Atheist Who Convinced PA School Board to Stop Reciting the Lord’s Prayer in 2012 Returns to Apologize

Two years ago, Ernest Perce V (below, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists at the time) and Carl Silverman (of the PA Nonbelievers) tried to convince the Greencastle-Antrim School District board members to drop the Lord’s Prayer, a 50-year-old tradition.

And it worked! The board members realized they weren’t going to win this battle, so they stopped fighting it.

Last week, when the school board held its regular meeting, Ernest Perce was there once again… but for a very different and surprising reason.

He came to apologize:

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Atheist Family in Louisiana Receives Threatening Messages from “Godly” People

My friend and ex-pastor Jerry DeWitt runs a monthly secular gathering in Lake Charles, Louisiana called Community Mission Chapel. It’s one of the more successful “atheist churches,” drawing in a sizable number of atheists who appreciate the camaraderie.

This week, however, the following notes were placed in the mailbox of one of the families that attends the gatherings:



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Help Out a Grad Student Doing Research on Atheists

Here’s the information: My name is Kenan Sevinc, and I am a PhD candidate from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey, and a Visiting Scholar at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga studying atheism in the USA with Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr., and my Co-investigator Thomas Coleman. I am conducting research on understanding “reasons [Read More…]

You Only Wish I Was Going to Hell

Liberal comedian Jimmy Dore has been talking about politics and religion for years now, and his new collection of essays and rants is called Your Country Is Just Not That Into You (Running Press, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Dore talks about the problems with religion, including the concept of Hell:

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Todd Phelps, Mayoral Candidate in Austin, Texas, Supports Teacher-Led Prayers in School

Todd Phelps wants to become the next mayor of Austin, Texas. Austin, if you’re unfamiliar, is known as “an island of blue in a sea of red” — it’s very liberal and thankfully so.

So you have to wonder why Phelps thinks putting prayer back in public schools will lead him to victory.

In an interview with KXAN News, he said (at the 8:22 mark below) that he wants to put “voluntary faculty-led prayer” back in school, adding that he hopes it becomes a model for the nation:



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