The Atheist in Miracle on 34th Street

I found one! I found one! I found an atheist mom on TV!

Yes, I am one of those minority types hungry for representation in mainstream entertainment, watching avidly to see how, say, Dr. House does or doesn’t ring true as an atheist. And also watching avidly just because, goodness, there he is, saying unsayable things like, “Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.” Oh, House.

But, of course, most atheists are not genius misanthropes. Some of them are gorgeous, high-powered attorneys with perfect wardrobes. Alicia Florrick, a.k.a. “The Good Wife,” is an unapologetic atheist, a fact that occasionally becomes a plot point, as it has during this season’s run for State’s Attorney. In an excruciating interview with a pastor (presented as a necessary step in her campaign process), she tries neither to lie nor to confirm that she’s an atheist: “Well, I can’t say for certain that God doesn’t exist,” she says, and, “Recently, I have looked for answers outside of myself.” Oh, lawyers.

Alicia parents two children as well as she can in those form-fitting suits, but she is not an atheist mom. She shows no interest in sharing her worldview with her children; in fact, her daughter is an evangelizing young Christian. I suspect that Grace (Grace!) is a fervent believer to allow us to continue to sympathize with her mom.



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Bill Nye Didn’t Thoroughly Explain Evolution in a 90-Second Emoji-Filled Video, So Ken Ham Thinks Creationism Wins

Last week, I posted a 90-second video of Bill Nye briefly explaining evolution through emoji.

Creationist Ken Ham finally got around to watching it and is declaring victory because the video doesn’t really explain evolution as thoroughly as a textbook would.

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Generation Atheist is Free This Week

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.

For the rest of the week (through Saturday), the book is free on Kindle. I urge you to get your copy now if you haven’t already!

And if audiobooks are your thing, that’s now an option as well!

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Florida’s Satanic Temple Display Was Vandalized by a Self-Described “Catholic Warrior”

Earlier today, The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building was vandalized.

Now we know a little more about who did it:



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Senator Cory Booker Gives a Shout-Out to HumanLight, a Humanist Holiday

It’s not every day a sitting U.S. Senator honors a Humanist holiday (one I’m guessing most Humanists don’t even celebrate… or have heard of), but kudos to Cory Booker (D-NJ) for not being afraid to mention it:



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