Atheist Jamila Bey at CPAC: “Embrace Me. Let Me Vote for GOP Candidates”

Earlier today, as I posted about earlier, atheist Jamila Bey spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

A proud black female atheist isn’t the norm for the CPAC crowd, so what did she say and what was the response?

Raw Story has the footage:



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Bangladeshi Freethinker Dr. Avijit Roy Killed, Presumably by Islamic Extremists

Last night, as author Dr. Avijit Roy (below) and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they were promoting Roy’s latest work, two assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”

Roy died shortly afterwards and Bonna is in critical condition.

The Center For Inquiry, which worked closely with Roy, is in shock:

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Will Receive $82,765.95 from Reddit

Reddit recently announced a program in which it will give away 10% of its advertising revenue to various charities. It amounts to more than $82,000 per group.

There was a mad scramble for organizations to get votes — including a number of atheist-friendly groups — and Reddit just announced the winners. Coming in 9th place and winning $82,765.95?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation!



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This is How Everyone Should React When a Politician Admits He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

In the United States, when a politician refuses to admit he accepts evolution, he’s still considered a plausible candidate for President.

In Canada, when a politician doubts evolution, he’s laughed off the public stage:



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Why Are Christian Right Groups Suddenly Creating Enemies Lists?

In 2012, a couple of years after the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the (anti-gay) Family Research Council a “hate group,” a shooter walked into FRC’s building and injured a security guard before being subdued (by the same guard) and later apprehended. The shooter even said he knew about FRC through the hate-group list.

Obviously, this was a tragedy and SPLC said as much, though they never removed the “hate group” designation. They felt it was warranted:

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.

FRC disagrees, of course, but here’s the line that I want to point out:

[FRC President Tony] Perkins said. “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”

If they think the designation is the problem — one that led to a shooting — then you have to wonder what Christian Right groups are now trying to accomplish by turning the tables on everyone else.

A couple of days ago, the American Family Association released a “Bigotry Map” listing atheist groups, Humanist groups, and (for some reason) AARP.



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