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Summer Camp for Children of Atheist Parents is Now Led by Ousted Eagle Scouts

Several years ago, Neil Polzin was kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America -- despite being an Eagle Scout -- because he was an atheist.Shawn Jeffers left the BSA in 2002 after coming out as both gay and atheist. He's an Eagle Scout,...Show More Summary

A Teacher Told the Media About the Christian Crosses on Her Classroom Wall… So Now They Have to Come Down

Last week, the Herald Democrat newspaper in Texas published an article about how awesome Christian crosses are. (Because Texas.) It included this passage:A wall of crosses grace the wall of Kristen McCoy’s classroom at Dillingham Intermediate School in Sherman. Show More Summary

Science as the Ultimate Spoiler Alert

Have you ever been obsessed with a TV show but missed an episode? You go crazy trying to avoid spoilers, refusing to visit certain websites or talk to certain people. You'll do anything to block out mentions of the show. You're happy...Show More Summary

Bill O’Reilly: Christians Are Being Killed in America… Verbally

John Stossel appeared on TV with Bill O'Reilly last night to talk about the non-existent War on Christians...In a pleasant twist, though, the lack of persecution is exactly the point Stossel made to a host who doesn't often get challenged on this issue.

Canadian Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Prayer at Government Meetings in Quebec Town

For a while now, we've been following the Saguenay prayer case.To summarize, Alain Simoneau, who lives in Saguenay (Quebec), challenged the opening prayers at his city government's meetings. The province's human rights tribunal agreed...Show More Summary

Here’s How to Respond to the Anti-Gay “Day of Dialogue”

Tomorrow marks the annual Focus on the Family-sponsored "Day of Dialogue" in which participants can tell their LGBT classmates why they're going to hell. (It's a Christian response to the Day of Silence which takes place on Friday.)This...Show More Summary

Christian Pastor Condemns Colleague for Not Wanting Gay People Put to Death

Apparently, some guy requested that his website be removed from anti-gay Pastor Steven Anderson's church directory -- I guess he didn't want to be associated with Anderson's brand of hate speech -- and that pissed off Anderson's doppelgänger,...Show More Summary

Thanks to Attorney General Supporting Bible Distributions in Oklahoma Schools, Satanists May Get in on the Action

A couple of weeks ago, in Duncan, Oklahoma, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School teacher Erica Mackey announced she had a surprise for her third-grade students:

Why Are Atheists Protesting Outside a Wells Fargo Bank in Las Vegas Later Today?

Last year, John Whiteside (below) was discriminated against at a Wells Fargo branch due to his atheism. At least that's the way he sees it.

The Sci-Fi Fans Who Fear Change

The Hugos, one of the most prestigious awards for sci-fi and fantasy writing, have been hijacked. After several years in which the awardees had become increasingly diverse, reflecting the broader reach and appeal of SF/F, readers discovered that this year’s nominees were dominated by a ballot-stuffing campaign organized by a right-wing faction that calls itself, [Read More...]

How Amy Schumer Survived a Haunted Hotel

As comedian Amy Schumer's latest adventure demonstrates, not since The Shining has a hotel exuded such dark, supernatural mystery.

Dealing With Bad Ideas: Some Options

In the first post in this series, I explained what I mean by "bad ideas," at least for the purpose of the series. I said that for now I am content to let us define them subjectively as nothing more than ideas we consider to be bad ones for whatever reason. Show More Summary

Finally, a Horoscope That Makes Sense!

Capricorns have all the fun conception stories... (via XKCD)

Upcoming Talks

For anyone interested, here's where I'm heading over the next couple of months. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

University of Florida’s New Building Includes Bible Verse Urging Students to “Walk Humbly with Your God”

In Gainesville, the University of Florida's new building for business education greets students with a Bible verse.Heavener Hall, which is named after a local business leader who made a generous contribution toward its construction, features this inscription on one of the archways leading into the building: He has shown you, O man, what is good. Show More Summary

Even the Devil’s “Spiritual Warfare” Could Not Derail My Family’s Third Adoption

I've written almost nothing for Friendly Atheist for the better part of three weeks. It wasn't entirely by choice: Where I had traveled, in China, Internet access was spotty, and when connections were stable and speeds were decent, sites...Show More Summary

Ted Cruz’s Father Campaigns for Son, Christian Rule, and War on the Faithless

Sen. Ted Cruz leaves no doubt that his father, evangelical minister and wildly popular conservative Christian speaker Rafael Cruz, is his most important professional and personal mentor. Throughout his 2012 Senate campaign, the Texas...Show More Summary

Christian Right Leader Argues for Religious Liberty While Denouncing Wiccan Invocation Since That Mocks God

A few days ago, at the invitation of Iowa State Rep. Liz Bennett, Wiccan priestess Deborah Maynard delivered the opening invocation in the State House.It was an excellent invocation, as far as those go, even though it was met with aShow More Summary

Georgia Lawmaker Rewrites Bill to Offer $350,000 in Tax Breaks to Christian School Where He’s a Trustee

Just hours before the Georgia legislative session ended last week, State Sen. Bruce Thompson (below) made an alteration to HB 202, a bill dealing with taxes, in order to give a massive break to a private Christian college:

Humanist Delivers Invocation in Washington House: “We Are All Sharing the Same Speck of Dust” in This Universe

Yesterday morning in the Washington State House of Representations, the opening invocation was delivered by Robert Ray, President of the Humanists of North Puget Sound:

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