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I’ll Be Speaking in Pittsburgh and DeKalb Soon

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be speaking at a couple of places. All the details are below. Both events are free (though donations to the organizations are always welcome) and open to the public!

Newly-Elected Texas State Senator Compares Roe v. Wade to Holocaust

Texas State Senator Charles Perry (below) decided his swearing-in ceremony last week would be a capital opportunity to invoke Godwin's Law in his quest to force (his) God into the public square. Describing his theocratic ambitions as...Show More Summary

Freedom From Atheism Foundation Trolls Atheists By Falsely Accusing Them of Trolling

Here's a roundup of two studies about Internet trolling, courtesy of Live Science: "Trolls" -- people who intentionally incite discord in online communities -- may have a lot in common with real-life sadists, new research suggests. In...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Will Soon Hear a Case Involving Religion and Facial Hair

Georgetown Law professor Jeffrey Shulman has an insightful piece up on Yahoo News about the promotion of religious belief over the law of the land. While the most obvious example is the Hobby Lobby ruling (and related decisions and cases...Show More Summary

What’s More Biblical Than the Rapture Movie Left Behind? Christian Blogger Nominates Shrek and Austin Powers

Patheos blogger and Jesus follower Benjamin Corey wasn't expecting much from the new Nicolas Cage end-times movie Left Behind. And at the Friday premiere, that's exactly what he got, he says:The movie was impressively horrible -- infinitely...Show More Summary

Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This is Why

This is a guest post written by Muhammad Syed and Sarah Haider (below). They are co-founders of Ex-Muslims of North America, a community-building organization for ex-Muslims across the non-theist spectrum, and can be reached at @MoTheAtheist...Show More Summary

I Get Religious Mail: Help the Jews, Emphasis on Jews

Here’s the latest in the list of mistargeted religious solicitations I’ve gotten in the mail. As you can see, the back of the envelope contains an endorsement from Pat Boone (this Pat Boone), which probably gives you a good idea of what demographic this group was aiming at: Inside was a lengthy letter, which I’ll [Read More...]

Co-Discoverer of Ebola Virus Says That Catholic Nuns’ Unclean Needles Were Responsible For the First Outbreak

Der Spiegel has an interesting and scary interview with Peter Piot, a medical researcher who was on the team that investigated the world's first known Ebola outbreak, in 1976, and gave the illness its name.Piot recalls how Ebola made its first wave of victims. Show More Summary

Can Atheism Offer Eternal Value?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses whether atheism can offer eternal value:

Atheists Don’t Give a Damn About Carrie Underwood’s New Song

Here's how desperate some Christians are to play victim.There's a new Carrie Underwood song out -- which, let's face it, you didn't know until just now -- and atheists everywhere hate it... That is, according to some conservative websites:

This Video Was Only Supposed to Be Seen by Those “Left Behind” After the Rapture

Just in case the release of Left Behind isn't enough Rapture-y goodness for you heathens, video site Everything is Terrible! has got you covered. The site, which highlights humorous, terrible, and/or bizarre videos from the VHS era,Show More Summary

Despite Stopping Government-Sponsored Prayer Breakfasts, This Atheist Has Only Received Positive Feedback

Last week, I posted about how atheist Carole Beaton and her attorney Peter Martin had filed a lawsuit against the city of Eureka, California in 2013 because Mayor Frank Jager (below) had been promoting prayer breakfasts using city resources. Show More Summary

Lucas Oil Millionaire Posts Rant on Facebook Against Atheists and Muslims “Running Our Country”

Charlotte Atkins Lucas and Forrest Lucas are the multi-millionaire founders of Lucas Oil, the company that owns naming rights to the stadium in which the Indianapolis Colts play.Yesterday, Charlotte Lucas posted this rant on her Facebook page:

New Study Shows Atheists Are More Prolific on Twitter Than Any Religious Group

According to new research published on arXiv.org, atheists are more prolific on Twitter than any major religious group:

Young Cancer Patient Who Used Faith-Based Treatment Instead of Life-Saving Chemotherapy Has Suffered a Relapse

Several months ago, I posted about Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate... but Makayla no longer wanted...Show More Summary

High School Cancels Event with Catholic Chastity Speaker Because He Can’t Be Trusted to Keep Faith Out of His Talk

If you were to visit the website of the Catholic-based Chastity Project website (and I'm not sure why anyone would), here's the explanation you would find for why gay marriage isn't really marriage:

Is This Painting of Two Kids Praying Religious? A School District’s Lawyer Says No

This is a painting called "Faith in America" by Donald Zolan: That image might have a place on a postcard or church wall, but certainly not in the main office at Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Oklahoma City... which, as you might guess, is exactly where it is. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the district's superintendent urging him to take it down:

Answers in Genesis Writer Defends Chemotherapy Only to Face Criticism from Faithful Followers

I sometimes browse the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. Aside from providing comic relief to an otherwise boring day, it answers all of my most pressing questions:

In Support of #NormalizeAtheism

I'm going to be away for a bit, and I don't have time to write anything lengthy now. But I wanted to take the few minutes I do have this morning to express my support for the #NormalizeAtheism campaign taking off on Twitter. I thinkShow More Summary

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