Culbert Olson: the California Governor Who Wasn’t Afraid to Admit He Was an Atheist

At an event sponsored by the California State Library and California Archives this week, Debra Deanne Olson spoke about her grandfather and former California governor Culbert Olson.

Olson, who died in 1962, was notable for being that rare atheist in public office. Not only did he skip the “So help me God” part during his oath, he didn’t even swear in on the Bible. He affirmed his oath in 1939 with a hand in the air and the other in his pocket:



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Mike Huckabee Mocks Climate Change: “A Beheading is a Far Greater Threat to an American Than a Sunburn”

At the Iowa Freedom Summit yesterday, potential Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee mocked President Obama‘s focus on climate change and suggested he wasn’t doing anything serious to combat the *real* problem we face:



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Lawrence Krauss Debunks Eric Metaxas’ Fine-Tuning Argument on the New Yorker‘s Website

A month after Christian author Eric Metaxas embarrassing piece in the pages of the The Wall Street Journal saying that science proved God — which was his way of pushing the awful fine-tuning argument — physicist Lawrence Krauss has a thorough rebuttal on the New Yorker‘s website:



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The Problem with Heaven is…

Of all the wacky beliefs people have about the afterlife, I find it weird that they usually ignore the most obvious aspect of it: Heaven never really seems all that enjoyable.

(Even seeing your deceased loved ones sounds nice and all, but after a few days, I’d probably want some personal space again.)

So this postcard at PostSecret probably resonates with a lot of religious people:



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Will Atheists March on Washington in 2016? Planning for the Second Reason Rally Has Begun

In March of 2012, as estimated 20,000 atheists gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “Reason Rally,” reminding our elected officials that church/state separation matters, that atheists vote, and that they can’t ignore us any longer. Whether it had a significant effect on the political landscape is debatable, but I can tell you that most atheists I met there had never experienced anything like it before. They were surrounded by like-minded people for the first time in their lives and it was a transformational experience for them.



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