Young Girl’s Life Could Be Saved with Chemotherapy, but Her Parents Prefer a Faith-Based Alternative

We hear too many stories about faith-healing parents who think prayer has a better chance of curing their sick children than modern medicine. Too often, those children die because of their parents’ faith-based negligence.

Makayla Sault (below) is an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It’s a treatable disease with a survival rate of nearly 90% — if you go through two years of chemotherapy. She obviously has a tough road of her, but getting the treatment at McMaster Children’s Hospital (in Ontario, Canada) may be her only viable option.

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Ken Ham Is Furious That My Book Will Be Handed Out to High School Students in Kentucky

Uh-oh. Either Creationist Ken Ham reads my site regularly, or his Google Alerts found me. Either way, he’s not happy that the Tri-State Freethinkers are giving away copies of my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide on the last day of classes in the Boone County school system in Kentucky.

Since Ham hasn’t read my book — it’s not anti-Christian at all and simply explains to all audiences how they can help young atheists — he has to resort to quoting excerpts from my blog that criticize his beliefs (without linking to them because FSM-forbid his readers make up their own minds about what I write). Still, thanks, Ken, for giving my critiques a new audience!

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A Compilation of Christopher Hitchens’ Best Comebacks

I never get tired of these, and it’s only part one:

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Humanist Group Will Get Another Chance to Challenge Elementary School’s Religious Graduation Ceremony

Last year, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center found out that administrators at Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, South Carolina held their “graduation” ceremony inside of a church.

To make matters worse, the program for the event very clearly listed two separate prayers — both of which were led by students. Furthermore, both were Christian prayers that referred to “Jesus” and both were approved by a school official before the ceremony:

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Delivering an Atheist Invocation at a City Council Meeting? Here’s Some Inspiration

With the Supreme Court verdict in Town of Greece v. Galloway, sectarian invocations are now legal at government meetings — but that also means atheists can give non-religious invocations of their own.

The Central Florida Freethought Community has compiled a wonderfully helpful transcribed list of past secular invocations from around the country. So feel free to read through them and use them as inspiration for your own reflections. It’s a fantastic resource for atheists who may be inspired to sign up to speak at an upcoming city council meeting.

I particularly love this excerpt from an invocation delivered by Andrew Lovley in South Portland, Maine in 2009:

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