In Egypt, Atheists Are Considered “Threats to National Security” or “Carriers of a Dangerously Contagious Virus”

Mona Eltahawy has an important and eye-opening opinion piece in tomorrow’s international edition of the New York Times (online today) all about the persecution of atheists in Egypt.

The people she writes about — like Karim al-Banna and Alber Saber — are familiar names to readers of this site, as is the ridiculous report about how there are exactly 866 atheists in a country of more than 80 million people:



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Remember: There Are People Who Vote and Breed and Believe in Bob Larson’s Exorcisms

Rev. Bob Larson, the “exorcist” who will gladly perform his tricks over Skype, has done the impossible: He cured a woman of a 122-generation curse after talking to the demon within her.

Because Christianity totally makes sense like that:



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With Your Help, There Will Be a Documentary About the Pastor Who Shed His Faith

Filmmakers Tim Banks and Ryan Moore followed former pastor Ryan Bell over the past year as he “experimented” with atheism… only to come to the conclusion that God didn’t exist.

Now, they’re putting together their documentary and need your help to take it to the next level:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 39: Katherine Stewart, Author of The Good News Club

Our latest podcast guest is Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, about an organization bringing religious fundamentalism to elementary schools across the country.



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Why I Don’t Believe an Indiana Teacher Was Fired for Being an Atheist

Note: There have been a lot of articles this week about an Indiana teacher who filed a lawsuit against his former district saying he was fired because he was an atheist.

Last June, this story surfaced after he filed an initial complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since the details have not changed, I’m reprinting my post about his case below, with a few updates.

In 2013, Kevin Pack was hired to teach German classes at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana. As of last March, he was no longer working there.



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