Last week, I posted about how 5th grader Zachary Golob-Drake was planning to give a speech that could've earned him a spot as one of the representatives to the regional 4-H Tropicana Public Speech contest... unfortunately, the assistant...Show More Summary
If any of you want a writing job, I suggest submitting your work to Charisma since they publish everything, no matter how illogical it is. R. Loren Sandford (below), a pastor in Denver, Colorado, lives not too far from Arapahoe HighShow More Summary
Radio evangelist Harold Camping was so certain that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011 that he staked his entire reputation on it. His company, Family Radio, spent more than $5,000,000 on 5,000 billboards announcing the date and a media frenzy followed. Late tonight, his family announced that Camping died on Sunday:
Jesus Resurrection 1778 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The results of a new poll from Harris Interactive were released a couple days ago with a title that is sure to grab your attention: Americans' Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines. Show More Summary
Things that are okay to criticize: Nativity scenes on government property. Things that are okay to criticize only if you're a complete asshole: Nativity scenes on your neighbor's lawn. That's what an anonymous letter-writer did to Kristen...Show More Summary
The War on Christmas is over! We win! The Public Religion Research Institute says in a newly-released survey that more Americans than ever before prefer the term "Happy Holidays" to "Merry Christmas": (What's that you say? The question...Show More Summary
Who knew the most controversial atheist billboard of the season was the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" one in Pitman, New Jersey? Over the weekend, one family tried to attach their own banner (of a Nativity Scene) on or underneath the billboard -- and it was caught on tape. But last night, it got even worse:
The Freethought Equality Fund, formed back in September, announced yesterday that they would be backing a slate of candidates in next year's elections, all of whom voice their support for church/state separation and the atheist community...Show More Summary
(In a related study, 1% of women lie to researchers.) The headline's serious, though it requires a little more explanation. A new report published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal shows that 0.8% of women who became pregnant also claimed, at the time when the child would have been conceived, that they were not having sexual intercourse:
Christians wanted and got a Nativity Scene in the Florida Capitol Building... and they're getting loads of atheism-tinged displays in return. First, there was the Festivus Pole: You can see from the picture above that there's also aShow More Summary
The War on Christmas meme must not be going too well if you have to resort to making shit up. How about this wild tale: A San Francisco elementary school suspended a 9-year-old student the other week because he wished the homeroom teacher...Show More Summary
This past weekend, I was at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for my first ever in-person debate, part of the “Think! Of God and Government” debate series I’m having with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. The Midtown Scholar is a huge, gorgeous independent bookstore – I’m told it used to be a movie theater – [Read More...]
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Should atheists fight religious Christmas displays on public property?: We'd love to hear your thoughts on the project -- more videos will be posted soon -- and we'd also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!
Diversity (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We have arrived at question #4 in our series of the six big questions that divide atheists, and I am finding this one the least pleasant to address so far. For the most part, this is because I consider it to be the most potentially divisive of the questions considered to this point. Show More Summary
New York State Senator Andrew Lanza is outraged by American Atheists' billboard in Times Square: He's so outraged that he's linking the sign to the Holocaust: Senator Lanza said, “Just as millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate...Show More Summary
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how all four candidates to become the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas embrace Creationism: You can read more about how Texas is screwed if they elect any of these buffoons...Show More Summary
This Harris poll -- under the headline "Americans' Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines" -- is a great holiday gift. It finds that ... [W]hile a strong majority (74%) of U.S. adults do believe in God, this belief is in decline...Show More Summary
Christian Nightmares has a fascinating interview with Larry Pate, a gay, former Southern Baptist preacher who now speaks out against the faith. What caused him to change his mind? Seminary.
Gallup released a poll yesterday marking the differences in levels of trust when compared to one's political party. For example, 68% of Republicans trusted police officers, while only 44% of Democrats said the same. When it came to members of the clergy, there was a similar differential: Not too surprising, really. Show More Summary
Earlier this month, we learned that Pattison Outdoor Advertising, a billboard vendor in Vancouver, British Columbia, rejected atheist-themed signs without offering an explanation: It's not hard to guess why they said no since owner Jim Pattison is an evangelical Christian.