A Simple Way for Atheists to Help Ex-Muslims

I was giving a talk in Vancouver yesterday and also had the pleasure of hearing Armin Navabi share his journey from Islam to atheism. Navabi is the founder of Atheist Republic, a forum for non-believers, and he recently wrote about why it’s so important for former Muslims to share their stories:

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The Trouble with Teaching Evolution When You’re Surrounded by Creationists

University of Kentucky Biology Professor James J. Krupa has a tough job because, well, he teaches science in Ken Ham Country. In an article for Orion, he explained why he defends Darwin despite the opposition:

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Atheists Attend School’s “Good News Club” Meeting & Find Out Christian Organizers Lied to District About Curriculum

The Good News Club is a weekly program targeting elementary school children, because a lot of Christians love to indoctrinate kids before they start asking critical questions. (If you haven’t read it yet, check out Katherine Stewart‘s fantastic book about the organization.)

When a GNC began at Fairbanks Road Elementary School in New York, Monroe County residents Dan Courtney, Bill Courtney, and Kevin Davis weren’t sure how to respond. It wasn’t illegal for the group to be there, but they wanted an alternative for parents like them who preferred more skeptical fare for their kids.

So, earlier this year, they began a group of their own called Young Skeptics (sponsored by the tongue-in-cheek “Better News Club, Inc”).

In the meantime, they’ve been keeping tabs on the GNC at the elementary school and realized there were some major problems:

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CNN Finally Featured a Black Voice in Their Atheism Coverage

A week after CNN published a longform profile of a happy atheist family and days after CNN aired an hour-long special called “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers,” they’re still squeezing as many pageviews as they can get out of this topic.

This weekend, they published a story about what atheists “want you to know”… and the atheists they spoke with were “Stan Bennett” (an atheist who still works as a minister), Jerry DeWitt, David Silverman, and Greg Epstein.

If you haven’t noticed, all the people mentioned so far (including the family) have been white. In the case of the special, they were almost all white men. The follow-up article featured only white men.

There was a lot of chatter on my Facebook wall and elsewhere about how awful this decision was, especially on the heels of the special. Why pick four white guys again?!

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A Compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s best arguments and comebacks. (I could watch this all day.)

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