Choose Joy for Harper

This is a guest post by Amanda Metskas. She is the Executive Director of Camp Quest.

Death is hard.

A few weeks ago, I accompanied my friend Neil Wehneman, the Secular Student Alliance’s Development Director, to the memorial service for his niece Harper.



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Indio Mayor Eliminates Invocations at City Council Meetings: “We Need to Respect All Beliefs and Absence of Beliefs”

Indio, California Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson (below) has made the unusual (but welcome) decision to eliminate invocation prayers from city council meetings:



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New Survey Shows Huge Gaps Between General Public and Scientists Over Evolution, Climate Change, GMOs, and More

A new survey released yesterday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows that there’s a huge disconnect between professional scientists and the general public.

You knew that, of course, but the numbers are striking in certain areas.

Like when it comes to scientific consensus on established theories like the Big Bang, evolution, and climate change. Check out what the general public says about whether scientists agree on these issues (which they do) or are divided on them:



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Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in FL Capitol: Being Punished Would Be an Attack on My Faith

Last month, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

At the time, she said this about her crime:

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Atheist Billboard in Alabama Gets Taken Down Two Weeks Early Following Complaints from Local Residents

Earlier this month, the following billboard went up in Mobile, Alabama (along with other billboards in two other cities) to mark the launch of the Gulf Coast Coalition of Reason:

While the contract said the billboard would be up for a month beginning around Christmas, the placement of that ad was actually delayed by two weeks.

Delays happen. So the simple solution would be to keep the billboard up for an extra two weeks to make up for the lost time, right?

That’s not what Lamar Advertising is doing.

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