Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

Dr. Victor J. Stenger, the physicist and prolific author who wrote the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, died late Wednesday night in Hawaii at the age of 79. Phylliss, his wife of more than 50 years, told me via email that the cause was “an aneurysm next to his heart.” He will be cremated on Saturday and a memorial will be held in Honolulu on Sunday.



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Former InterVarsity Leader at Vanderbilt: We Were “Kicked Off Campus for Being the Wrong Kind of Christians”

Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an “all comers” policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideological grounds — namely, you don’t have to be a Christian to run for office in a Christian group.

When the policy kicked in years ago, 14 religious groups lost their organizational status rather than adapting to the new policy. One of them was Vanderbilt’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. And this week, one of their former leaders, Tish Harrison Warren, wrote for Christianity Today that her group was “kicked off campus for being the wrong kind of Christians”:



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Man Claiming to Be the “Dark Lord” Arrested for Burning Up and Urinating on a Bible on Church Property

Last night, a representative from Prescott, Arizona’s Gospel Rescue Mission called the police because he saw someone burning something on the front steps of the building.

It turns out that 22-year-old Eric Minerault (below) was burning up and urinating on a wet Bible.



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Disturbing Video Surfaces of Christian Family Beating Gay Son

For every heartwarming coming-out story, there’s one that will make you sick.

Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, has one of those stories. He came out several months ago to an “unresponsive” family, but this week, he managed to film an abusive altercation between them about his sexual orientation. His friend posted the video on YouTube under the title “How Not To React When Your Child Tells You He’s Gay.”

(Warning: This video is disturbing and contains graphic language, and it may be triggering to some.)



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Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge

At yesterday’s meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), Mayor John Rees announced that they would begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, as many government meetings do, and asked everyone to stand up.

John Thoreau, an atheist, remained seated. Normally, that would be irrelevant since he has every right to do that, but Rees had other ideas.

As the first syllable of the invocation was uttered, Rees told everyone to hold up because Thoreau was still sitting down…



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