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Oklahoma Judge Strikes Down Vouchers for Special Needs’ Students Because Public Money Was Going to Religious Schools

Oklahoma passed a law in 2010, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act, that provided vouchers to students with special needs. The students could attend one of 49 private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.But there was a major problem. Show More Summary

Say It With Me: I’m a Hispanic Atheist

This is a guest post written by César J. Baldelomar. César is currently a student at the Florida International University College of Law. He has written several articles on politics, culture, and religion.... Though I grew up in a moderately Catholic household and attended Catholic institutions from age three until my college graduation from St. Show More Summary

New on AlterNet: Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian?

My latest column is up on AlterNet, Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian? It’s about the increasing conflict between liberal and moderate religious believers who feel the doctrines of their churches should be open for reexamination, and the authoritarians who are determined to quash these democratic notions at any cost. Read the excerpt below, then click through [Read More...]

Canadian Man Arrested on Obscure Witchcraft Charge; Media Skepticism Required

Quebec occultist Yacouba Fofana (a.k.a. Professor Alfoseny) did a pretty nifty magic trick for some clients: he made their money disappear. Any services he managed to conjure up in exchange were apparently invisible.Before he himself could perform a vanishing act, though, he was charged under Canada’s Criminal Code, with both fraud and -- wait for it -- witchcraft.

After Apopka High’s Football Game Last Night, Christians Prayed on the Field in the Most Meaningless Protest Ever

A couple of days ago, we learned that public high schools in Florida's Orange and Seminole Counties had football coaches leading team prayers, not to mention team chaplains. It's about as egregious a church/state violation as you'll ever see at a high school. Show More Summary

Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain and Obliterate Pascal’s Wager

In the first video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains the idea of Pascal's Wager in tremendous depth... and then demolishes the entire awful argument:

Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

Dr. Victor J. Stenger, the physicist and prolific author who wrote the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, died late Wednesday night in Hawaii at the age of 79. Phylliss, his wife of more than 50 years, told me via email that the cause was "an aneurysm next to his heart." He will be cremated on Saturday and a memorial will be held in Honolulu on Sunday.

Former InterVarsity Leader at Vanderbilt: We Were “Kicked Off Campus for Being the Wrong Kind of Christians”

Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an "all comers" policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideologicalShow More Summary

Man Claiming to Be the “Dark Lord” Arrested for Burning Up and Urinating on a Bible on Church Property

Last night, a representative from Prescott, Arizona's Gospel Rescue Mission called the police because he saw someone burning something on the front steps of the building.It turns out that 22-year-old Eric Minerault (below) was burning up and urinating on a wet Bible.

Disturbing Video Surfaces of Christian Family Beating Gay Son

For every heartwarming coming-out story, there's one that will make you sick.Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, has one of those stories. He came out several months ago to an "unresponsive" family, but this week, he managed to film an abusive altercation between them about his sexual orientation. Show More Summary

Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge

At yesterday's meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), Mayor John Rees announced that they would begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, as many government meetings do, and asked everyone to stand up.John Thoreau, an atheist, remained seated. Show More Summary

Director of Seventh-day Adventist Alternative School Arrested for Child Neglect

Miracle Meadows School is a Seventh-day Adventist-run alternative school in Salem, West Virginia. Tuition is $2,900 a month, and the school meets year-round. They encourage parents to send their children there if they're being dishonest,...Show More Summary

Why Are Soldiers in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program Being Given Copies of “The Purpose Driven Life”?

At Fort Gordon in Georgia, military personnel who have substance abuse problems may be directed by their superiors to go into the "Army Substance Abuse Program": Soldiers are encouraged to seek help voluntarily for drug and alcohol problems. Show More Summary

Atlas Shrugged: Slash Fiction

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV Rearden is winning plaudits for the innovative “la la la, I’m not listening to you” defense strategy he deployed at his trial. Even the government overseer at his mills, the boy Rand nicknames the Wet Nurse, is coming to admire him: The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, [Read More...]

22 Reasons to Stop Believing in God

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 22 reasons to stop believing in God:

Megachurch Pastor Uses Drone Imagery to Convince People to Come to Church

If you were to make a list of the problems with religion, topping that list might be its involvement in wars, both real and cultural. Religion can be used as a weapon to marginalize different groups of people (like the LGBT community)...Show More Summary

There’s No Reason Public High Schools Need Chaplains for the Football Team

While we're on the subject of Christians who think they can get away with breaking the law, what's with all these pastors who think they can double as chaplains of the local public high school football team? The Freedom From Religion...Show More Summary

Rick Santorum Wrongly Thinks Students “Can’t Pray in School”

In an interview with the website Vocativ, former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum explained (again) that he really doesn't understand the causes he fights so vehemently against:

People Are Seriously Defending Public School Plaques Given “in the Name of the Holy Christian Church”

If you visited Mountain Peak Elementary School or Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas last year, you would've seen this plaque hanging near the entrances:

After Religious Convocation in Mississippi School District, Officials Promise a Secular Ceremony Next Year

A few days ago, I wrote about how the Jackson Public School District in Mississippi had held a mandatory, three-hour-long convocation for all faculty members that included plenty of nods to Jesus.You would have never guessed it looking at the properly bland event description on the district's website:

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