Foundation Beyond Belief Members Raised $124,090 for Charity Over the Past Three Months

Foundation Beyond Belief just released the results from the Fourth Quarter of 2013. Check out the donations — $124,090 in total given by atheists — to the following organizations:

Once again, three organizations received more than $10,000. We also raised $63,000 in response to Typhoon Haiyan for Citizens’ Disaster Response Center and Team Rubicon.

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You Know What Christian Conferences Are Missing? Atheists

Fellow blogger Bob Seidensticker says that Christian conferences are missing out on a valuable opportunity by not inviting atheist speakers:



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This is Why I Miss Richard Dawkins’ Science Writing

Every year, John Brockman asks his braintrust at The Edge a thought-provoking question and compiles their answers. This year’s question has just been released: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?

I *loved* Richard Dawkinsanswer: Essentialism. The idea that there’s an “ideal” human and cat and dog. It’s an idea, Dawkins says, that has no scientific basis and that has impeded our understanding of evolution:



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Nepal’s Girl ‘Goddesses’ Will Receive Reparations After Having Their Childhoods Taken Away from Them

Certain Hindu and Buddhist groups in Nepal have a tradition of worshiping pre-pubescent girls, known as Kumari, who are deemed manifestations of the goddess Durga. These girls are selected at ages as young as four — and they’re forced to “retire” by the time they hit puberty. It’s like “Toddlers & Tiaras” minus the pretending. These girls were chosen.

For centuries, they didn’t get an education during their reign because, of course, they’re “divine” — a policy that didn’t change until 2008 thanks to a Supreme Court ruling — and they’re catered to for the near-decade they live in their privileged world. By the time their hit their teenage years, they’re like injured college athletes left to fend for themselves because their colleges aren’t paying for scholarships anymore.

As of this week, though, they’re going to get a little bit of help.



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A City Council in Florida Keeps a Bible Handy… Because Tradition

If you want attend a meeting of the Pinellas Park City Council (in Florida), take a good look at the book resting by the Mayor’s seat atop the dais: It’s a Bible that was gifted to the council by the local Kiwanis Club several years ago — which City Manager Doug Lewis claims makes it a historical artifact instead of an affirmation of any religion:



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