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Join the #AtheistVoter Campaign

The #NormalizeAtheism campaign used Twitter to bring attention to the important goal of normalizing atheism, and now American Atheists has brought us a new one. On October 21, American Atheists announced a two-week #AtheistVoter campaign. Show More Summary

A Blogging Revival

Gothic revival church of St John the Baptist (1894 – 96) in Dohalice, Hradec Králové District, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The evangelical fundamentalist Christians in the part of the U.S. where I live have something called revival. Show More Summary

Religious Atrocities in the Age of Transparency

Daniel Dennett at the 17. Göttinger Literaturherbst, October 19th, 2008, in Göttingen, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Sooner or later, every atheist blogger writes about religious atrocities (e.g., clergy sexual abuse). Howls ofShow More Summary

Daily Show Mocks Exorcism

I love The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the clip below is an example of why. The clip reminds viewers that the Catholic Church is still performing exorcisms. I know you knew that; I'm not sure the entire audience did, and so I think that was an important contribution all by itself. Show More Summary

Reducing Spam Comments

no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I made a change to the commenting system here today. I'm not sure this will affect any of you, but I wanted to let you know about it just in case.The Intense Debate commenting system appears to use a low-quality spam filter, and I've been seeing a sharp increase in the number of spam comments lately. Show More Summary

The Atheist Community is Dead; Long Live the Atheist Communities

Flags of Coalition of the Radical Left supporters in a coalition rally in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If is is true, as I believe it is, that atheism begins and ends with the lack of god belief, I suppose it makes sense that most atheists who write blogs will eventually address topics other than atheism. Show More Summary

Free Speech on Campus

US Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice, speaking on climate change in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My views on the importance of free expression and what threatens it have evolved over time. I do not have to go back more than a couple years to find posts I wrote on this topic with which I now disagree. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley Students Are Protesting Bill Maher’s Upcoming Commencement Speech, Claiming He’s a “Bigot and Racist”

It's the Ayaan Hirsi Ali controversy all over again...This time, comedian Bill Maher was invited to deliver the commencement address at University of California, Berkeley's winter graduation ceremony.

Minnesota County Sued for Denying Atheists the Ability to Officiate a Wedding

Earlier this year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings. Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate...Show More Summary

Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain Appeals to Faith

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains appeals to faith -- specifically, how do you respond to someone who says, "You just have to have faith"?

Friday Night Music: The Dollyrots

It’s Friday, and after a week like this one, I’m guessing we could all use something upbeat to ease into the weekend. So here’s a blast of pure sonic joy from the Dollyrots, a pop-punk band fronted by the husband-wife duo of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas. This is one of my favorites off their [Read More...]

Now That’s a Letter-to-the-Editor!

It's been a while since I've seen a letter-to-the-editor that I had to read multiple times just to take it all in... but this one in the Idaho Press-Tribune is just a classic in the making:

Speaking in Tongues: It’s Now a Cure for Ebola

Kenneth Copeland knows exactly how to cure the "murderous demon virus" Ebola.And it involves speaking Dothraki in tongues (at the 13:45 mark):

This Porn Star Became a Christian Evangelist After Reaching Real Ecstasy With Jesus

She had sex on-camera with a hundred women (not all at once, I think) and appeared with barely a shred of clothing in Hustler and Penthouse.These days, using the title "Porn Again Christian," Teresa Carey sells wet dreams of a different kind, preaching religious surrender and salvation to audiences that include church groups and student gatherings.

“I’m Not a Scientist” Is Not an Excuse to Believe in Nonsense

David Shiffman, a University of Miami Ph.D. Student, has an article up on Slate about the "I'm not a scientist" line, and it's very much worth reading.As you're most likely aware, "I'm not a scientist" is something politicians often say when they're asked for their positions on topics like climate change, evolution, etc. Show More Summary

Last Night, Someone Drove a Car Into Oklahoma’s Controversial Ten Commandments Monument

For a couple of years now, there's been a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building: We've been talking about it quite a bit on this site for a couple of reasons. 1) It was the subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of...Show More Summary

Alabama High School Football Team Performs Baptisms on the Field After Practice

I'll never understand why some Christians, clearly breaking the law, choose to do so publicly. When you break the rules, you shouldn't be bragging about it on social media or the Internet.Yet that's what the Freedom From Religion Foundation...Show More Summary

Would Any Augusta (GA) Readers Like to Go to a Faith-Healing Show… and Tell Us What It Was Like?

It's free, and it's a spectacle you won't soon forget.Many have testified and been healed from incurable diseases Cancer, HIV, and many have walked out of wheelchairs and crutches, canes after Apostle Ssali has prayed for them.October 24th & 25th 2014 7pm nightly.That's tonight and tomorrow night. Show More Summary

Sam Harris Discusses His Beliefs with Cenk Uygur for Three Hours

Yesterday, Sam Harris sat down with The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur to discuss their philosophies, disagreements about Islam, and so much more. It's a three-hour discussion, so it might be worth saving until the weekend.(Fun fact: Harris says around the 10:00 mark: "I don't want to stay here long." Heh.)

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