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Why Does Wichita State University’s Basketball Team Employ a Chaplain?

It's commonplace for professional sports teams to have chaplains. They're private leagues; it's not a constitutional violation. But the NCAA is a very different story. Many of the schools in this year's men's basketball tournament are...Show More Summary

Faith Healer Benny Hinn Is Admitted to Intensive Care For Heart Problems

Irony alert:Televangelist Benny Hinn was admitted to the intensive care unit in an Orange County, California hospital this weekend after suffering heart problems in Brazil last week. The 63-year-old healing evangelist is expected toShow More Summary

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Is No Longer the Worst Movie in IMDb’s History

I think Kirk Cameron is having a party somewhere.Last December, I noted that his movie Saving Christmas had the dubious distinction of having the worst film in IMDb history.

American Atheists Will Air Its First National TV Commercial Tonight on CNN

Before and after tonight's CNN special, "Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers," American Atheists will air its first-ever national TV commercial:

Ohio Public School District Asks Students to Practice “Christian Values” in Handbook

Check out this page from the student handbook for Edon Northwest Local School District in Ohio: Which "Christian values" do they want students to uphold? Being willing to kill someone if God tells them to? Stoning people who violateShow More Summary

Ken Ham: Climate Change Would Be “Startling” if Earth Were Millions of Years Old, But It’s Not, So Don’t Worry!

It's always unnerving to hear Ken Ham admit the reality of climate change. But then he keeps talking and everything goes back to normal. In his latest brain dropping, he goes after his critics:

Afghan Cleric and Cop Defend Mob That Stomped Woman To Death… But She Turns Out To Be Innocent

Last week, a seething mob in Kabul, Afghanistan, beat and stomped a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda to death. The attackers, whose extreme brutality was caught on camera, felt not just justified, but obligated, because they'd heard...Show More Summary

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Book, Heretic, is Out Today

Today marks the release of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's latest book Heretic: ABC News posted an excerpt from it and Hirsi Ali holds little back, even evoking the opening of Sam Harris' The End of Faith:

How Will Atheists Treat Christians in the Future?

Dear Christians,If Christianity and other religions continue to decline in the U.S., as some are predicting and as has already happened in many Western nations, we could eventually reach the point where there are more atheists than Christians. Show More Summary

Atheist Delivers Invocation at Lenoir City Council Meeting in Tennessee

Last night, an atheist delivered the invocation before a meeting of the Lenoir City Council:

Gullible Colombians See the Face of Jesus in the Remains of a Landslide

Did the face of Jesus appear in a South American landslide? The answer is (obviously) no. The answer is always no.

Openly Secular Day is April 23: Can You Come Out to Just One Person?

On April 23, the Openly Secular campaign is asking you to pledge to tell one person you're not religious:

Utah’s Pro-Life Governor Signs Bill Approving Firing Squads for Death Row Inmates if Lethal Drugs Are Unavailable

In 2010, Utah Governor Gary Herbert (below) signed a bill charging women who arranged for an illegal abortion with "criminal homicide." In 2012, he got behind a law requiring women to wait an unnecessary 72 hours before getting an abortion. Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 47: Wendy Thomas Russell, Author of Relax, It’s Just God

Our latest podcast guest is Wendy Thomas Russell, author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious. Wendy began her career as a journalist who spent years covering criminal justice. Show More Summary

Listen to This Creationist Complain About Another Creationist’s Plan of Salvation for Not Being Jesus-y Enough

You probably know that Creationist Kent Hovind (who was already in prison for tax evasion) was recently found guilty of contempt of court.Guess who's coming to his defense?Pastor Steven Anderson, who thinks Hovind is just a victim of...Show More Summary

Mistake in Reciting Qur’an Leads to Caning and Hospital Visit for 10-Year-Old Boy

To Train Up a Child, special Islamic version:An imam in Uttar Pradesh punished a 10-year-old boy with 170 push ups and then caned him, after he failed to recite a chapter from Quran correctly. The boy had to be treated in hospital after the beating.... Show More Summary

Creationist Megan Fox Thinks Our Library Fundraiser Backfired

If you need to catch up on this story, I suggest reading this post.Creationist Megan Fox posted this on her Facebook page yesterday: A few thoughts:

Pickens County School Board Will Vote Tonight to Bring Prayer Back to Their Meetings

I thought this issue had been put to rest already… but I guess not. Last September, the Pickens County Board of Trustees in South Carolina decided to allow sectarian invocations at their meetings. They figured they were above the law on this one despite the advice of their attorney: The policy doesn’t run afoul of [Read More...]

Why We Won’t See an Openly Atheist President Anytime Soon

The Washington Post's new "Acts of Faith" section has the rundown of whether we'll see an (openly) atheist President anytime soon. (Spoiler: HA!)

Meth-Dealing Priest and Money Launderer Kevin Wallin Would Like a Light Sentence, Please

If Father Kevin Wallin had peed in the baptismal font, smoked kush in the confessional, and humped a life-size crucifix, his bosses and parishioners would probably only be half as shocked as they are by what Wallin really did do.Wallin, now 63 years old, was formerly the priest at St. Show More Summary

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