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The Intentions of the Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists and Pamela Geller Are Worth Discussing

A couple of nights ago, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and its director Pamela Geller hosted a "Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit." As you know by now, two extremists began shooting their guns in the parking lot and were soon killedShow More Summary

Atheist Pens Open Letter to the Mothers of the Garland Shooters

Godless Mom wrote a lovely open letter to the mothers of the now-dead shooters in Garland, Texas who were driven to kill others for drawing cartoons of Muhammad.If that sounds like a strange setup for an open letter, just read it:

Christian Shoe Promoter Creates Game Where You Shoot Gay People (Transgender Victims Earn You Bonus Points)

For a couple of hours yesterday, Steam (a website where you can upload games you create or pay to play them) allowed a game called "Kill The Faggot" on its site with the sole objective of killing LGBT people:

Nebraska Woman Sues All Homosexuals

Because Jesus: An Auburn woman calling herself an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, filed a federal lawsuit Friday against all homosexuals.Sylvia Driskell, 66, said in the suit that she is petitioning the U.S. District Court of Omaha to be heard "in the matter of homosexuality. Show More Summary

Empathy Cards for Atheists

Okay, they're not specifically for atheists, but they might as well be.Emily McDowell created a series of cards you might give to someone going through a struggle... without any of the religious platitudes or appeals to the unknown we're used to seeing:

Creationists Think They Can Prove Dinosaur Bones Are Only a Few Thousand Years Old

Dinosaurs lived approximately 65 million years old... according to people who know what they're talking about. But that fact flies in the face of Creationists, who believe the Earth only came into existence a few thousand years ago.So...Show More Summary

Missouri Middle School Will Reward Students for Their Hard Work by Tricking Them Into Going to a Christian Ministry

In order to celebrate their hard work preparing for and taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests, the eighth-graders at North Middle School in Joplin will be going to a sports complex with a climbing wall and video games this...Show More Summary

Christians: We Are Not Bigots!

By Brendan Hickey, via Wikimedia Commons As I'm sure you have noticed, many evangelical fundamentalist Christians have been struggling to face up to their bigoted attitudes toward LGBT persons. It is almost as if they are beginning to recognize that they are going to be on the wrong side of history yet again. Show More Summary

Bill Nye Explains Holograms Through Emoji

A few months ago, Bill Nye explained evolution with emoji (infuriating Ken Ham), so it's only right that this series continues by exploring holograms:

Judge Finally Rules That Rowan County (NC) Board of Commissioners Must Stop Christian Prayers at Meetings

Years before the Supreme Court decided Greece v. Galloway, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina was praying to Jesus at virtually every meeting. The ACLU of North Carolina warned the Commissioners about the problem in 2012, only to have their letter ignored. So they filed a lawsuit to stop the Christian prayers in March of 2013:

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 53: Gerald Posner, Author of God’s Bankers

Our latest podcast guest is Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist and author of several books, including ones about the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..His latest book is God’s Bankers, all about the Vatican’s finances and how the Church got involved with the Mafia and money launderers. Show More Summary

Texas GOP Rep. Matt Schaefer Wants to Force Women to Give Birth… Even When the Fetus Has No Chance of Survival

The war on women is still going strong in Texas.In a bill concerning the operations of Texas Department of State Health Services, State Rep. Matt Schaefer (below) recently threw in an unbelievable amendment that would ban abortions if...Show More Summary

Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol Now Trying to Capitalize on Her Crime

Late last year, we learned that The Satanic Temple's display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase "Catholic Warrior" on it. At the time, she said this about her crime:

Al Qaeda Takes Credit for Slaughter of Atheist Bloggers, Saying the Attackers “Taught a Lesson to Blasphemers”

Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy (below) and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they were promoting Roy's latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and "hacked them mercilessly."

New on the Guardian: Atheists Are Diversifying

My latest column on the Guardian is up: “Finally, atheists are no longer just old white men“. The atheist community, in America at least, has long had a reputation for being dominated by geeky white men. I have no onus against geeky white men – I happen to be one myself – but the data [Read More...]

Atheist Infighting as the Bad Reality TV Show We Love

Stars of the original reality tv show, colour (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The thing about bad TV is that we do not always stop watching it even after we recognize it is bad. Sometimes we even end up watching it because it is so bad.What is the appeal of the standard sort of "reality TV" that has been so popular in the U.S. Show More Summary

Can You Be an Astrophysicist if You’re Dyslexic? Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Fantastic Response to a Girl’s Question

At a recent Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture, an eight-year-old girl asked the astrophysicist if he had any colleagues who were dyslexic.He answered yes... and then kept going, offering an uplifting and beautiful response:

BREAKING: Two Attackers Dead After Apparent Attempted Assault on Mohammed Art Exhibit in Texas

Did Mohammed fans strike again, or at least attempt to? Two men are dead following an apparent attack on a cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas. Many details are still sketchy at this time (10:30 p.m. EST on Sunday). From USA Today: Two suspects were killed after they opened fire Sunday in a parking lot outside a provocative contest [Read More...]

16 Ways to Greet Jehovah’s Witnesses

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 16 ways to greet Jehovah's Witnesses who knock on your door.

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