Apply for the 2014 American Atheists Scholarship!

If you’re a college student (or a high school senior about to enter college), American Atheists has some money for you!

If you’ve done any activism this past year individually or with a group, if you’ve written letters-to-the-editor which were published, if you were an outspoken atheist in some way or another, you should think about applying.

The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship. The runner-up receives $1,000. And there is also an LGBT-specific scholarship worth $1,000. As an added bonus, all applicants get a year-long free membership into AA and winners will receive free admission to AA’s 2014 national conference this April.

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A Christian Homeless Shelter in Kansas City Rejected Atheist Volunteers, but Others Are Extending an Invitation

Earlier this week, I posted about how the Kansas City Atheist Coalition had volunteered to deliver meals to the hungry on Thanksgiving through the Kansas City Rescue Mission… but were told by the Christian charity that their services wouldn’t be needed:

As KCAC President Josh Hyde said:

Kansas City Rescue Mission has decided to use the meals they deliver as a chance to proselytize to its recipients by inserting religious literature into the meals. They informed us that we “would not be a good fit” (emphasis theirs) for volunteering with them, and declined to respond to any further inquiries.

Since the story broke, KCAC has received a crazy amount of media attention, and with that, came new opportunities. It turns out that other charities, Christian and non-Christian, are happy to have all the help they can get even if it involves working with heathens:

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After Lawsuit Threat, South Carolina Elementary School Cancels Partnership with Proselytizing Christian Charity

East Point Academy is a charter elementary school in West Columbia, South Carolina where, for the third year in a row, teachers and administrators were encouraging students to participate in Operation Christmas Child — a program where students could donate toys to impoverished kids overseas.

Sounds nice, right?

Just one catch: Operation Christmas Child is run by the group Samaritan’s Purse and the boxes of toys they give to those impoverished children each come with a pamphlet designed to convert them to Christianity, pledge card and all:

On Monday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent the school’s administrators a letter telling them to stop their faith-based outreach:

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Texas High School Holds Assembly Featuring Misogynistic Christian Speaker, So Students Complain on Twitter

What were administrators at Richardson High School thinking?

Yesterday, the Dallas, Texas-based school brought in motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo to speak to the students. His topic? Well, let’s just say his website reminds us that he’s a self-proclaimed expert in telling girls and boys how to become “dateable”… which really means being straight, Christian, and just like him:

So how do we become more dateable?

Check out some of his advice for girls:

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After San Diego Museum Council Denies Membership to Creation Museum, Its President Invokes Civil Rights Movement

The San Diego Museum Council is a coalition of local museums that work together to “increase awareness of and attendance at the diverse museums in the region.” The coalition includes the likes of the La Jolla Historical Society, Lux Art Institute, and the San Diego Air and Space.

And they were thisclose to bringing the Museum of Creation and Earth — a pro-Creationism “museum” — into the mix.

There are so many problems with this story:

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