Thanks to the Baptists Who Defend Church/State Separation

Back when Baptists were in the minority in the U.S., they were strong supporters of church/state separation. Now, firmly in the majority, we’ve seen them virtually in lockstep with the Christian Right. It’s a shock to many that groups like the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty are actually on our side when it comes to interpreting the First Amendment.

Ken Camp, writing for the Associated Baptist Press, reminds us how tough it is these days for Baptist ministers to speak out against their own congregations:



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Does It Really Take More Faith to be an Atheist?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Does it really take more faith to be an atheist?:



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This Visualization Tool Will Help You Find Where Atheists Live in the UK

Using data from the 2011 UK census, Oliver O’Brien at University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis created a tool called DataShine so you could see all sorts of information, including which cities had the highest rates of people claiming “No Religion” (in dark blue):



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Rowlett City Council in Texas Refuses to Let Atheists Deliver Invocation. Cue the Lawsuit in 5… 4… 3…

In 2010, the Rowlett City Council in Texas changed their prayer policy. They used to have Christian prayers, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them of the repercussions of doing that, so the council opted to go with non-sectarian prayers.

As it turned out, though, since the town is predominantly Christian, those non-sectarian prayers turned out to be almost all Christian prayers, anyway.

Local atheists called them out on it last year:



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An Online Sexuality Class for Atheists Who Grew Up Feeling Guilty or Misinformed About It

Virginia Brown (below) grew up in a conservative Christian home and became an atheist in her mid-twenties. But it took several more years before she could “re-connect with her own sense of sexuality.” In a culture where Purity Balls are normal, sex before marriage can get you expelled from college, and some couples wait until their wedding day for their first kiss, she knows it’s no surprise that people raised in that environment might be sexually repressed — even after leaving it.

Now, she intends to fix that. Brown will be teaching a six-week-long online workshop called “Recovering Your Sexuality” with the help of the group Recovering From Religion:



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