A Secular Invocation at the Pensacola City Council Meeting

Earlier this year, David Suhor gave an excellent non-religious invocation at a meeting of the Pensacola City Council:

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The Best Sound Bites and Speeches from Prominent Atheists, All on Video

The Agnostic Atheist Anti-Theist Foundation on Facebook have been putting up a lot of great videos on YouTube lately, compiling the best speeches and sound bites from prominent atheists.

Below is just their latest one featuring Christopher Hitchens (part 7 in the series, natch):

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After Negative Feedback, Chili’s Will Not Be Donating 10% of Customers’ Checks to Anti-Vaccine Group Tomorrow

Chili’s Grill & Bar was planning to host a nationwide fundraiser tomorrow night in which a portion of all proceeds would be given to the National Autism Association. That sounds all well and good until you take a look at the NAA’s website, specifically the page listing the causes of autism.

For no good reason — certainly, no scientific reason — the list includes “Vaccines”:

For that reason, spurred by popular websites reporting on it, people began complaining about Chili’s on various social media networks.

It’s entirely possible (hell, it’s very probable) Chili’s had no idea supporting the NAA would be controversial — they just figured they were helping a good cause — but to their credit, they’ve just announced that they will no longer be giving any money to the anti-vaxxer organization:

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In Saturday Night Live Sketch, Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Global Warming to Fox & Friends Crew

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn’t actually on Saturday Night Live last night, but Kenan Thompson portrayed the astrophysicist explaining global warming to the dunces hosting Fox & Friends (watch the clip on NBC or Hulu):

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Idaho’s Largest School District Removes Award-Winning Book from Curriculum in Part Because It Mocks Jesus

Here’s what you need to know about Sherman Alexie‘s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian:

It’s won a ridiculous number of prestigious awards since being published in 2007.

Every kid you know who’s read it has loved it.

A couple of parents in Idaho have convinced a local school board — representing the largest school district in the state — to remove the book from its curriculum because it’s too “obscene” for them.

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