Atheists planning TV channel

From Religion News Service:  Speaking at a gathering of local atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheists in a chemistry lecture hall at Stanford University, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, a national advocacy group for nontheists, announced Tuesday (May 6)  that his New Jersey-based organization would launch the first television channel dedicated to atheism in July. [Read More...]

Catholic schools in U.S. actively recruiting Chinese students

 The New York Times has an interesting piece this week about efforts by Catholic schools to recruit well-heeled Chinese students, children of diplomats and executives. At one point, it describes the journey of a young woman named Di Wang, an atheist: When they arrived at DePaul two years ago, Ms. Wang and 26 other students [Read More...]

Atheists mock “Hail Mary” in Super Bowl billboard

There they go again. From The Christian Post:  American Atheists is putting up a new billboard making fun of prayer outside Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to take place on Sunday. The 14 feet by 48 feet billboard features a man in a priest uniform with the text “A [Read More...]

“My wife and I are atheists but our daughter wants to be baptized Catholic…”

With a H/T to Fr. Duffy, here’s a remarkable testimony, in London’s The Guardian:  Our little girl…has made a life-defining decision by herself. I couldn’t be more proud of her. But I cannot deny that what she said to my wife and I stopped us briefly in our slightly smug, religiously disinterested, bleeding-heart liberal tracks. [Read More...]

Prague spring: Catholic churches sprout up in Europe’s “most atheist country”

Some promising news from the land of my forebears: the Czech Republic, e once described as the “most atheist country” in Europe, is showing new signs of faith:   Some 50 new Catholic churches have been built in the Czech Republic since the 1989 collapse of the communist regime, mainly in Moravian regions with a higher [Read More...]

Atheist “church” reports split

Seems the world’s hottest atheist “church” is now in schism. Details:  The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish – though not its only – atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was [Read More...]

“The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes…”

A man who made a nice living on Wall Street, and prided himself on his cynical atheism, finds his belief in unbelief sorely tested—and in ways he never expected. Here’s writer/photographer Chris Arnade:  I eventually left my Wall Street job and started working with and photographing homeless addicts in the South Bronx. When I first walked into [Read More...]

Coexist: Nativity scene and atheist sign share space in public park

From the Arlington Heights Daily Herald in Illinois: A year after controversy in Arlington Heights about whether to allow a Nativity scene on public property, both the Nativity and a sign with views against religion are coexisting — mainly peacefully — in North School Park this holiday season. The Nativity scene, paid for by Jim [Read More...]

“Atheist church” attracting followers—and detractors

From Religion News Service:  Perhaps the Elephant & Castle pub here was a fitting locale for a visiting Brit to meet some mates. But other stereotypes were left at the bar as about 100 people trod down a flight of stairs — pints of beer and wine glasses in hand — and into the pub’s [Read More...]

The Christmas billboard war begins early

It looks like everybody is getting a jump on the season this year. From the New York Times:  If the evangelical organization Answers in Genesis was looking to take its message to a secular audience, it would be hard to do better than the heart of Times Square at noon on Monday. Wedged amid an advertisement urging [Read More...]