American Atheists Bench in Florida Gets Vandalized… and We Know Who Did It

We all knew the American Atheists bench outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida was a prime target for vandals… but I wasn’t expecting this.

Someone named “Zach Hillbillyboy Osborne” spit tobacco juice on the bench — a stain I’m not sure will come out — and then had the audacity to (A) take a picture of it and (B) send that picture to American Atheists:

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A Video Takedown of Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict

If anyone has ever read (or had to read) Christian apologist Josh McDowell‘s The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Steve Shives is doing a chapter-by-chapter rebuttal of the book on YouTube. Chapters 1 and 2 are now available:

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New Christian Children’s Book Takes Them on a Tour of Heaven

Lying about Heaven is bad.

Lying to children about Heaven is worse.

But why let a little thing like ethics stop you from making money off of fiction masquerading as truth? That’s what Anthony DeStefano is doing with his new book A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids:

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Attendees of Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana Get Free Admission… if They Attend Mass

Last summer, there was a kerfuffle in Milwaukee over their Mexican and Irish festivals.

Mexican Fiesta, an event sponsored by the city, cost $13/person for entrance… unless you attended Mass, in which case it was only $5:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation called them out on it and organizers eventually issued a compromise: they said anyone who came for the 10:30a Mass on Sunday would get a discounted ticket… but atheists wouldn’t have to participate in the Mass. They’d just have to sit around and wait for 90 minutes.

I never said it was a good compromise.

Now, the city’s Festa Italiana is doing the same damn thing.

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Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Is Trying to Pass a Bill That Would Use Taxpayer Money to Fund Religious Programs

You may recall that the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana recently lost $15,000 in federal funding because of the religious nature of its Young Marine Program.

Now, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is trying to pass a bill that would change that.

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