It should go without saying that students need a working knowledge of the world's major religions to understand the motivations of billions of people and the source of who-knows-how-many conflicts. That's why the Revere Public Schools...Show More Summary
Are you having a good today? Let's fix that.The Council on Foreign Relations has put together a map showing where all the vaccine-preventable diseases are all over the world. The fact that there are large circles anywhere should be horrifying. Whooping cough, people. Whooping cough.
It's hard to believe that some public high schools still have explicitly Christian prayers before football games... and even harder to believe that no one has the knowledge or courage to report it. But that's what was happening in Alabama's Piedmont City School District until the Freedom From Religion Foundation stepped in this past March:
Over at Charisma News, editor Jennifer LeClaire (whom we met previously here and here) outdoes herself with a piece entitled "When Atheists Try to Stir Up Witches Against You."
In 1912, a high school was built on 29 acres of land in Monroe, Ohio. That building is no longer used and now sits in complete disarray, but treating it for asbestos and demolishing it would require more than $1,000,000 that the Monroe...Show More Summary
Original ouija board (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Have you seen the previews for the new horror movie that just opened called Ouija? It looks quite silly, but the previews were enough to bring back memories of something I'd long forgotten: the sheer terror with which some evangelical fundamentalist Christians regard the Ouija board. Show More Summary
They finally opened a restaurant for atheists in Boston!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a seventh grader in the San Jacinto Unified School District in California. He was reprimanded by his teacher after remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. As usual, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center was on it:
Ben Shapiro probably isn't Ben Affleck's favorite person, but that's OK -- the feeling is mutual.Shapiro, who co-founded the conservative media-watchdog group TruthRevolt, put together a video in which he painstakingly tallies (using...Show More Summary
When I say that we all have gaps in our knowledge, of course that's meant to make my knowledge deficits sound no worse than yours. But sometimes I wonder.A few weeks ago, I beheld the term C.E. (coupled with a four-digit calendar year) for the first time. Show More Summary
During a deposition in April 2014, Archbishop John Nienstedt (below) of Saint Paul and Minneapolis testified to his lack of knowledge concerning a priest's prior conviction of child abuse, saying he had only discovered that sordid history “during the last six months” and that he had never known much about the abuser's past. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Temple garments, underwear worn by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS; Mormons). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) According to Kate Seamons' recent article for Newser, the LDS Church recently put out a video toShow More Summary
On Thursday night, the New York Police Department still described hatchet-wielding attacker Zale Thompson as "just an angry man," downplaying the possibility that he was a terrorist.Then the cops looked at his Facebook page and searched...Show More Summary
Two weeks ago, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the city held an event called "Paint the Plows." It's a cute idea. They get representatives from local schools (and youth groups) to paint the snow plows the city will use when the snow hits.The problem is that two of the participating schools were Christian and painted religious messages on the plows... Show More Summary
A new study released by the Barna Group, in conjunction with David Kinnaman's book Churchless, shows that more people than ever before have no need for a church, even if they're religious.That's one of several factors Kinnaman uses to describe those he calls "post-Christian" (which is quite the euphemism):
Cathy and Terry Hodgson, a couple from New Concord, Ohio, went on Fox News the other day to share photos of their new lawn ornament. It's a four-feet-tall picture of Jesus and some bleating creatures under the text "The Lord Is My Shepherd."Why...Show More Summary
Yesterday, less than 24 hours after someone drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn, police had a suspect in hand. [caption width="550" align="alignnone"]Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma (via James Nimmo)[/caption]
This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 29th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have encountered quite a few Christians during the course of my life who report that they believe in angels....Show More Summary
The #NormalizeAtheism campaign used Twitter to bring attention to the important goal of normalizing atheism, and now American Atheists has brought us a new one. On October 21, American Atheists announced a two-week #AtheistVoter campaign. Show More Summary
Gothic revival church of St John the Baptist (1894 – 96) in Dohalice, Hradec Králové District, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The evangelical fundamentalist Christians in the part of the U.S. where I live have something called revival. Show More Summary