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Dave Silverman Explains Why American Atheists Has a Presence at CPAC

Every time I post about American Atheists having a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), people want to know why they're there. It's not that atheists can't be conservative, but are those the kind of conservatives...Show More Summary

Launching Today: A Hotline for Those Who Need Someone To Talk To About Their Religious Doubts

It was almost a year and a half ago when I first mentioned the Hotline Project on this site. We know becoming an atheist rarely happens overnight -- for many of us, it's the result of a lot of introspection or conversations with trusted friends. Show More Summary

Kansas Senate Approves Bill That Criminalizes Teaching Material Deemed “Harmful to Minors”

The Kansas State Senate on Wednesday passed S.B. 56, with twenty-six Republican senators supporting the measure, and six Republicans and eight Democrats opposing. The bill is ostensibly designed to protect students by making it illegal to display or present material that is “harmful to minors,” such as pornography. Show More Summary

Did Jesus Die On a Cross… or On a Pole?

You learn something new every day.For centuries scholars have known that the Greek New Testament word “stauros,” which is translated into English as cross, can refer to a device of several shapes, commonly a single upright pole, “torture...Show More Summary

A Most Unsettling Trend: Christians Rejoicing in ISIS

Charisma News is praising a video in which families of murdered Egyptian Christian Copts thank ISIS for making martyrs of their loved ones. In it, a smiling man named Beshir who just lost two brothers to ISIS chats with an audience and callers:

I Get Religious Mail: If Wishes Were Airplanes

Most of the religious charity solicitation letters that I get have identifiable humanitarian aims, as much as I might disagree with the religious message those aims are wrapped up in. But that isn’t the case for the latest specimen, which begs for money to advance a purely religious mission, without even a pretense of serving [Read More...]

What ISIS Teaches Us About the Value of Arts and Humanities

The U.S., on the whole, embraces economic progress and relentless production to such an extent that art and humanities are seen as "nice to have," rather than necessities.Sarah Skwire, in a short, smart piece for (of all things) theShow More Summary

A Somewhat-Scientific Explanation of What Color That Dress Is

Using magical software, Mr. Flare explains what color that dress is.Black/Blue? White/Gold? Or none of the above...?

Coach-Led Prayer on High School Baseball Team Comes to an End After Atheists Take Action

They have a weird way of ending baseball practices at Leesburg High School in Florida:

American Family Association: If Atheists Want the Same Opportunities as Christians, That’s “Anti-Christian Bigotry”

Every week, the American Family Association compiles a list of stories featuring "anti-Christian bigotry." While these stories are usually of the "gay people want me to bake a cake for them" variety, their most recent list included this stunner:

Tony Perkins at CPAC: The Conservative Movement is Broad Enough to Include Atheists

American Atheists' presence at CPAC may be having an impact.Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council and one of the most powerful Christian Right leaders out there, said during a CPAC panel this morning that the conservative...Show More Summary

Pastor’s Wife Likes To Shout Prayers Outside, Disturbing Neighbors; Says Cops’ Intervention Violates Her Rights

Christians say that Jesus came to bring peace -- but some of his followers won't stop disturbing it.In Lisbon, North Dakota,A pastor and his family's faith is being tested by law enforcement who say his wife is praying too loud on city...Show More Summary

Help This Humane Society Get a $20,000 Technology Grant or the Scientologists Will Win

A Tampa Bay company is giving away a technology makeover worth $20,000 to a local non-profit group... and right now, a Scientology-based private school is in danger of winning. But a local humane society is also running neck and neck with it and they could really use the funding... Here's all you have to do:

Judge in Robbery Case Orders Retrial After Key Witness, a Muslim, Swore Oath on a Bible

Last August, Michael John Davies went to Victoria Kebab House near Liverpool, where he allegedly tried to rob the place with a hammer as his weapon. (He denies it.) There's a trial underway to determine his guilt but they're going to have to start over with a new jury due to a snafu that occurred after store manager Kerim Kurt, a witness, began giving testimony:

Coffee Enemas and Mineral Supplements Couldn’t Save the Life of Cancer-Stricken “Wellness Warrior” Jess Ainscough

When, in 2008, Australian wellness writer Jessica (Jess) Ainscough was diagnosed with a rare disease called epithelioid sarcoma, it became clear that the cancer cells had grown throughout her left arm and shoulder.Chemotherapy seemed...Show More Summary

Jimmy Kimmel’s Public Service Announcement for Anti-Vaxxer Parents

Jimmy Kimmel had this lovely rant against anti-vaxxers the other night, lambasting them for thinking they know more than actual doctors do. And then he aired a PSA featuring actual doctors...

Slate Advice Columnist: Young Atheist Should Write Unnecessary Essay to Get Out of Going to Sunday School

Yesterday, a letter was published in Slate's advice column "Dear Prudence" from a mother whose 12-year-old son had no desire to attend church:

Hell is for Sale and the Folks Behind DAMNED Want to Purchase the Infamous Michigan Town

A couple of weeks ago, Hell went on sale.The infamous Michigan town is worth just under a million dollars. And now that it's being sold, the people running an art show known as DAMNED want to purchase the space the build their own permanent exhibition space:

Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) Votes for Prayer at Meetings, Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) has thrown the Constitution under the bus with their 3-2 vote to allow prayers during public meetings. What's amazing, though, is how many people were publicly opposed to the decision:

Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Discrimination Against Humanist Inmates in North Carolina Prison System

Yesterday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of prisoner Kwame Jamal Teague. Teague is a Humanist who's currently serving time at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton, North Carolina. Show More Summary

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