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Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill That Would’ve Allowed Proselytizing During Football Games and Graduation Speeches

Earlier this year, Virginia legislators attempted to pass Senate Bill No. 236. Among other things, the bill would legalize student-led, administration-supported proselytizing at football games, during morning announcements, graduation ceremonies, and anywhere else where students had a public forum. Show More Summary

American Atheists’ David Silverman Addresses Crowd at Mass Mormon Resignation

Yesterday, while the 184th Annual General Conference of the (Mormon) Church took place nearby, two atheist groups led a mass resignation for Mormons who wanted to leave the Church for good. Atheists of Utah and American Atheists (national) led the 75-person march around Temple Square. Afterwards, AA President David Silverman spoke to the crowd:

Seven Million and Counting

Last week, the open enrollment period for Obamacare officially ended, and a major goal has been reached: about 7.1 million people signed up for insurance on the exchanges. This surpasses the CBO’s initial estimate of 7 million enrollments (which, I should note, was lowered to 6 million after the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov). It’s important [Read More...]

Mississippi Passes Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Mississippi State Capitol (Photo credit: shawnzrossi) During the last few months, much of my limited free time was occupied by signing petitions, writing letters, using social media to spread the word, and emailing and calling my state...Show More Summary

This Week, PBS Will Begin Airing Neil Shubin’s Evolution Series, Documenting How We Are ‘Just a Jerry-Rigged Fish’

In 2006, paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin and his team discovered fossil remains of a genus they called Tiktaalik. While anti-evolutionists constantly declare there are no "transitional fossils," Tiktaalik beautifully...Show More Summary

A Secular Invocation at the Pensacola City Council Meeting

Earlier this year, David Suhor gave an excellent non-religious invocation at a meeting of the Pensacola City Council:

The Best Sound Bites and Speeches from Prominent Atheists, All on Video

The Agnostic Atheist Anti-Theist Foundation on Facebook have been putting up a lot of great videos on YouTube lately, compiling the best speeches and sound bites from prominent atheists. Below is just their latest one featuring Christopher Hitchens (part 7 in the series, natch):

After Negative Feedback, Chili’s Will Not Be Donating 10% of Customers’ Checks to Anti-Vaccine Group Tomorrow

Chili's Grill & Bar was planning to host a nationwide fundraiser tomorrow night in which a portion of all proceeds would be given to the National Autism Association. That sounds all well and good until you take a look at the NAA's website,...Show More Summary

In Saturday Night Live Sketch, Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Global Warming to Fox & Friends Crew

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn't actually on Saturday Night Live last night, but Kenan Thompson portrayed the astrophysicist explaining global warming to the dunces hosting Fox & Friends (watch the clip on NBC or Hulu):

Idaho’s Largest School District Removes Award-Winning Book from Curriculum in Part Because It Mocks Jesus

Here's what you need to know about Sherman Alexie's novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: It's won a ridiculous number of prestigious awards since being published in 2007. Every kid you know who's read it has loved it. A...Show More Summary

America’s Most Important Defender of Evolution May Be This Catholic

The Daily Beast has a positive profile of Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller, a devout Catholic whose defense of science/evolution helped destroy Intelligent Design during the Dover trial:

You’re Not Going to Go There

Here's the most depressing thing you'll read all day: Someone depriving himself of happiness because of what religion convinced him to believe. Even worse: There are people reading that and smiling because they believe religion has done its job. (via PostSecret)

A Song About How There Isn’t Any God… Now with YouTube Comments!

In 2012, singer-songwriter Rusty Cage released a video for his song "Gospel (There Isn't Any God)." You can (and should) listen to it here. Nice voice. Catchy music. Interesting lyrics: There isn't any God and when you die you're just...Show More Summary

Set Your Irony Meters to ‘Explode’: The Creation Museum’s New Ad Campaign Suggests ‘Noah’ Movie is Too Farfetched

Creationist Ken Ham, a man many Christians accuse of misinterpreting the Bible, recently panned the movie Noah for being too "unbiblical." Now, capitalizing on the movie's popularity, Ham is launching a new ad campaign -- including digital ads near both Times Square and Hollywood -- that suggests people can find out about the "real" Noah by visiting the Creation Museum:

Proposed Quebec Charter of Values May Lead to the Public Sector Firings of Those Who Wear Turbans or Hijabs

Generally speaking, Canadians like to fancy ourselves decent, tolerant people, (mostly) accepting of cultural diversity in a live-and-let-live sort of way, and openly enthusiastic when it comes to having plenty of restaurant choicesShow More Summary

After Twitter User Says Prayer Won’t Stop Future Gun Tragedies, Congressman Responds, ‘Get the Heck Out of America’

In response to the Fort Hood shooting this week, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Olson took to Twitter to express his thoughts about what to do: Well... whatever happened, prayer sure as hell won't fix anything. And one of Olson's followers replied back with that precise sentiment: We don't need prayers. Show More Summary

What Single Factor Is Most Responsible for People Leaving Religion?

There are a few factors that have a strong association with religious affiliation, like whether your parents were religious and how much formal education you have, but Professor Allen B. Downey of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts says there's another factor that has more influence than either of those options: The Internet. ... Show More Summary

Atheists May Soon Be Able to Officiate Wedding Ceremonies in Minnesota

Last month, Minnesota State Representative Phyllis Kahn introduced a bill (HF 2966) that would allow atheists and Humanists to officiate wedding ceremonies, something currently reserved only for religious leaders:

Does Religion Deserve Respect?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Does religion deserve respect?: We'd love to hear your thoughts on the project -- more videos will be posted soon -- and we'd also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! And if you like what you're seeing, please consider supporting this site on Patreon.

If You’d Like to Hear Me Speak…

Over the next few weekends, I'll be giving some talks in the midwest. All the details are below!

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