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

The city of Springfield (Massachusetts) held it's annual menorah-lighting ceremony to mark the first day of Hanukkah this past Tuesday. Among the 150 attendees was Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams. While Williams is a Baptist,...Show More Summary

Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Rally Will Bring Together Despicable Christian Leaders to Accomplish Nothing

The first problem with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's upcoming prayer rally a month from now is that he's hosting a prayer rally. In his invitation, he made it very clear that he wanted to use his position to advance Christianity:Our...Show More Summary

This Photo, and Its Caption, Finally Made Me Realize That, Yes, I’m an Anti-Theist

I've always believed in live and let live. Different strokes for different folks. I still do, but I'm less inclined to be romantic about it. Yes, people should follow their conscience, express their personal proclivities and preferences...Show More Summary

Exposé in the Atlantic Reveals Many U.S. Zen Buddhist Teachers To Be Incorrigible Sexual Predators

This paragraph in a new long-form piece in the Atlantic got my attention:When we think of predatory clergy, we think of Roman Catholic priests. Their sins are far worse than what goes on in Zen circles. But the percentage of the ZenShow More Summary

Catholic Blogger Claims Non-Christians Are Incapable of Helping Others on a Large Scale

Last month, Catholic blogger Rebecca Hamilton made a really nasty accusation against people who didn't believe in her God, suggesting they could never seriously help other people in times of need:Christians, unlike their critics, build hospitals and schools, go on missions to help those in need where help is needed. Show More Summary

A&E Orders Reality Show Where Pastor Surprises Sex Workers By Trying To “Save” Them

The television network A&E has ordered eight episodes of a new reality show in which a cop-turned-pastor hires sex workers, then "surprises" them by trying to convince them to quit and start their lives over. 8 Minutes, the show's working...Show More Summary

This Animated Science Infographic About Birth is Incredible

Eleanor Lutz created this animated infographic about birth that you need to see in full size on her site to really experience.

Guess Who’s Mad About the Atheist Billboards in Chicago?

The Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins is very unhappy with the run of atheist billboards that just went up around Chicago. She'd also like to point out that my billboard omits some information: "It’s curious that the billboard...Show More Summary

South Carolina School District Promises to Stop Fundraising for a Local Church’s Mission Work

Oakbrook Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina ran a teacher-led fundraiser recently with all proceeds supporting missions sponsored by the Old Fort Baptist Church:

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