Judge Dismisses American Atheists’ Lawsuit Against Ten Commandments Monument on Oklahoma Capitol Grounds

Oklahoma officials decided to put a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds in 2012 and the decision has been coming back to bite them ever since.



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Texas Superintendent Defends Principal Who Reads Bible Verses During Announcements, Calling His Actions “Neutral”

Last week, I posted a few recordings of White Oak High School (Texas) Principal Dan Noll reading Bible verses during morning announcements.

That’s obviously illegal. And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught violating church/state separation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter last October concerning prayers said over the loudspeakers during football games and coach-led prayers before the game. The district denied both charges.

They can’t deny the recordings, though. What’s amazing is how they haven’t even bothered to try.

Yesterday, Superintendent Michael Gilbert wrote this on his district blog:

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Remember When Those QVC Hosts Debated Whether the Moon Was a Star or a Planet? Now, Watch This Animated Version

Remember that recent clip from QVC in which the hosts (Jane Treacy and Isaac Mizrahi) argued over whether the moon was a star or a planet? (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.)

Then see that same silly argument set to animation by Zeke Iddon. He took something absurd and made it even more hilarious:



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Highlights from the Ex-Muslims of North America’s Reddit AMA

Yesterday, several leaders of the Ex-Muslims of North America did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, answering all sorts of questions from the site’s members. Here were excerpts from the thread (with edits): Q: What can ex-Muslims like me who are living in Muslim countries do to make things better for other ex-Muslims without putting [Read More…]

God is the Ultimate Alpha Male

God is an alpha male.

You see the same traits in Him that you find in male-dominated cultures: He’s a protector, sexually powerful, violent, oppressive, a conqueror… you get the idea.

Dr. Hector A. Garcia, an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, just released a new book exploring these parallels — and what it says about “historic and ongoing violence committed in the name of religion” in his new book Alpha God (Prometheus Books, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Garcia explores some of the attributes we usually give to God:

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