High School Graduation Ceremonies Can Be Held in Church, Say Judges

On Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 (PDF) that public high schools holding graduation ceremonies inside churches were not violating the Establishment Clause and church/state separation. “There is no realistic endorsement of religion by the mere act of renting a building belonging to a religious group,” Judge Kenneth R. Ripple wrote for [Read More...]

Sean Faircloth Leaves Secular Coalition for America; Joins Richard Dawkins Foundation

Sean Faircloth, the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, has resigned from his position. He will be joining the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) as their new Director of Strategy and Policy. Dawkins explained it this way: “[Faircloth] has a proven ability to strategize, organize, and energize — qualities essential [Read More...]

A Beautiful Pastafarian Proposal

A few weeks ago, reader Keri and her boyfriend Jeff went on the Texas A&M University campus with posters and in full Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster pirate regalia to partake in some Pastafarian preaching: Later that afternoon, they began walking through the academic plaza where The Century Tree resides — the superstition says [Read More...]

Kansas City Atheist Coalition is Up and Running

Back in June, I posted about how the Kansas City Atheist Coalition was trying to get off the ground. Looks like they’re up and running! And their website looks awesome, promoting the things they’re most passionate about: If you’re interested in helping them out, you can become a member, donate, or just attend an upcoming [Read More...]

Massimo Pigliucci Is Coming to Chicago

Hey, Chicagoans, here are two events you’ll want to attend! On Saturday, September 17th, from 3:00 – 6:00p, Massimo Pigliucci will lead a workshop on critical thinking. As an exercise in “intellectual self-defense,” we will explore the meaning and process of critical thinking, examine common logical fallacies, and ask why we have difficulty with numbers [Read More...]


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