So, I’ll Be Speaking at a Church in San Antonio This Sunday…

A few years ago, just after I Sold My Soul on eBay came out, a pastor at Willow Creek, a megachurch outside of Chicago, invited me to come onstage with him and have a discussion about my experience visiting churches and meeting Christians. There was a lot I liked and didn’t like (that went well beyond just belief in a God). It wasn’t a debate. We weren’t there to score points. And I really enjoyed my time there.

I also appreciated how the pastor let the audience know that, when they met me afterwards, there was nothing they could say that I hadn’t heard many, many times before, so they should show some respect by not trying to convert me :)

That pastor, Randy Frazee, is now a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and he invited me to his church to have a similar sort of discussion this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, considering that it’s been years since our last public discussion and my views on churches are probably not as generous as they may have been in the past.

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The Bible (Miniseries) Gets Resurrected‎

After huge ratings and impressive DVD sales, “The Bible” miniseries that aired on the History Channel will get a second life:

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John Xu Appointed Acting Director for Centre for Inquiry in Toronto

I don’t usually post about various leadership changes within our movement, but this one was particularly interesting because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Chinese person’s name on the masthead for any national atheist group, at least in North America. (If I’m wrong, please correct me.) John Xu, who began volunteering at CFI in [Read More…]

In Mississippi, a New Law Will Allow Religious Proselytizing in Public Schools

Today, the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013” goes into effect.

The law makes student-led, administration-supported proselytizing perfectly legal in the state’s public schools. The state’s House passed it on a 109-6 vote, while the Senate supported it 50-1 (the lone “Nay” vote was cast by the aptly-named Democrat Deborah Jeanne Dawkins). Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed it into law in March:

What does the law say? While much of it just reinforces laws that are already in place (e.g. Students can pray without punishment, Students can form after-school religious clubs), it also allows for Christians to push their faith onto other students in ways we’ve often fought against:

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Video of the Atheist Monument Dedication Ceremony in Front of the Bradford County Courthouse

Yesterday, American Atheists unveiled a bench engraved with quotations from prominent atheists and church/state separation advocates in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in northern Florida. It was in response to a Christian group’s Ten Commandments monument that county officials had allowed on the premises.

Now, we have video of the full ceremony from start to finish (via CRUClEFICTION):

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