Answering Kids’ Questions About Humanism

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, was created for a religious education class. The teacher sent me a bunch of questions posed by his students (who were approximately ten years old) and I attempted to answer all of them:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Going to CPAC, the Conference for Fringe Conservatives? Be Sure to Say Hello to the Atheists

If you’re planning to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in a couple of weeks — and I’m sure you are — you’ll see Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin… and American Atheists?!

Yep, the atheist group just announced (via email) that they will be manning an informational booth at the infamous gathering for those on the rightmost edge of the political spectrum:



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This Christian Conference About ‘Rising Up’ Through Jesus Will Feature a Paralyzed Keynote Speaker

I can’t tell if this is ironic or just unintentionally cruel… or maybe both.

The Mississippi Baptist Convention is hosting a one-night conference later this week with the theme: “In the Name of Jesus Rise Up.” That’s a reference to a story in Acts 3 where Peter heals a crippled man simply by asking for Jesus’ help:



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Why is This Public High School Biology Teacher Showing His Classes a Video of Kent Hovind Teaching Creationism?

What would you do if your son came home from his public school and asked you, “Dad, do you know who Kent Hovind is?”

Besides telling him, “A guy who’s in jail because of tax evasion,” you might bring up that he’s a shameless promoter of Young Earth Creationism. And what caused your son to ask you that question, anyway?

It turns out his Biology teacher was showing them clips from Hovind’s pro-Creationism video “Lies in the Textbooks” (full sermon below):



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What My Christian School Taught Me About Atheism

This is a guest post written by Jonny Scaramanga.

ACE schools don’t have teachers, they have “supervisors” and “monitors.” Most of the week, the children work in isolated cubicles called “offices,” completing worksheets (“PACEs”) that incorporate Bible lessons into every academic subject. If they need help, they raise one of two flags. The Christian flag will bring a supervisor who (in theory) helps with academic questions, while the national flag summons a monitor, who gives permission to do stuff like go to the bathroom or score their work (students mark their own work from answer keys). Since ACE students can’t do anything without permission, monitors are busy.

Because they think it’s a great way to teach “responsibility,” it’s common for schools to train older children as monitors. They lured us in by counting it as an extra half-credit towards ACE’s worthless high school diploma, and it had the added bonus of gaining the school a bunch of unpaid staff. Back in my day (1998), monitor training consisted of eight PACEs, which took five days. Training to become a supervisor was exactly the same, except you had to go to an approved training center and attend some seminars. ACE has since made the training process even more super-efficient, and you can now go from an unqualified nobody to a fully recognized ACE supervisor in four days. That’s the only training you need. Or, as they put it in 1980:

Although a B.S. degree in education is preferred, the only requirement is a B.A. (Born Again) in Salvation!

I can confirm that my supervisors did indeed appear to have degrees in BS.



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