Ten Commandments Monument in Front of Junior High Gets Boarded Up and Removed

This is the picture of a Ten Commandments monument in front of Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania — it’s been up there since the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated it in 1957: If you’re confused, it’s because the monument is now boarded up. You can thank Americans United for Separation of Church and State [Read More...]

Christian Group in Canada Sues School System for Not Handing Out Lesson Plans in Advance

There’s a new Christian Right group in Toronto with a specific focus: A religious advocacy group is taking the Ontario school system to court arguing that public schools need to provide “advance notice” of their teachers’ lesson plans so that parents can vet what their children are allowed to learn. … There is a disturbing [Read More...]

A First Look at Salman Rushdie’s Autobiography

Salman Rushdie‘s new book Joseph Anton: A Memoir is an autobiographical account of what happened before, during, and after the infamous fatwa that was put on his life. (According to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses was blasphemous, “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”) The book’s title refers to the pseudonym Rushdie [Read More...]

Say Hello to Chris Hallquist

Chris Hallquist is now blogging on the Patheos Atheist channel! He’s a good guy — you should read him if you don’t already. So… along with Libby Anne and JT Eberhard, that makes three former Freethought Bloggers now on Patheos. [Cue all the conspiracy theories.] [Read more...]

‘Atheists Helping the Homeless’ Celebrates Third Anniversary with Cake

Earlier today, the group Atheists Helping the Homeless based in Austin, Texas held their 42nd giveaway — and because it’s their third anniversary, they gave away cake, too! Among the items they gave away: pre-packaged food, toilet paper, socks, soap, combs, razors, sunblock, and shampoo. Also, this marks the last giveaway for our friend Joe [Read More...]


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