Secular Invocation Delivered in Lake County, Florida: Prayer Could Make Some Residents “Feel Like Outsiders”

Earlier this week, Paul Tjaden delivered a secular invocation at a meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners (in Florida). It begins at the 1:53 mark of the video below:

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You Don’t Need God to Experience Spirituality

In today’s edition of the New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni raves about Sam Harris‘ new book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion because it offers a secular explanation of experiences people commonly attribute to a higher power:

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Three Gods Brag About Their Sons and One is Clearly Outmatched

In the Portuguese-language video below, Odin, Zeus, and Yahweh get together to share some beers and brag about their kids… and it turns out the accomplishments of Yahweh’s Son are trumped by those of Thor and Hercules.

You may want to turn on English subtitles for this one. (Plenty of NSFW language either way!)

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FFRF Launches “Out of the Closet” Video Campaign

Following the success of their “Out of the Closet” campaign, where local atheists appear on billboards explaining why they don’t believe in a God, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is now trying to spread that message via YouTube:

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There’s Even More Religion Than We Thought in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program

Yesterday, I posted about how military personnel at Fort Gordon in Georgia who were struggling with drugs or alcohol may be directed by their superiors to go into the “Army Substance Abuse Program” (ASAP):

The problem was that one of the recovery “tools” they were given was a copy of Pastor Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life, all about how Christianity gives you purpose in life.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein has already written two letters to Major General LaWarren Patterson demanding the distribution be stopped.

Today, I received an email from a graduate of the ASAP program. Not only did he confirm the giveaway of Warren’s book, he told me that his “certificate of completion” included the Serenity Prayer:

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