Is it Time to Move on from the New Atheism?

The New Humanist, in its Winter 2013 issue, asks the question “Is it Time to Move on from the New Atheism?”

Daily Telegraph editor Tom Chivers applauds the New Atheists — including Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett — for starting a very important debate:

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Fox News Channel’s Faith Panel Debates Satanic Monument in Oklahoma

After a mistaken introduction in which Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson said it was atheists who wanted to put up a Satanic monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building — she apologized for that on Twitter — her “faith panel” shared their thoughts on the recently-revealed Satanic monument design:

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All Last Week, This Comic Strip About a Black Family Poked Fun at Fundamentalist Christianity

Usually, a newspaper’s comic page isn’t my go-to place for stories about religion but there was a fascinating storyline last week in Ray Billingsley‘s “Curtis,” a strip about an African-American family.

The premise was that the “most religious woman in the world” was coming to babysit Curtis and his little brother Barry (you can see the full storyline here — a couple of the strips are below):

I’m not used to seeing (even fundamentalist) religion mocked with such ease in a comic strip, and I was especially surprised to see it happening in a strip revolving around a black family where church is usually as much a part of the culture as anything else.

I was really curious what led to this storyline and whether Billingsley got any negative pushback from readers. He was kind enough to respond to my questions via email.

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This May Be the Worst Argument Ever Made for Why You Should Believe in God

Tony, Tony, Tony, what on earth were you thinking…?

Tony Jones, a progressive Christian blogger on Patheos, just wrote a post explaining why he’s a Christian. And instead of offering your standard run-of-the-mill, easily-refutable apologetics, he made what may be the worst argument ever for believing in God: Everyone else does it.


And he threw in some awfully ignorant remarks about atheists, too.

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Catholic School Leader Fired Gay Administrator After He Got Married, but Said He Could Keep Job if He Got a Divorce

Last month, a student-led revolution began at Eastside Catholic High School in Seattle, Washington.

It started when Assistant Principal Mark Zmuda was forced to resign from his position after school officials confronted him about his sexual orientation and summer wedding:

Before his final day at the school, hundreds of students staged a protest online, on Twitter, in the cafeteria, and outside the school:

The students, like Zmuda, are all aware that the Catholic Church is an anti-gay organization and school officials are well within their right to fire Zmuda.

But that doesn’t mean the students have to stand by and just watch it happen.

In fact, they’re planning an even bigger protest at the end of the month:

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