Who’s Getting Into Heaven? Not You, That’s for Damn Sure

Who gets to go to Heaven?

Sure, we’re locked out of it:

But what about True Believers™?

The Pearly Gates are closed to them, too, as this video by Atheists Ally suggests:

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Atheist Poet Laureate Mark Strand Died This Weekend

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Laureate Mark Strand (below) died on Saturday at the age of 80:

Even if you weren’t familiar with his work, the obituaries about him mention how seriously he took his atheism:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 31: Lucien Greaves, Spokesperson for The Satanic Temple

Our latest podcast guest is Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for The Satanic Temple:

You know his organization because they’ve been very active recently regarding church/state separation issues. In Oklahoma, where there was a Ten Commandments monument near the Capitol building, Greaves’ group requested putting up a statue of Baphomet… leading to all sorts of chaos. They’ve also tried to put up a Satanic display in the Florida Capitol building. And, my favorite, after a Florida school district allowed an outside group to do a Bible giveaway for students, they requested to distribute a Satanic coloring book… which may lead to an end to outside book distributions for good in that district.

We spoke with Lucien about how he doesn’t actually believe in Satan, what his group’s relationship is like with other Satanic groups, and why they conducted a Pink Mass over the grave of Fred Phelps‘ mother.

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New Zealand Government Says No to Church’s Charter School Plans Fearing Religious Coercion of Students

When a church applies to run a taxpayer-funded charter school, does anyone seriously trust them to do the right thing? They almost did in New Zealand until the evidence showed otherwise:

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Carl Sagan’s Voice Guides Us Through Human Exploration of the Solar System in This Beautiful Short Film

Digital artist and animator Erik Wernquist created a really beautiful film using the words of Carl Sagan (reading from A Pale Blue Dot).

The short film, called Wanderers, is all about human exploration of the solar system:

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