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Allahu Ak-beard: Muslim Prisoner, Represented by Hobby Lobby Law Firm, Asks the Supremes to OK His Facial Hair

A Muslim inmate is fighting all the way up to the Supreme Court to force U.S. prisons to give the thumbs up to religious beards:The new case was brought by an Arkansas inmate, Gregory H. Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. Show More Summary

At Anti-Abortion Rally, Non-Religious Speaker Urges Audience to Accept Atheists Who Share Their Views

At a recent pro-life (or anti-abortion or whatever you want to call it) rally in California, Monica Snyder of the group Secular Pro-Life urged the audience not to forget about the non-religious demographic when making their argument...

Should the United States Attempt to Kill ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islam’s Self-Proclaimed New Caliph?

In the New Republic, Graeme Wood explains what the Islamic State's ostensible caliphate means to Muslims the world over:The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. Show More Summary

Indiana Governor Says State Park’s Sculpture of a Kneeling Soldier in Front of a Christian Cross Can Stay Put

The Christian sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana that caused so much controversy can stay right where it is, says Indiana Department of Natural Resources director Cameron Clark. And Governor Mike Pence is backing him up:

August Was a Great Month For God and His Son Appearing in Clouds… and on a Moth

A little roundup:God's face appeared in a cloud over a soon-to-be-demolished drive-in movie theater that was showing (this gives me chills, people!) God's Not Dead. He's perched over the girl's left shoulder, looking like the product of a supernatural tryst between a drunk Dionysus and Charles Darwin.

Tiptoeing Around the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act is an abiding dilemma for members of the right-wing Church of Not Gay. As marriage equality continues to progress, their latest cause celebre is arguing that believers should have the right to refuse service to gay couples – whether they be photographers, bakers, owners of wedding venues, even county clerks – [Read More...]

Many Atheists Do Care About Religion

Kevin Sorbo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Why do so many atheists seem to care so much about religion? If we don't believe in gods or share religious beliefs, why do we spend so much of our time thinking about them, talking about them, writing...Show More Summary

Humanist Chaplaincies Around the Country Have Created a Group Blog and Are Looking for Writers

The folks at the Humanist Community at Rutgers have started a project involving all six of the current Humanist chaplaincies (including those at Yale, American, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford) -- it's a multi-university journal/blog called Applied Sentience:

Which Christian Sculpture Are We Arguing About?

I just posted earlier today about a Christian sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana: Part of the negative reaction, in addition to the presence of a Christian cross, was the amateur look of the kneeling farmboy/soldier.

Another American Reporter, Steven Sotloff, Believed to Have Been Beheaded in New ISIS Video

Steven Sotloff‘s family is in mourning after footage emerged that appears to show the 31-year-old journalist’s beheading at the hands of ISIS terrorists. “I’m back, Obama, because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,...Show More Summary

The Difference Between Science and Religion in One Comic Strip

This comic by Redditor jerfoo does an excellent job of explaining the difference between science and religion (only the first panel is below):

Navajo Kindergartener Sent Home Because His Long Hair Violated the Dress Code

Malachi Wilson, a five-year-old citizen of the Navajo Nation, was turned away from his first day at a Texas public school because his hair was too long. School officials ordered him to cut his hair short before returning to the classroom to avoid running afoul of the school’s dress code. Show More Summary

Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian Witch Hunter, Sues Her Critics for £500,000,000

Helen Ukpabio is an evangelical Christian from Nigeria who holds some despicable beliefs:

Survey Shows That More Than a Third of Americans Support a Pledge of Allegiance Without “Under God”

Earlier this year, LifeWay Research (an evangelical Christian polling group) asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and, to no one's surprise, they overwhelmingly said yes: The American...Show More Summary

FFRF Prompts Further Scrutiny of Indiana State Park’s Statue of a Kneeling Soldier in Front of a Christian Cross

Last month, we learned that Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana was going to receive a large veterans memorial statue featuring a kneeling soldier next to a cross, all underneath a giant eagle: That sculpture was designed by Dayle Lewis, who didn't hide his faith on his website:

Bill Nye/Neil deGrasse Tyson 2016

On a recent episode of Star Talk Radio, guest hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman, Bill Nye was asked if he'd ever consider running for higher office.To which he responded: "Neil deGrasse Tyson and I are working on our cabinet."

A Perfect Response to That Line About God Not Creating “Adam and Steve”

Zack Weiner offers a terrific response to the tired old line about "Adam & Steve":

D. J. Grothe is No Longer President of the James Randi Educational Foundation

In a brief press release issued late this afternoon, the James Randi Educational Foundation announced that its Los Angeles offices would be closing to save some money... oh, and by the way, D.J. Grothe is no longer the JREF Presiden...

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 13: Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, Directors of An Honest Liar

Our latest podcast guests are Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, directors of An Honest Liar (the documentary about James Randi):

Is This Pastor Being Honest About What He Said at a Secular Event?

In 2013, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, spoke at a conference called Awaken Now.In a clip that just came to my attention, Rodriguez explained how he was invited to pray at a large secular event in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

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