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Mississippi’s Jackson Public School District Began the Year with Jesus at a Mandatory Event for Faculty Members

In the district I taught in, we used to hold a massive beginning-of-the-year event for faculty members at a nearby Christian church. It was the only local space that could accommodate that many people. But it wasn't a problem because, other than the building itself, you wouldn't have known you were in a church. Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 11: Billy Hallowell, TheBlaze.com

Our latest podcast guest is Billy Hallowell, faith and culture editor at TheBlaze.com (the site founded by Glenn Beck):

Who Owns the ATHEIST License Plate in Your State?

Just out of sheer curiosity, I'm trying to compile a list of all the people in the U.S. who own the "ATHEIST" license plate in their state. Not a variant of it, not another synonym for atheist, but the actual seven-letter plate. YouShow More Summary

Brigham Young University Bookstore Accidentally Stocks Greeting Cards Celebrating Same-Sex Weddings

Officials at Brigham Young University sprang into action last week when a moral crisis rocked their campus: Hallmark greeting cards celebrating same-sex weddings showed up unannounced in the campus bookstore. The Mormon-owned BYU operates under an "honor code" banning anyone from acting on feelings of same-sex attraction. Show More Summary

Hindu Group Leader Urges Town of Greece (NY) to Not Exclude Atheists from Giving Invocations

In response to the Town of Greece (New York) changing their invocation policy to exclude non-religious speakers, Rajan Zed (below), President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, issued a press release Saturday condemning the Town Board and urging them to be more inclusive:

The South Will Not Rise Again

Last year, I wrote about the continuing exodus of members from the Catholic church, and apologists’ fumbling suggestions for how to reverse the trend. I noted with amusement that there was an elephant in the room – the church’s retrograde doctrines which drive away young people – which the apologists were carefully tiptoeing around while [Read More...]

Is Separation of Church and State Still Relevant?

Mouzinho da Silveira, whose influence during the post-War era would result in changes to the economy, the separation of church and state and the reorganization of municipalities (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The question contained in the title of this post seems like an odd one to ask, and perhaps it is. Show More Summary

She Loves to Praise the Lord

Mr. Bullshit and Mr. Credulous finally have a new friend in Little Miss Hallelujah:

Bill Nye Speaks About His Debate Against Creationist Ken Ham

Bill Nye the Science Guy was the keynote speaker at this year's The Amazing Meeting, and video of his talk is finally online. He spoke at length about his debate with Creationist Ken Ham:

An Indian State Just Found a Way to Make Blasphemy Laws Look Lenient

You thought blasphemy laws were bad? According to a new law in the Indian state of Karnataka, officials can arrest you before you've even done anything that might be considered blasphemous.

Will Child-Abusing Former Nuncio Receive Secular Justice in the Vatican? Dominicans Aren’t Holding Their Breath

Since we last wrote about Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (below), almost a year ago, he's been through some changes. You may recall that Wesolowski, the papal nuncio (ambassador) to the Dominican Republic, was recalled to Rome after allegations surfaced that he'd been sexually abusing Dominican boys for years. Show More Summary

How Not to Be an Atheist Asshole

The folks at Absence of Clothing have some advice for all of us:

“In God We Trust” Signs Will Go Up in Isle of Wight (VA) Schools

In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature passed a bill saying that all public schools had to put the statement "In God We Trust" somewhere where everyone could see it. They didn't even refer to it as...Show More Summary

Flint, Michigan Officials May Spread Scientology to Save the City

In Flint, Michigan, city council members will take any help they can get. So when Scientologist Monika Biddle showed up at their meeting earlier this week with a solution to their problems, they were eager to hear it. Her plan involves the distribution of a book called The Way to Happiness:

Christians Disregard Jesus to Pray Publicly

There are many parts of the Christian bible that are somewhat ambiguous, unclear, or inconsistent. This reality is accepted by many Christians. Other parts of the Christian bible seem quite clear. Take Matthew 6:5-7 for example:5. And...Show More Summary

Why Are Taxpayer-Funded Charter Schools in Texas Involved in a Christian Athletic League?

The Texas Christian Athletic League was formed in 1991 with a very specific purpose: [It was formed] with a heart toward providing high school student athletes with a competitive sports arena within a Christian culture... It has been...Show More Summary

What Would You Do if You Were Given Ultimate Power?

In the first episode of what I hope will be a longer series, DarkMatters2525 illustrates a great thought experiment: What would you do if you were given ultimate power?Carve out the 11 minutes you need to watch the whole thing. Definitely worth it.

Bricks Have Been Knitted; It’s Time to Show Congress

Remember how the Secular Coalition for America was encouraging people to #KnitABrick in response to the awful Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling?Turns out they got a few submissions:

Here’s Old Footage of a Christian Apologist Saying That If You Have Lots of Sex, You’ll Be Dead or Paralyzed

I don't know where Honeydew Wilkins finds this stuff, but here's an old video of Christian apologist Josh McDowell warning a whole bunch of young people to stay away from sex (while rocking a kickass sweater):

Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Lord… or Something Else?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses if Jesus was a liar, lunatic, Lord... or something else:

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