After Much Debate, Boone County (Missouri) Officials Will Replace War Memorial That Includes Jesus Fish Symbol

Last year, we learned that a war memorial outside the Boone County courthouse in Missouri had finally covered up the Jesus Fish symbol that had been there for 20 years:

That happened as a result of a letter that Americans United For Separation of Church and State sent county officials back in May of 2014. Officials feared a losing lawsuit and decided it wasn’t a battle worth fighting.

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Indian Court Rules That Faith-Based Starvation in Jainism Is Suicide

When atheists criticize religion, they sometimes have a soft spot for the faith I grew up with: Jainism. It’s a religion that extols non-violence (ahimsa) and self-control, so you can see why it has its fans. But Jainism also has its supernatural beliefs — some of them pretty harmful — and realizing that is why I left the fold a long time ago.

One of those harmful beliefs is fasting. While religions like Islam say that, during Ramadan, you’re not supposed to eat during daylight hours, some followers of Jainism promote fasting for long stretches at a time. I’ve known people to eat nothing (except boiled water that’s cooled off) for more than a week. I know someone who ate food one day, then nothing the next day, for a full year. My mom still has days when she limits herself to eating only once. It’s a way to show you’re in control of your body and that your mind is focused on prayer.

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We’re All Gonna Die… in 100,000,000,000 Years

According to research by scientists at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia, our universe is losing energy much faster than we thought, and we can only survive for another 100 billion years:

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Here’s What the Research Shows About Public Perceptions of Atheists

Will Gervais, the University of Kentucky professor who’s done a lot of research into public perception of atheism, gave a talk a few months ago at the University of Texas at Austin, and the video is now up online:

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Atheist Voter Project Relaunches for 2016

Two years ago, American Atheists launched a campaign urging atheists to get active and go vote. It was called And now it’s being relaunched for 2016:

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