What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 5

Daniel is back with another montage of some of the awful things done in the name of God over the past month:

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New Book Out Today: There Is No God: Atheists in America

Today marks the release of a new academic (and expensive) book called There Is No God: Atheists in America by David A. Williamson and George Yancey:

It’s a look at atheists from a sociological perspective — not an argument for it or against it — but I’m already put off by the title, which suggests that atheists have this absolute certainty that God doesn’t exist… instead of what most of us really live by, which is probable certainty. We might live like God doesn’t exist but we’re open to evidence to the contrary.

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Let’s Not Rise to Their Level

David Hayward points out — and rightfully so, I say — that atheists can often be no better than Christians when it comes to how we treat people with whom we disagree. It’s important to criticize ideas instead of individuals. Too bad a lot of our “attacks” are just mean-spirited, not helpful to anybody:

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Boston Atheists and Secular Coalition for Massachusetts Release Statement About Marathon Explosions

Two of the larger atheist organizations in the state, Boston Atheists and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts, just released this statement:

We know that we’re not alone among atheists and other secular people in wanting to show sympathy and support in response to today’s tragedy. Although prayer isn’t for us an option, we are ready to help by working with the Red Cross and other emergency and community organizations in any way possible.

Leaders of local secular organizations like the Boston Atheists and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts have been diligently monitoring communications for any opportunity to respond constructively to the tragic events of the day. We may have a different religious perspective, but on days like today, those differences pale in comparison to what brings us all together as members of the community.

Our thanks go to the first responders and other support staff have came to the aid of the victims in Copley Square today, and who have been working since then to protect our safety. Above all, our thoughts and compassion are with the victims and their families.

Zachary Bos, Co-chair, Secular Coalition for Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Director, American Atheists
Immediate Past President, Boston Atheists

Ellery Schempp, Co-chair, Secular Coalition for Massachusetts

Mr. Josiah Van Vliet, President, Boston Atheists

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On Twitter, the ‘Godless’ Are Already to Blame for the Boston Marathon Bombing

The usual suspects haven’t weighed in yet, but Twitter is full of ignorant people quick to blame atheists (or at least the secularizing of our country) for the awful bombings that took place in Boston today:


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