Last month, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke to the Escambia County School Board in Florida, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints when it came to their opening invocations. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver one (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:
You use the power of science... to talk about Jesus and "sin":
In 2011, the Associação Brasileira de Ateus e Agnósticos (Brazilian Association of Atheists and Agnostics) put up these incredible billboards around the country (forgive all my rough translations below): "Religion does not define character" -- Charlie Chaplin is described as someone who didn't believe in god while Adolf Hitler is described as someone who did.
In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains the Argument from Design -- specifically, how certain objects have the order, purpose, and appearance of design, but are actually the products of evolution:
If you haven't already marked your calendar, you're going to want to get right on it, because tomorrow is "National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children," at least according to anti-abortion advocates, who are setting up memorials,...Show More Summary
Who really deserves the blame for the crucifixion...? You can see the rest of the strip here :)(via Far Left Side)
Our latest podcast guests are American Atheists' Dave Silverman and comedians Paul Provenza, Kira Soltanovich, and Mike McShane.
This week marked the launch of a welcome new group to the broader conversation about religion and marriage equality: Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: As Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, we believe you can be a devout, Bible-believing evangelical and support the right of same-sex couples to be recognized by the government as married. Show More Summary
For years now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been in a legal battle to end the "Parsonage Exemption" that allows ministers to deduct the cost of rent for their church-owned houses from their taxable income. FFRF believes that...Show More Summary
It's not often I get to say this, but OneNewsNow.com and the American Family Association is right.I feel dirty...Anyway, in response to the Air Force service member who was rejected for re-enlistment because he refused to sign an oath with the words "So Help Me God," the AFA's general counsel Patrick Vaughn writes:
If there are ever problems when a student doesn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, it's usually involves a teacher making a snide comment about it or threatening punishment.But until now, I've never heard of a teacher physically lifting a student out of his seat because he wouldn't stand up. Show More Summary
Good without God? Join the club. Via Live Science:Researchers asked 1,252 adults of different religious and political backgrounds in the United States and Canada to record the good and bad deeds they committed, witnessed, learned about...Show More Summary
More than two years ago, atheist Justin Vacula and the NEPA Freethought Society attempted to place the following ad on buses in the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) in Pennsylvania: That's almost literally the least offensive atheist ad ever. It says the word... and little else.COLTS rejected the ad, calling it too "controversial."
In 2010, the Rowlett City Council in Texas changed their prayer policy. They used to have Christian prayers, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them of the repercussions of doing that, so the council opted to go with non-sectarian...Show More Summary
Maybe there's a reason that sects and sex are (almost) homonyms. Via BBC News, we learn that Israeli police busted a prostitution ring that had a religious bent:
You may recall that Mayor John Rees, the leader of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), kicked atheist Joseph Richardson out of a meeting a couple of weeks ago after he refused to stand for the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:
Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V I’ve said that, in the name of being fair to Ayn Rand, I’ll point out the passages in Atlas that struck me as good, effective writing. This part has one of them, a suitably moody and atmospheric description of what’s happening to New York City: In the second week [Read More...]
In 2007, just before taking part in a debate on Nightline, Creationist Kirk Cameron went on The O'Reilly Factor and explained that evolution was nonsense because there were no transitional fossils to be found.He went on to claim that, if evolution were true, we would see a hybrid between a crocodile and a duck.A crocoduck.
If you've heard of Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (below), it's likely because he's the first openly gay legislator in the state. But he's also one of the few non-religious politicians in the country and Chris Stedman spoke to him about his beliefs:
Last week, I riffed a little on the disingenuous ways in which U.S. presidents advance the idea that, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, religion is necessarily a force for good. This compulsion is especially great when it comes...Show More Summary