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Atheist Bus Ads Go Up in Rhode Island

The newly-formed Rhode Island Coalition of Reason just announced the purchase of 10 king-size ads on the sides of buses in order to introduce themselves to the locals:

Texas Pastor Allegedly Refuses to Bury Church Member of 50 Years — Because She Hadn’t Tithed in a Decade

What would Jesus do? Probably not this:The daughter of 93-year-old Olivia Blair couldn’t believe it when Fourth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Walter Houston refused to bury her mother. “It was like the last insult in the world,” Barbara Day told KRIV in Houston. Show More Summary

The Fallout in Ferguson, Continued

Ever since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a white police officer back in August, the people of Ferguson, Missouri have been on edge, waiting to see if they would get justice. On Monday night, the grand jury that had been weighing the case for weeks came to a decision: [Read More...]

Have Yourself a Merry Little Mythmas

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means it's a perfectly good time to start singing about Christmas.Jaclyn Glenn and Eric Schwartz put together this lovely tune that I'm sure will catch on with Christians everywhere:

You Think There Are Monsters Under Your Bed? Prove it

This is a neat Kickstarter project: A children’s book all about how there aren’t any monsters under your bed. I think it’s a metaphor for something… If you like what you see, you can support the project here. (Thanks to Nicole for the link)

Humanist Service Corps Looking for People to Join Them on a Secular Mission Trip in Africa

Nearly a year ago, I announced the formation of the Pathfinders Project, a "yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America." Director Conor Robinson...Show More Summary

Sought For Murder, Indian Guru Was “Using His Devotees as a Human Shield” During Massive Siege on Ashram

One measure of Indian god-man Sant Rampal's specialness is that he liked bathing in milk during his meditations, after which the same milk was used to make kheer,... which was served to the followers saying this will bring happinessShow More Summary

Religious Fundraiser at a Rutgers Football Game Leads to Threat of Lawsuit

During a recent football game at Rutgers, a portion of the proceeds made at the state university's concession stands went to the Church of God in Christ for All Saints. Now, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has informed the school that sort of fundraiser is illegal:

Cherokee County (Texas) Officials Reject Humanist Display Outside Courthouse, but Say the Nativity Scene Can Stay

If you walk past the Cherokee County Courthouse in Texas, it might be hard to miss this Nativity scene they have up right now: If that's allowed, surely a Humanist display would be allowed, too, right?

Christkindlmarket in Downtown Chicago Now Includes an Atheist Banner and a Giant Scarlet “A”

If you're in Chicago and walking through Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, make sure you take some pictures next to the atheist display that just went up yesterday: The whole thing was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter. It includes an 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A and this banner:

The WW1 Christmas Truce: Rebutting the Notion That “The Power of God is So Great It Can Stop Wars”

Via the Facebook page of the Freedom From Atheism Foundation comes this British Sainsbury's commercial. The FFAF's comment:The power of God is so great it can stop wars.What, no obligatory dig at atheists? Ah yes, there it is:Can't say that about atheism.

Chicago Church Gives Members $500 Each, Telling Them to Pay It Forward and Make the World a Better Place

There's no shame in giving credit where it's due and a church in Chicago has done something really neat after it came into a lot of money: The pastor gave 10% of it ($160,000) to members of the congregation -- $500 each -- and told them to pay it forward to those less fortunate:

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Atheists Suing the State Over Its “Day of Prayer” Proclamations

For years now, Colorado governors have been issuing proclamations in support of the Day of Prayer: Several years ago, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (along with a few of their Colorado-based members) filed a lawsuit against the state in order to put a stop to that. Show More Summary

Oklahoma School District Finally Rejects Hobby Lobby-Sponsored Bible Curriculum

Earlier this year, before the Supreme Court decision came down, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green announced that he had developed a Bible curriculum for public schools and that Oklahoma's Mustang Public Schools board had voted to approve it and become the first district to implement it. The course would focus on the "narrative, history and impact of the Good Book."

This Five-Minute Recap of the Nicolas Cage Left Behind Movie Sums It Up Perfectly

Having seen the Nicolas Cage Left Behind movie myself, I can safely say this five-minute (completely NSFW) recap is way more interesting:

Kirk Cameron’s Movie Poster for Saving Christmas Looks Eerily Similar to This Other One…

Reader Gene points out that there's a remarkable similarity between the posters for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero (click image to enlarge): That's weird, right?

Ken Ham: Climate Change is Real… because Earth is Still “Settling Down” from the Great Flood

Ken Ham would like you all to know that, even though he ignores all the evidence for evolution, he has no doubt that climate change is real.I see you're confused right now. Ken Ham making sense?! It can't be!No worries. We'll fix that right away. [caption width="500" align="alignnone"]God did it.[/caption] Here's how he explains it:

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 30: Phil Zuckerman, Author of Living the Secular Life

Our latest podcast guest is Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies — yes, secular studies — at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is the author of several books about atheism, including Society Without God and Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion. [Read More...]

Oklahoma Legislator Will Pay for Replacement of Destroyed Ten Commandments Monument

Last month, Michael Tate Reed Jr., a Christian who had been “diagnosed with Bipolar and… was off his medication,” drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn. The monument had been a source of controversy for years, with the ACLU filing a lawsuit saying it constituted government endorsement of religion. [Read More...]

Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

I’ve spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I’m still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend’s talks: • My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation [Read More...]

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