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The Right to Believe

Nest of the flamingo according to old beliefs (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We hear quite a bit about one's right to believe certain things these days. I'm not sure why this is such a popular subject. It is almost as if many people are convinced that this right was somehow in jeopardy. Show More Summary

Now That the Primaries Are Over, Two Red States Will Have Atheists on the Ballot This November

... Sure, they were both running unopposed, but this is still a big deal. They got further in the election cycle than Eric Cantor! (That has to count for something, right?)James Woods, the progressive, legally blind, condom-sending, proud atheist running for U.S. House from the 5th Congressional District of Arizona, is now the official Democratic candidate in the race.

An Interview with the Man Behind Oklahoma City’s Black Mass

I've posted a few articles about a Black Mass taking place in Oklahoma in September. It's so controversial that the Governor has spoken out against it. More recently, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniel and hisShow More Summary

Pat Robertson Says Gay Teen Needs “Male Companions” To Be Straight

Today on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson gave unhelpful and unnecessary advice to a woman concerned about her teen stepson's budding attraction to other guys.Right Wing Watch tracked down the video of Robertson asserting that being gay is the result of nurture instead of nature and that it's apparently caused by the absence of male role models in a boy's life. Here's the clip:

Women’s Rights Activists Bleed and Defecate on ISIS Flag to (Apparently) Protest Islamic State’s Misogyny

[Note: All links in this post should be considered Not Safe For Work!]Egyptian women's rights activist Aliaa Elmahdy isn't afraid of a little controversy, to put it mildly. For a few years, she's been issuing bold fuck-yous to the forces...Show More Summary

40 Problems with Christianity

This is a guest post written by Michael Runyan. Michael is a recently-retired risk analyst for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A former Catholic, he currently works as a freelance writer focusing on critical assessments of the Christian religion.... Show More Summary

North Carolina’s Religion-in-Schools Law Wrongly Suggests Teachers Can Participate During Student-Led Prayers

Earlier this summer, legislators in North Carolina passed Senate Bill 370, which (unnecessarily) reiterated the rights of students to express their faith in school. These rights were already protected under the law, but you can never appease religious voters too much... Show More Summary

Harlem Church Rails Against Obama, Muslims, “No-Honor” Blacks; Wishes “Cancer, HIV” on Gay-Friendly Believers

A friend from Europe took a stroll through Harlem, New York yesterday, and encountered this church sign on West 123rd Street. All churches & members that support homos cursed be thou with cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness the itch then hell 1 Cor. Show More Summary

If God Really Loved Atheists, Maybe He’d Stop Ruining Their Adopt-a-Highway Signs

In 2013, the Atheists of Butte County (in California) officially adopted a highway and they've cleaned up their two-mile stretch of Highway 99 road every month since. Yesterday, they realized the sign didn't look the same...

The Paperback Version of “An Appetite for Wonder,” Richard Dawkins’ Autobiography, is Available Today

For anyone who still buys physical books, the paperback version of Richard Dawkins' autobiography An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist is available today:

Sarah Silverman Doesn’t Thank God at Emmys, but Offers These Words of Wisdom Instead

Comedian Sarah Silverman just won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special for her stand-up special "We Are Miracles." During her acceptance speech, she didn't bother thanking God, but offered some scientific honesty instead:

Was This an Unreasonable Religious Accommodation?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses a particular religious accommodation that may have crossed the line:

We Now Have a Tumblr

For anyone who uses Tumblr, I'm happy to announce that we've finally set one up for this site. Most of the material consists of memes and other images we post on the regular Facebook page, but it's a lot easier to share if you're already a Tumblr user. Now one of you kids please show me how to work this thing...

Mississippi’s Jackson Public School District Began the Year with Jesus at a Mandatory Event for Faculty Members

In the district I taught in, we used to hold a massive beginning-of-the-year event for faculty members at a nearby Christian church. It was the only local space that could accommodate that many people. But it wasn't a problem because, other than the building itself, you wouldn't have known you were in a church. Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 11: Billy Hallowell, TheBlaze.com

Our latest podcast guest is Billy Hallowell, faith and culture editor at TheBlaze.com (the site founded by Glenn Beck):

Who Owns the ATHEIST License Plate in Your State?

Just out of sheer curiosity, I'm trying to compile a list of all the people in the U.S. who own the "ATHEIST" license plate in their state. Not a variant of it, not another synonym for atheist, but the actual seven-letter plate. YouShow More Summary

Brigham Young University Bookstore Accidentally Stocks Greeting Cards Celebrating Same-Sex Weddings

Officials at Brigham Young University sprang into action last week when a moral crisis rocked their campus: Hallmark greeting cards celebrating same-sex weddings showed up unannounced in the campus bookstore. The Mormon-owned BYU operates under an "honor code" banning anyone from acting on feelings of same-sex attraction. Show More Summary

Hindu Group Leader Urges Town of Greece (NY) to Not Exclude Atheists from Giving Invocations

In response to the Town of Greece (New York) changing their invocation policy to exclude non-religious speakers, Rajan Zed (below), President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, issued a press release Saturday condemning the Town Board and urging them to be more inclusive:

The South Will Not Rise Again

Last year, I wrote about the continuing exodus of members from the Catholic church, and apologists’ fumbling suggestions for how to reverse the trend. I noted with amusement that there was an elephant in the room – the church’s retrograde doctrines which drive away young people – which the apologists were carefully tiptoeing around while [Read More...]

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