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Childhood Indoctrination: Religion’s Greatest Weapon

J.D. Brucker's new book Reason Over Faith: Antitheism & the Case Against Religion (Atheist Republic, 2015) covers a litany of faith-based abuses, from circumcision to social issues to climate change denial. In the excerpt below, Brucker explains why childhood indoctrination is one of the most powerful weapons in religion's arsenal:

Using the #FtBullies Hashtag Unironically

Photo by Richard Leeming For those of you who use Twitter, how would you describe the purpose of hashtags? If I'm not mistaken, the primary point of adding a hashtag to one's tweet is that doing so indicates the topic being addressed. Show More Summary

2015 Humanism at Work Conference Will Be Held in Boston

Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its second annual conference on July 25 in Boston. The theme is #BlackLivesMatter and, unlike most atheist gatherings, the focus here is entirely on philanthropy, volunteering, and community building. It's a refreshing change of pace.

Oregon Bill Allowing Secular Celebrants to Solemnize Marriages Passes Through House Rules Committee

Oregon is currently one of those states that doesn't allow atheists to solemnize marriages. Religious clergy or county clerks can do it, but not certified Secular Celebrants.But legislators may soon fix that. House Bill 3483, which was introduced by Rep. Show More Summary

Jesus Shows Lazy Shoppers Where to Stick Their Carts

Next time you're loading your groceries into your trunk ask yourself, "What Would Jesus Do?"Like anyone transported here from the 1st century, He probably would look around a 21st century Target parking lot and scream in terror at all the shiny, mechanical, geometric things. But once he regains composure, he would probably put his damn cart back in the cart corral.

Lawyer Defending Creationist Theme Park Just Drafted Bill Giving Tax Breaks to Similar Attractions in Louisiana

We know that Creationist Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis is currently suing the state of Kentucky because he wrongly thinks his for-profit company can limit its hiring to Christians only. Earlier this year, he even posted a video that featured a lawyer defending his right to discriminate:

Creationist Researchers Argue Over the Duration of the Great Flood: Did It Last 371 or 365 Days?

The last time we saw Creationists arguing with each other, it was over Adam & Eve's skin color.Now, in a new "research" paper published by Answers in Genesis, Dr. Danny Faulkner attempts to prove that the Great Flood wasn't 371 days. Obviously. That would be ridiculous.It's really 365 days. Because science, y'all.

Oklahoma Legislators Almost Asked President Obama to Condemn Dead Christians

Of course President Obama condemns violence against people of faith (and no faith, for that matter).Of course he does. I'm sure every elected official would.But Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern -- a Republican, in case you had any doubt -- wants it in writing. So she submitted House Resolution 1022 to make it official:

Finally, God Gets the Blame in a Football Loss

We see so many press conferences with athletes giving thanks to God, even though their workout routines and long practices, and coaches' input probably played a role in the victory.So it's nice to finally see an athlete blame God in a loss:

Arizona Christians Work Together… To Destroy the One Progressive Church in the Area

If there's one thing conservative Christians despise more than atheists, it's "progressive" Christians, the kind of people who don't always vote Republican or assume gay people getting married will lead to the downfall of society.

A Graphic Representation of the Attacks on Bangladeshi Writers and Bloggers

The recent attacks on atheist writers/bloggers in Bangladesh are part of a disturbing trend in the country over the past several years, as you can see in our graphic below (click image to enlarge):

A Judge Dismissed Their Lawsuit, but Atheists Won the Ability to Officiate Weddings in Minnesota County

Last year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings. Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiateShow More Summary

Dan Savage’s New Sitcom, Featuring an Irish Catholic Family, Looks Very Promising

You may have heard that ABC picked up a sitcom for next season loosely based on the life of sex-columnist/writer Dan Savage. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the trailer for The Real O'Neals just came out and I have to say: It looks pretty good as far as sitcoms are concerned. Show More Summary

Which God Are You Talking About?

Do you remember that hour-long documentary on atheism CNN aired awhile ago? It was called Atheism: Inside the World of Non-Believers, and I believe it was broadcast in late March. I was busy when it aired, so I recorded it to the DVR and then forgot all about it. Show More Summary

The Joy of Being an Atheist is Beautifully Captured in This New Film

Last year, Chris Johnson released a multimedia book about atheists called A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The book was years in the making and came about after one of the most successful Kickstarters for an art book in that site's history. Show More Summary

Useless New Tennessee Law Creates Weekend of Prayer for Students

A new bill signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will designate the first weekend in August as "Tennessee's Weekend of Prayer Over Students," when... the people of this state may, in accordance with their own faith and consciences,...Show More Summary

Access to Rational Thinking Helped This Former Skverer Hasidic Jew Shed His Faith… But It Cost Him Dearly

Shulem Deen used to be a Skverer Hasid -- an extremely conservative Hasidic Jewish sect.Used to be.His new memoir All Who Go Do Not Return is all about how he left that world once he began acquiring some of that sweet secular knowle...

Judge Gives Green Light to Woman Suing New Jersey Officials Over Rejected “8THEIST” License Plate

New Jersey does not have a good track record when it comes to handling vanity license plates requests from atheists.In August of 2013, American Atheists' President David Silverman requested a plate reading "ATHE1ST" (with a 1) only to...Show More Summary

Wellington is the “Godless” Capital of New Zealand… and Other Highlights from the Nation’s Census

The New Zealand Herald went through the 2013 census as well as the Deprivation index (measuring wealth) and combined them in a fascinating interactive chart: That's a hell of a lot of color, and the darker it gets, the less religious it is.What they found won't surprise you, but it's fun to point out a couple of things:

Judge Orders School District Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed to Pay Parents Who Forced Them to Stop

In 2009, the Clovis Unified School District in California was teaching abstinence-only sex education. This actually went against state law that required public schools to "provide a pupil with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect...Show More Summary

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