Let’s Not Concede the Topic of Death to the Religious

Greta Christina just released a short ebook compiling several essays on the subject of death. It’s called, very straightforwardly, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God.

In the excerpt below, she talks about why atheists should not concede the ground of death too easily to religion:

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I Filed a Lawsuit Against My School District for Allowing Christian Prayers During Graduation, and It’s Finally Over

This is a guest post by Max Nielson. Max is a student at the College of Charleston.

In 2012, I filed a federal lawsuit against South Carolina’s Lexington/Richland School District 5, where I attended Irmo High School, because I wanted to do something to change the district-wide policy of holding Christian prayers during graduation ceremonies. (They let the majority-Christian senior class vote on the prayer, but the outcome was never in doubt.)

The lawsuit was amended to include the district practice of holding preacher-led prayers at board meetings after I recruited two younger District 5 students, Dakota McMillan and Jacob Zupan, to maintain legal standing after my graduation.



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Town of Jay (Florida) Sells Off Nativity Scene to Avoid Lawsuit

The town of Jay, Florida has had a Nativity scene in front of City Hall for the past 40 years, a clear promotion of Christianity by the local government. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent town officials a letter last week explaining this problem, they offered a possible solution — one they suggested to a neighboring town a couple of years ago:



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Satanic Sweaters for the Holidays

Forget the penis necklace from yesterday. You should show up to your family’s holiday get-together in this lovely and warm Satanic sweater:



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Freshman Leads Silly Fight to Keep Ten Commandments Plaque on High School’s Wall

At Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, there used to be a plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging in the hallway. It was there for over 50 years, a gift from the Class of 1953.

Over the summer, knowing that it would eventually be subject to a legal challenge, district officials took it down. And rightfully so — there’s no reason a public school should be encouraging students not to worship false idols or reminding them to have no other gods but the Christian one.

Now, one freshman (who clearly hasn’t taken a government class yet) is fighting to put it back up:

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