The Onion has a major scoop:
Jordan Balderas just graduated from high school, and he spent his senior year trying to start a group for atheists and Agnostics at his school called “Youth for Truth.” (The name, he says, suggests that they’re searching for truth, not that they alone possess it.)
He was successful… but, in a talk for a TEDxYouth event, Jordan spoke about all the hoops he had to jump through to make that group a reality:
The Young County Commissioners Court (in Texas) just voted to place a Ten Commandments monument near the entrance to the Young County Courthouse.
The monument, similar to the one at the Oklahoma State Capitol building, will be funded by private donors, so taxpayers won’t be on the hook for it, but the commissioners don’t seem to understand the size of the door they’re about to open…:
Days after announcing that 42% of Americans are Creationists, Gallup has more data from its annual Values and Beliefs polls. And these results are no less depressing.
When it comes to the Bible, 28% of Americans say it’s the actual word of God and must be taken literally (the Ken Ham approach). Another 47% believe the Bible is inspired by God but open to interpretation. And a disappointingly low 21% correctly say it’s an “ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man”:
Last month, the city of La Vista, Nebraska hosted a “Faith & Freedom Day.” Omaha Atheists board member Robert Fuller wanted to know why the city was supporting a faith-based event, so he went up to Mayor Douglas Kindig (below), handed him a business card, a requested to meet at a later time to discuss possible church/state violations.
Kindig responded by telling Fuller, “Take me to fucking court because I don’t care,” and “Minorities are not going to run my city.”