Bill Nye, the Science Guy is Now Available on Netflix

I suspect many of you will be thrilled to learn that Season 1 of Bill Nye, the Science Guy (the TV show from the 1990s, for those of you too young to experience quality television) is now available on Netflix:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 55: Ryan Cragun, Author of How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Ryan T. Cragun, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa and the author of books including What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should).

His latest is called How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps.

We spoke with Dr. Cragun about whether religious fervor is cyclical or fading, why religious holidays should become secular, and the surprising thing churches can do to stop the shifting trend away from religion.

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An Atheist Interviewed a Creationist from Answers in Genesis… and the Conversation is Fascinating

To the frustration of many of you (as you’ve expressed to me many times over), I’m a huge proponent of talking to people you disagree with — even when you actively work against each other. Especially when you actively work against each other, if for no other reason than it’s easy to create a straw man version of your opponents and you never want to do that. You want to make sure you’re opposing things they really believe. And when they’re willing to have a conversation with you, and when you can get inside their heads and find out why they think the way they do, you should take that opportunity.

It’s possible you learn nothing new. But maybe they become a little more “human” and you can better understand where they’re coming from. Ultimately, that helps us stay on focus with our own activism.

That’s why we’ve talked to several people we might consider to be cultural opponents on the podcast. It’s just more interesting to me than talking to atheists who agree with us all the time.

That’s also why I have to applaud what the Miami Valley Skeptics have done.

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North Carolina Official Who Told Non-Christian Invocation Speakers to “Stay the Hell Away” Backtracks on Comments

This is Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem (below), last week, talking about invocations delivered by non-Christians:

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Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

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