High School Atheist Wins Ingersoll Oratory Contest

Over the weekend, the third annual Robert G. Ingersoll Oratory Contest was held in Washington, D.C. Competitors recite excerpts from the Great Agnostic’s speeches and a panel of judges vote on the best speakers — who receive hundreds of dollars in prizes.

I’m thrilled to say that this year’s winner was Sarah Henry, a high-schooler from Indiana, a camper at Camp Quest Ohio, and a contributor to this site:

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This Is (Probably) What Happens When Rick Santorum Heads Up a Movie Studio

If you haven’t heard yet, one-time Presidential hopeful and long-time frothy mixture Rick Santorum is now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, “a faith-based film company.”

Fred Clark summarizes what the company is:

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Pew Survey Shows That Even Non-Religious People Are Unhappy About There Being More Non-Religious People

We know the percentage of people who are non-religious (although some of them might be “spiritual”) is on the rise, and has been for a number of years now, as indicated in this graphic by NPR’s Matt Stiles:

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, knowing the trends, asked people if they thought the rise of the “Nones” was a good thing. Specifically, they asked (PDF):

Please tell me if you think each of the following trends is generally a good thing for American society, a bad thing for American society, or doesn’t make much difference?

[Item C] More people who are not religious

Turns out people aren’t thrilled about it:

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Imagine if We Lived Under President Sarah Palin (An Excerpt from Christian Nation)

Frederic C. Rich had written a fascinating new novel in which he considers what would have happened if Barack Obama had lost the 2008 election, leaving our country in the hands of John McCain and, eventually, Sarah Palin. And then we suffer another terrorist attack (7/22)

As you might expect, there’s chaos everywhere, for a number of reasons.

The book is called Christian Nation: A Novel:

An excerpt from the book is below — and keep reading for your chance to win a copy of the book:

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A Response to the ‘Top 10 Awkward Facts About the Atheist Monument’

Tom Hoopes, former editor of the National Catholic Register, has an embarrassingly ignorant piece up at the Catholic Voice in which he “rebuts” the atheist monument now up in front of the Bradford County Courthouse:

Let’s go through Hoopes’ “10 awkward facts about the atheist monument”:

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