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A Year After Giving Atheism a Try, Former Pastor Ryan Bell Admits: “I Don’t Think That God Exists”

It was almost a year ago when Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would "try on" atheism and "live as if there is no God" for 12 months. I didn't agree with his methodology at the time. Show More Summary

According to Gallup, U.S. is Still Christian Nation

A recent Gallup poll based on 173,490 interviews conducted between January 2 and December 21, 2014 found that approximately 75% of adults in the U.S. identify themselves as Christian, with 50% identifying as Protestant and 24% as Catholic. Show More Summary

This Song About Sexual Purity Sends the Wrong Message to Young Women

You know how if you ever have pre-marital sex, you have no integrity and deserve no respect?Because that's the message I took away from this abstinence-themed "parody" of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful":

Seven States Ban Atheists from Holding Public Office

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how seven states ban atheists from holding public office, even if those laws are unenforceable.

Arrested for Driving, Saudi Women Will Now Be Tried in Anti-Terrorism Court

At the beginning of December, NBC, BBC, and other news organizations reported that 25 year old Loujain al-Hathloul and 33-year-old Maysa al-Amoudi had been arrested at the Saudi border. Their crime? Driving while female. The women have been in custody since, and it looks like their situation is going from bad to worse: The cases [Read More...]

Argentinian President Adopts Seventh Son of Jewish Family in Order to Counteract Werewolf Curse

There is a legend in Argentina that a family's seventh son in a row will become a werewolf. While it sounds like little more than a scary story, it was so fervently believed that it could actually entail deadly consequences for seventh sons.

Once Again, Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay a Flight Because They Refuse to Sit Next to Women

Earlier this year, an El Al flight became an "11-Hour-Nightmare" after hundreds of male ultra-Orthodox Jews on the flight refused to sit next to any women. It happened again this week during a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, though it was thankfully only a 30-minute delay.

High Schoolers in Massachusetts Want to Move Their Graduation Ceremony Off of Anti-Gay Gordon College’s Campus

Earlier this year, D. Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, a private Christian school that receives federal funding, signed onto a letter asking President Obama to allow them to continue discriminating against LGBT people despite his Executive Order forbidding federally-funded groups from doing such a thing. Show More Summary

Michael Nugent vs. PZ Myers

Michael Nugent (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Michael Nugent has been working tirelessly to document what he considers to be smears, hypocrisy, and other objectionable behavior on the part of PZ Myers. His collection of thoroughly sourced...Show More Summary

Why Won’t Anyone Come to God’s Party?

He tries so hard sometimes... but at least this video explains where some of those Bible stories came from (probably NSFW):

What Chinese Christians Got For Christmas: Another Police-State Crackdown on Their Faith

There's little or no freedom of religion for Chinese Christians:Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the topShow More Summary

Mauritanian Man to Be Put to Death for Allegedly Insulting Islam’s Prophet

As we've seen before, Mauritania is one of the worst countries in the world for freethinkers. Here's another shameful notch in the nation's belt:A court in Mauritania on Thursday sentenced a man to death for “insulting” the founder of...Show More Summary

Indian Tribe Erects “Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation” Sign

In a move that would be right at home in the GOP, the Crow Nation tribe last year passed a resolution "proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord":The Crow Constitution protects "full exercise of religion," but, unlike the U.S. Constitution, does...Show More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Accused of “Riling Up Christians” with Christmas Day Tweet About Isaac Newton

On Christmas Day, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted this gem: It quickly became his most retweeted message ever, and many accused him of "riling up Christians."That's completely absurd.

NBC Wonders Why Physicians Don’t Rely More on the “Power of Prayer”

Earlier this week, NBC News considered the pressing problem of physicians relying on medical knowledge alone rather than also incorporating pleas for supernatural intercession into their treatment plans.You see, doctors don't get everything right all the time; therefore, we need God in the mix. Show More Summary

Christian Author Makes Fine-Tuning Argument for God’s Existence in The Wall Street Journal

In a Christmas Day opinion piece (behind a paywall) for The Wall Street Journal, Christian author Eric Metaxas explained that science proved God because of an argument that's been debunked so many times over, you have to really work hard to pretend rebuttals don't exist:

Survey: Americans Are Just About Evenly Split On the Issue of Religious Displays On Government Property

When it comes to government endorsement of religion, Americans are more or less evenly divided.A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 44% of Americans say Christian symbols like nativity scenes should be allowed on government property even if they are not accompanied by symbols from other religions. Show More Summary

A Record of Christian Hate

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) brings us news of Pastor Steven Anderson's (Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, AZ) hate-filled film, AIDS: The Judgment of God. Pastor Anderson is a Christian extremist, but that does not mean that the views he espouses are not shared by plenty of other evangelical fundamentalist Christians. Show More Summary

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