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Kevin Sorbo, Star of “God’s Not Dead,” Trashes Atheists on Access Hollywood

Kevin Sorbo is the former Hercules star who appeared in the money-making, nasty-stereotype-affirming, faith-based movie God's Not Dead.The movie's out on DVD now and Sorbo appeared on Access Hollywood yesterday to discuss the film with...Show More Summary

A Conservative Christian Group is Now Begging the IRS to Come After Politicking Churches So They Can Fight Back

Last month, in the face of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS agreed that it would enforce its own rules and go after pastors who endorsed political candidates from the pulpit. This had become a trend in recent years, especially with "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," but the IRS never went after those churches.

Canadian Order of Catholic Priests Will Have to Pay $20,000,000 to Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Redemptorists are Catholic priests who are part of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. In Canada, they reside in Quebec, associated with the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine (below): And yesterday, after losing a long-standing class action lawsuit for child abuse last month, they agreed to pay a monster fine of $20,000,000:

PZ Myers Does Not Speak For Us

Electronic red megaphone on stand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Atheists routinely criticize religious moderates for not doing more about their extremist colleagues. What is it that we expect them to do? For starters, we want them to speak out. Show More Summary

Atheist Delivering Invocation Praises Glendale (Arizona) City Council for Creating Change “Without Supernaturalism”

Atheist Brooke Mulder delivered an invocation at yesterday's meeting of the Glendale City Council in Arizona:

Indonesian Supreme Court Upholds Alexander Aan’s Jail Sentence on Charges of Blasphemy

Alexander Aan, you may recall, is the Indonesian atheist who spent 19 months in jail for promoting atheism online (his original sentence was 30 months). He was hit with a blasphemy charge and put away so he could do no further "damage." Even though he's out of prison now, the Jakarta Post reports that, yesterday, the Indonesian Supreme Court deemed his sentence appropriate:

Ask Richard: British Teen Atheist Enduring Muslim Exorcisms

Note: I have altered a few details of this letter to better conceal the writer’s identity, because safety is of concern. The gist of the situation remains the same.Dear Richard,I come from an incredibly strict Muslim household, I am a teenager and living in the UK, and I am an atheist. Show More Summary

P.Z. Myers is (Surprise!) Unmoved By Suicide of “Wealthy White” Robin Williams

I'm not exactly Mr. Sunshine, so you might think the curmudgeonly grousing of atheist blogger P.Z. Myers would resonate with me. It rarely does, and yesterday I was reminded why. In writing about the suicide of comedian Robin Williams, Myers went from prickly to prickish in three seconds flat. Show More Summary

South Carolina Board of Education Will Meet Today to Vote on Anti-Evolution Science Standards

We know South Carolina has a serious education problem. This is the state where one candidate for Superintendent of Education didn't know what the science standards were while another openly promoted Intelligent Design. It's the place...Show More Summary

Atheist Delivers Invocation in Colorado Springs, Citing “Sky Cake” and “Sky Baklava”

Eric Williams, a member of the Atheist Community of Colorado Springs, delivered an invocation at yesterday's meeting of the Colorado Springs City Council:

Answering an 11-Year-Old Christian

Last week, this comment was left on an older post. I wouldn’t normally approve proselytizing like this, but since the author identifies himself as an 11-year-old homeschooler, I decided to give it a pass and write him a reply. We may be familiar with these arguments, but it’s likely that he’s never encountered a real [Read More...]

Manipulating One's Audience: A Different Sort of Outrage

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of marsdencartoons.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I wrote yesterday about the pattern of social media outrage where a public figure says something insensitive in response to a news story, is met with outrage, and ends up apologizing. Show More Summary

I Hope Everyone Wishes Upon a Star, Too

I'm pretty sure this is a last thing they need in Iraq right now...

Should a Critic of Evolution Be Invited to Speak at a Prestigious University?

This August, Intelligent Design advocate (or should I say cdesign proponentsist) William Dembski will be giving a lecture at the University of Chicago: Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, who teaches there, is rightfully furious:

The Seven Benefits of a Relationship Between an Atheist and a Believer

My friend Dale McGowan, who has already written two incredibly popular books on raising children as an atheist parent -- Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers -- has just published his latest book about atheists who are in...Show More Summary

A Public High School Football Team in Georgia is Pushing Christianity on Players and There Are Pictures to Prove It

How much proof do you need that a public high school football team has an illegal dose of religion infused into it?How about a picture of a team prayer? How about a Bible verse quoted on the team's workout log sheet?

Taxpayer-funded Catholic Schools in Ontario Force Students to Take Religion Classes, Even if They Request Exemptions

In Canada, where Catholic schools receive public funding, a new report by The Globe and Mail indicates that students who want to withdraw from religion classes for academic reasons are being denied. Mind you, these aren't just comparative religion classes -- they are classes in which you're told what to believe. Show More Summary

An Indiana State Park May Soon Be Home to a Statue of a Kneeling Soldier in Front of a Christian Cross

Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana is about to receive a large veterans memorial statue featuring a kneeling soldier... and you totally know where this is going: If that doesn't scream "America is a Christian Nation," I don't know what does. It's like a Stephen Colbert wet dream, with an eagle, a soldier, and a cross all in one.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Condemns Upcoming Black Mass

Last month, there was a controversy in Oklahoma when the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu church scheduled a Black Mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. In case you're unfamiliar, a Black Mass distorts and inverts a traditional Catholic Mass,...Show More Summary

Robin Williams, Shepard Smith, and the Appeal of Outrage

Robin-Williams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Not every instance of social media outrage is the same. There are bound to be exceptions to the general pattern. What is the general pattern? I think it looks something like this: A major news story breaks, and everyone is talking about it (e.g., the death of Robin Williams). Show More Summary

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