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Evangelical Christians Are Strategically Working to Put a Church in Every Public School

In a disturbing piece written for The Nation, Katherine Stewart writes about how evangelical Christians are trying to "put a church in every school." In short, a lot of public schools rent out space on weekends -- and church leaders have taken full advantage of that. Show More Summary

Makayla Sault, the Child Who Refused Chemotherapy in Favor of Faith-Based Alternatives, Has Died

By now, you're familiar with 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 wanted to stop with...Show More Summary

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 38: David Niose, Author of Fighting Back the Right

Our latest podcast guest is David Niose, author of the new book Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.

Arrests Made After Heroin-Laced Bible Sent to Prison Inmate

Well, I think we've found another example of Christian persecution in this country (you listening, Todd Starnes?): a prisoner's Bible has been seized by Hamilton County (Ohio) prison officials. And -- it gets worse -- both the prisoner and the woman who sent it to him are facing charges. Show More Summary

Newly-Named “Lebanon High School” Upsets Texas Parents Who Say It Isn’t Very Patriotic

Parents in Frisco, Texas have discovered something rather mortifying about the new high school being built: its name.The district has picked (for now, at least) the name of "Lebanon High School," but some local parents find that very troubling:

Mitt Romney’s New White House Bid, If Any, Will Be Heavy on His Mormon Faith

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is either channeling his inner Latter-Day-Saint or listening to political advisers who are betting that a heavier dose of Mormonism will wow the American electorate in 2016.In a speech... Friday night, Mitt...Show More Summary

Despite Impassioned Warning from Board Member, Florida School District Votes to Allow Sectarian Prayers at Meetings

The school board for the School District of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida has been considering a resolution that would allow for an invocation at the beginning of its meetings. in the wake of Greece v. Galloway, keep inShow More Summary

Pastor Terry Jones Is Beset By Customers of His Furniture-Shipping Company Who Haven’t Received Their Possessions

Florida's Terry Jones is a man of many talents: pastor, Qur'an-burning simpleton, french-fry-stand owner, and, we learn from the Bradenton Herald, the co-proprietor of a shipping company that specializes in transporting antique furniture...Show More Summary

When the Pope Excuses Violence

Last week, Pope Francis made some startling remarks about the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. Speaking to journalists, he not only said that freedom of speech shouldn’t include the right to ridicule religion, but that if anyone does ridicule religion, violence is an appropriate response! Asked about the attack that killed 12 people at the [Read More...]

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Almost Allowed Discrimination Against Atheists

On a day when we honor a great civil rights leader, it's important to remember that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nearly included an amendment that would have allowed discrimination against atheists. Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook (R) wanted to include the following in the bill:

Coalition Building for Atheists

I cannot think of very many areas where we atheists, humanists, skeptics, and/or freethinkers can bring about meaningful change all by ourselves. Even if we look at the few things most (though certainly not all) of us have in common, we are quite limited in what we can do with regard to any one of them. Show More Summary

On “Hoodie Sunday,” Tulsa Ministers Took a Stand for Free Speech and Against Racism

Several church leaders (and many congregants) in Tulsa, Oklahoma showed up to church yesterday sporting hoodies, all as part of a statement that would make even atheists smile. It was in response to Oklahoma Senate Bill 13 -- a billShow More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson Beautifully Explains How He Finds Meaning in Life

Brandon Fibbs took a recent speech in which Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he finds meaning in life, added some nice images to it, and created this video:

How to Spot a Fake Psychic

I think this is my new favorite kind of article: "real" psychics telling you how to spot the "fake" psychics. We covered one example back in November, but another one has come to my attention.So let's see what advice "psychic medium" Khi Armand has to offer:

School Board Member in Chino Valley (California) Invokes Terrorist Attacks to Defend Prayers During Meetings

A couple of months ago, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.That's not an exaggeration at all. Here's just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:... Show More Summary

“Peeping Don” Pastor Who Resigned From Church Over Digital Voyeurism Now Faces Burglary Charges, Too

Maybe ex-pastor Donald Courtney Biggs, freshly accused of sneakily videotaping a nude or partially nude woman, can trade war stories with ex-rabbi Barry Freundel, who made a habit of that kind of thing.A former pastor at a church inShow More Summary

Jehovah’s Witness Publication Cites Professor Who Doubts Evolution… but Professor Says He Was Unfairly Misquoted

If you're like me, you read every issue of the Jehovah's Witness publication Awake! And in the latest issue (January, 2015), which is dedicated to undercutting the science of evolution, you get a perfect look at how these faith-based writers are liars. Check out the very first section, questioning how life began:

Muhammad Cartoons, Pork Sausages, and Muslim Outrage

Here are three statements to consider: I don't like pork sausages. Eating pork sausages is wrong. Anyone who eats pork sausages should be punished. Statement #1 is a preference that tells us something about the person making the statement, and nothing more. Show More Summary

A Groundhog Day Replay? Cartoon Protests Break Out in String of Muslim Countries; Some End In Violence

Looks like it's 2006 all over again.Via France24 and confirmed through other online sources (1, 2, 3, 4), here's a roundup.Niger:At least five people were killed on Saturday during a second day of unrest in Niger, as French citizensShow More Summary

Weekend Coffee: January 18

• From Valerie Tarico, how religion can let loose humanity’s most violent impulses. A thoughtful essay that almost perfectly captures my views on the link between religion and violence. • “Tim is patient, Tim is kind. Tim does not envy, Tim does not boast, Tim is not proud. Tim is not rude, Tim is not [Read More...]

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