In Place of Louie Giglio, a Pro-Gay Pastor Will Deliver the Inauguration Benediction

After the Louie Giglio controversy, in which an anti-gay evangelical Christian pastor was selected to give the benediction at President Obama‘s Inauguration ceremony, the team putting the event together was looking for someone who doesn’t take pride in his own bigotry.

Their decision will probably do the trick: Rev. Luis Leon, an Episcopal priest who also gave the benediction at President George W. Bush‘s second inaugural ceremony, has been chosen to take Giglio’s place: [Read more...]

Atheism for Dummies Available for Pre-order

It sounds weird to say this about a Dummies book, but I am *so* excited to read Dale McGowan‘s contribution to the series, Atheism for Dummies:

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American Atheists Will Provide Childcare at Annual Convention

Over the past few years, there’s been a push to make atheist conventions more worthwhile for families and parents to attend. For their 50th anniversary convention this March in Austin, Texas, American Atheists will be providing childcare options for parents (thanks to the help of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science): [Read more...]

Prometheus Books is Partnering Up with Random House Publisher Services

Prometheus just entered into a major agreement with Random House Publisher Services (RHPS) that will broaden its reach while still allowing the mid-sized publishing house to remain independent: [Read more...]

Does the Irrationality of Religion Even Matter?

In Jared Diamond‘s new book The World Until Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about how our species’ past practices and traditions can give us insight into the present and future.

Salon excerpted a particular chapter dealing with religion and offers an explanation as to why religion is still such a powerful force today (spoiler: It strengthens community ties): [Read more...]


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