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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

Jesus and God Take the #IceBucketChallenge

Turns out Jesus and God took the #IceBucketChallenge (or, I guess, one person took it twice?) and DarkMatters2525 was there to document the whole thing:

There’s a Reason They Call Him “Amazing”

The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin had a wonderful profile of James Randi in yesterday's paper:

Is This the Police? I’m Calling Because There Are Atheists Several Feet Above Me…

In order to promote their new Secular Together program -- kind of like a godless church service -- some members of the Triangle Freethought Society in Raleigh, North Carolina visited a highway bridge on Friday with banners in hand:

I Spoke at a Church Last Week and Didn’t Even Know It

Last Sunday, the Church at Canyon Creek in Austin, Texas used my Atheist Voice video about tough questions for Christians to introduce a sermon about how Christians needed to stand firm in their beliefs:

How to Win Any Argument About Social Justice

If it was possible to communicate everything wrong with the behavior of the social justice warrior approach to "winning" arguments on the Internet in one silly graphic, this one would come fairly close: See more on Know Your MemeI accept...Show More Summary

Secular Invocation Delivered in Lake County, Florida: Prayer Could Make Some Residents “Feel Like Outsiders”

Earlier this week, Paul Tjaden delivered a secular invocation at a meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners (in Florida). It begins at the 1:53 mark of the video below:

You Don’t Need God to Experience Spirituality

In today's edition of the New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni raves about Sam Harris' new book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion because it offers a secular explanation of experiences people commonly attribute to a higher power:

Three Gods Brag About Their Sons and One is Clearly Outmatched

In the Portuguese-language video below, Odin, Zeus, and Yahweh get together to share some beers and brag about their kids... and it turns out the accomplishments of Yahweh's Son are trumped by those of Thor and Hercules.You may want to turn on English subtitles for this one. (Plenty of NSFW language either way!)

FFRF Launches “Out of the Closet” Video Campaign

Following the success of their "Out of the Closet" campaign, where local atheists appear on billboards explaining why they don't believe in a God, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is now trying to spread that message via YouTube...

There’s Even More Religion Than We Thought in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program

Yesterday, I posted about how military personnel at Fort Gordon in Georgia who were struggling with drugs or alcohol may be directed by their superiors to go into the "Army Substance Abuse Program" (ASAP): The problem was that one of...Show More Summary

This Chart Shows How Every Major U.S. Religious Group Feels About Government Involvement in Moral & Economic Issues

How do your religious beliefs affect your views on the government? Should the government play a role in regulating morality? How about the economy, in terms of having a bigger, more involved government or a small, less involved one?Tobin...Show More Summary

Bryan Fischer: Jesus is the Force Holding the Universe Together

Last summer, Bryan Fischer explained how Jesus was the glue holding protons together in the nucleus of an atom. (Take that, Strong Nuclear Force!)

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

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