Academic Journal Seeking Submissions About Atheism and Science

The journal Science, Religion & Culture will soon release a special issue focusing on atheism, secularity, and science. If you’re a researcher who cares about those issues, you may want to consider submitting your work. All the details are right here.

The deadline for submissions is December 31.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Speaks at the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Event

At the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was one of the featured speakers and video of his talk is now online:

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Matt Dillahunty on the Value of Debates

Matt Dillahunty has debated Christian apologists for several years and knows the value of speaking to an audience of religious people. In the video below, elaborates on that and mentions the one person he won’t debate again:

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Canadian Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Birth Control Because Jesus

We expect conservative Christian doctors in the U.S. to prioritize their religious beliefs over the needs of their patients. And we certainly don’t expect Canada to take any lessons about health care from us… but that’s what Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary seems to have done.

When Joan Chand’oiseau visited a walk-in clinic and saw this sign, she was rightfully outraged:

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Australian Shock Jock Fired After Bringing Up Muhammad’s Pedophilia

This coming August, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas will take place in Sydney Australia. Speakers include Pussy Riot, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein talking about why philosophers are more important than scientists, Salman Rushdie talking about how television has replaced the novel, and — until a few days ago — Uthman Badar talking about how “Honour Killings Are Morally Justified.” There was so much backlash against that title that Badar was disinvited from speaking.

Normally, the controversy would’ve been limited to that. But then a local Howard-Stern-like radio host jumped into the fray.

Shock jock Michael Smith (above) said that inviting Badar was like inviting a KKK leader. But then things took an awkward turn when he began complaining about Islam in general:

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