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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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 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...]
As comedian Amy Schumer's latest adventure demonstrates, not since The Shining has a hotel exuded such dark, supernatural mystery.
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
Capricorns have all the fun conception stories... (via XKCD)
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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: