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Secular Student Alliance Announces Scholarships for Young Activists

For the first time ever, the Secular Student Alliance is giving away scholarships, ranging from $250 to $500, to student activists in college or grad school:

Amish Father Nixes Cops’ Request For a Picture of His Kidnapped Daughter, Because It Would Displease God

When two preteen sisters were abducted from the town of Oswegatchie in upstate New York recently, police quickly sprang into action. Naturally, officers asked the parents for photos of their daughters, so that the girls' likenesses could...Show More Summary

New Policy in Town of Greece (NY) May Stop Atheists from Delivering Invocations

Last month, atheist Dan Courtney delivered an invocation at the Greece (New York) Town Board meeting, making him the first atheist to do so at the focal point of this spring's Supreme Court ruling. Remember: This is the town that had...Show More Summary

Catholic Archdiocese: Don’t Support the ALSA with the Ice Bucket Challenge Since They Do Embryonic Stem Cell Research

There are plenty of good reasons not to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge taking over your Facebook timeline -- it's annoying, it's repetitious, just give the ALS the damn money and stop making a charade out of it -- but leave it to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to find one of the worst reasons:

The Pastafarians Are Invading. What Will Jesus Do?

In this episode of the animated webseries Hell Yeah!, Pastafarians invade Jesus' territory and he has to pull together an army to push them back!Lots of blasphemous silliness all around:

Ballwin (Missouri) Aldermen May Put Up “In God We Trust” Displays on City-Owned Buildings

The Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri are considering putting up "In God We Trust" displays on city-owned buildings everywhere... and the Holy Infant Knights of Columbus have already pledged $750 to make that happen.But it's totally not religious. I don't know where you'd even get that idea.

Ben Carson: Removing Bibles from Navy Hospital Rooms is the Same as Imposing Atheism on Everybody

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who's frequently touted as a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, has an article up at National Review about "Atheist Absurdities" and it features gems like this one:

Christian Writer Says It’s Hard to Imagine Vicky Beeching is Gay Because Men Find Her Attractive

Last week, U.K. Christian singer Vicky Beeching (below) won some queer friends -- and lost some Christian ones -- when she came out as gay in an interview with The Independent. Right off the bat, Beeching crushed the notion that you can't be simultaneously gay, Christian, and content with yourself. Show More Summary

With a Tweet Advocating the Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies, Richard Dawkins Proves He Has Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Yesterday, in a discussion about abortion on Richard Dawkins' Twitter feed, this happened: He's had quite the year, hasn't he?

A Teacher Printed Out an Old Version of the Pledge for Her Students So, Naturally, Todd Starnes is Furious

An elementary school teacher in South Carolina was leading her class in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. But they're kids. They don't know all the words yet. So she decided to help them out by printing the words/lyrics for them.Can you see the problem with this? Because one student's mother sure as hell did, and she told Fox News' Todd Starnes:

Confronting Our Own Hypocrisy and Repudiating Bad Behavior

Hypocrisy at Glasgow Cathouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The last of the four suggestions in my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post was the one that will probably be most controversial. I said that I thought we needed toShow More Summary

A Simple and Beautiful Animation of How Life Began

I don't know if I can trust this video from New Scientist because it doesn't mention Jesus.

Funerals for the Non-Religious

With the number of non-religious people on the rise, that inevitably means more non-religious people who die as well. So what happens when it comes time for the funeral and the families don't want a religious ceremony?Emma Green takes a look at funeral rites for the non-religious in The Atlantic:

Pastor Steven Anderson: “Robin Williams is Burning in Hell” Because He Didn’t Follow Christ

Earlier today, Hannah wrote about how some Christians seem more concerned about whether Robin Williams accepted Jesus into his heart than any of the other serious issues surrounding his death.Not all of those Christians are considered extremists by mainstream standards. Show More Summary

Respectable Theory or “Pathologizing Belief”? Russian Scientists Posit That Microbes Spread Religiosity

It should come as no surprise that certain sacred religious practices are remarkably unhygienic. Holy water in church fonts tends to be rife with fecal bacteria. Believers who ritually kiss the same holy stone or other religious artifacts no doubt end up sharing microbes. Show More Summary

Religious Organizations in India Manage to Gather 82 Signatures (So Far) Against ISIS

In India, according to a local news site,A panel of seven members from various Muslim and Christian organizations came together on Tuesday to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and otherShow More Summary

Oklahoma Archbishop Sues Satanic Group Planning Black Mass for Stealing a Consecrated Communion Wafer

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

This Georgia High School Football Team is Pushing Christianity on Players and the Superintendent Doesn’t Seem to Care

Last week, we learned that Christianity was the glue that bound together the Chestatee High School football team in Gainesville, Georgia. The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center even had pictures of coaches involved in a team prayer, a Bible verse quoted on the team's workout log sheet, and cheerleaders hoisting banners with Bible verses on them.

In Response to Pro-Life Group’s Survey, Atheist Congressional Candidate Sends Back Condoms Reading “Prevent Abortion”

James Woods, the openly atheist candidate running for Congress in Arizona's District 5, recently received a form letter from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to sign a pledge supporting the "sanctity of life."He wrote back, saying he couldn't support policies that "jeopardize the health and stability of women and their families"... Show More Summary

As Expected, Right Wingers Are Rallying Around Student Who Supposedly Got Punished for Saying “Bless You”

Yesterday, I posted about Kendra Turner, a student at Dyer County High School in Tennessee, who claimed on Facebook that she was sent out of the classroom for saying "Bless You" after a student sneezed: That seemed pretty crazy, and I offered this hypothetical:

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