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Florida School Board Member Tells Pagan He Can’t Deliver an Invocation Because It Might Offend the Audience

Last month, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke to the Escambia County School Board in Florida, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints when it came to their opening invocations. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver one (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:

Atheist Billboard Campaign in Brazil Aims to Change Stereotypes and Influence Elections

In 2011, the Associação Brasileira de Ateus e Agnósticos (Brazilian Association of Atheists and Agnostics) put up these incredible billboards around the country (forgive all my rough translations below): "Religion does not define character" -- Charlie Chaplin is described as someone who didn't believe in god while Adolf Hitler is described as someone who did.

Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain the Argument from Design

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains the Argument from Design -- specifically, how certain objects have the order, purpose, and appearance of design, but are actually the products of evolution:

Anti-Abortion Advocates Will Erect Memorials and Hold Services for Aborted Fetuses Tomorrow

If you haven't already marked your calendar, you're going to want to get right on it, because tomorrow is "National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children," at least according to anti-abortion advocates, who are setting up memorials,...Show More Summary

It Was All Part of God’s Master Plan

Who really deserves the blame for the crucifixion...? You can see the rest of the strip here :)(via Far Left Side)

Friendly Atheist Podcast Ep. 16: TAM2014: Dave Silverman & Comedians Paul Provenza, Kira Soltanovich, & Mike McShane

Our latest podcast guests are American Atheists' Dave Silverman and comedians Paul Provenza, Kira Soltanovich, and Mike McShane.

Three Christian Publications Reject Evangelical Group’s Ad Calling for a Conversation About Civil Marriage Equality

This week marked the launch of a welcome new group to the broader conversation about religion and marriage equality: Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: As Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, we believe you can be a devout, Bible-believing evangelical and support the right of same-sex couples to be recognized by the government as married. Show More Summary

This Week, an Appeals Court Heard Arguments to Reinstate Tax-Free Housing for Pastors

For years now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been in a legal battle to end the "Parsonage Exemption" that allows ministers to deduct the cost of rent for their church-owned houses from their taxable income. FFRF believes that...Show More Summary

Even a Right Wing Attorney Says the Air Force Shouldn’t Reject an Atheist Who Disagrees with “So Help Me God” in Oath

It's not often I get to say this, but OneNewsNow.com and the American Family Association is right.I feel dirty...Anyway, in response to the Air Force service member who was rejected for re-enlistment because he refused to sign an oath with the words "So Help Me God," the AFA's general counsel Patrick Vaughn writes:

Teacher Physically Lifts First-Grader Out of His Seat Because He Won’t Stand for the Pledge

If there are ever problems when a student doesn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, it's usually involves a teacher making a snide comment about it or threatening punishment.But until now, I've never heard of a teacher physically lifting a student out of his seat because he wouldn't stand up. Show More Summary

Do Religious People Have Better Morals Than Non-Believers? Study Says Neither Side Has the Edge

Good without God? Join the club. Via Live Science:Researchers asked 1,252 adults of different religious and political backgrounds in the United States and Canada to record the good and bad deeds they committed, witnessed, learned about...Show More Summary

Third Time’s a Charm for the Least Offensive Atheist Ad Ever

More than two years ago, atheist Justin Vacula and the NEPA Freethought Society attempted to place the following ad on buses in the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) in Pennsylvania: That's almost literally the least offensive atheist ad ever. It says the word... and little else.COLTS rejected the ad, calling it too "controversial."

Having Been Denied the Chance to Deliver Invocations, Atheists Will Soon Protest a Rowlett (TX) City Council Meeting

In 2010, the Rowlett City Council in Texas changed their prayer policy. They used to have Christian prayers, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them of the repercussions of doing that, so the council opted to go with non-sectarian...Show More Summary

Devout Jewish Prostitutes Forced to Have Sex With Clients to “Bring About Redemption,” Police Say

Maybe there's a reason that sects and sex are (almost) homonyms. Via BBC News, we learn that Israeli police busted a prostitution ring that had a religious bent:

Days After Eliminating Invocations, Winter Garden City Commissioners (FL) Ask Their Lawyer for a Do-Over

You may recall that Mayor John Rees, the leader of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), kicked atheist Joseph Richardson out of a meeting a couple of weeks ago after he refused to stand for the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:

Atlas Shrugged: Homo Economicus

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V I’ve said that, in the name of being fair to Ayn Rand, I’ll point out the passages in Atlas that struck me as good, effective writing. This part has one of them, a suitably moody and atmospheric description of what’s happening to New York City: In the second week [Read More...]

Scientists Discover Fossil of an Ancient Crocoduck. Your Move, Kirk Cameron…

In 2007, just before taking part in a debate on Nightline, Creationist Kirk Cameron went on The O'Reilly Factor and explained that evolution was nonsense because there were no transitional fossils to be found.He went on to claim that, if evolution were true, we would see a hybrid between a crocodile and a duck.A crocoduck.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims Talks About Being Openly Non-religious

If you've heard of Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (below), it's likely because he's the first openly gay legislator in the state. But he's also one of the few non-religious politicians in the country and Chris Stedman spoke to him about his beliefs:

Sam Harris Calls Out President Obama on the Falsehood in Last Night’s Speech That Islam Is Fundamentally Good

Last week, I riffed a little on the disingenuous ways in which U.S. presidents advance the idea that, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, religion is necessarily a force for good. This compulsion is especially great when it comes...Show More Summary

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