Automatic sorters inside a major postal facility. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have what will strike some of you as a fairly trivial complaint that applies to most of the large national secular organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, American Atheists, and others. Show More Summary
Bill Nye + emoji?! Science class will make a lot more sense now!(Unless you're older than, say, 19... in which case none of this makes any sense at all.)
How many of you have been like Devin, the "newly-atheist teen who's making a point of not saying the prayers"?
Another child of God has called for gay people to be put to death.Right Wing Watch graciously grabbed this video of Pastor Donnie Romero, the leader of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, preaching that all "dirty faggots"Show More Summary
Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich (below) championed a mentoring program for his state that would allocate $10 million to districts and private schools. Because he's a man committed to bettering the educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged students. Show More Summary
Greta Christina just released a short ebook compiling several essays on the subject of death. It's called, very straightforwardly, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God. In the excerpt below, she talks about why atheists should not concede the ground of death too easily to religion:
This is a guest post by Max Nielson. Max is a student at the College of Charleston....In 2012, I filed a federal lawsuit against South Carolina's Lexington/Richland School District 5, where I attended Irmo High School, because I wanted to do something to change the district-wide policy of holding Christian prayers during graduation ceremonies. Show More Summary
Ten years from now, Brian Brown says, the world will be a terrifying bastion of sexual perversion, a hotbed for mass marriages, a poverty-stricken, post-apocalyptic shell of what it once was -- and all because we didn't stop marriage equality when we had the chance. Show More Summary
Fitbit One As you will undoubtedly guess from the name of this blog, most of what I post here has to do with atheism, skepticism, reason, secularism, and the like. I also like to write off-topic posts from time-to-time, and this will be one of them. Show More Summary
The town of Jay, Florida has had a Nativity scene in front of City Hall for the past 40 years, a clear promotion of Christianity by the local government. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent town officials a letter last week explaining this problem, they offered a possible solution -- one they suggested to a neighboring town a couple of years ago:
Forget the penis necklace from yesterday. You should show up to your family's holiday get-together in this lovely and warm Satanic sweater:
At Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, there used to be a plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging in the hallway. It was there for over 50 years, a gift from the Class of 1953.Over the summer, knowing that it would eventually be subject to a legal challenge, district officials took it down. Show More Summary
On Friday evening, I went to Exodus: Gods and Kings. While I'll leave a full review to the professionals, there are a few points that stood out to me as atheist viewer. (Spoilers ahead!)
In September of 2012, representatives from Gideons International came to White Elementary School in Georgia during the school day and distributed bibles to students who wanted them. The principal even announced the distribution to students. Show More Summary
Pastor Steven Anderson, when he's not explaining why gay people need to be executed, is working on a film called Marching to Zion, which is all about how Jews aren't God's "chosen people" (because Christians are) and how the "modern-day nation of Israel... Show More Summary
Rev. Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi is gliding swiftly down a slippery slope. In order to protest gay marriage rights, he stood in front of the courthouse downtown... next to a horse in a wedding dress.This is how bigots think.
Following the rejection of his Ark Park's tax rebates, potentially costing him more than $18,000,000, Ken Ham released a video yesterday commenting on the setback.In the video, Ham is in his element: Misrepresenting his ideological opponents and showcasing his own ignorance.
Two years ago, Monsignor Bernard McGarty was driving by a festive display of holiday lights in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin, enjoying Christmas carols on the radio, when a thought struck him: How dismal and cheerless La Crosse...Show More Summary
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A billboard along I-95 near Richmond, Virginia, erected recently by PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays), has come in for derision after the man depicted on it contacted local news to say the roadside ad takes serious liberties with the truth. South African model Kyle Roux clarified that he doesn't have a twin brother, and that he is himself an out-and-proud gay man: