Atheist Puts a Stop to City-Sponsored Prayer Breakfasts in Eureka, California

In early 2013, atheist Carole Beaton along with attorney Peter Martin (below) filed a lawsuit against the city of Eureka, California and Mayor Frank Jager for promoting prayer breakfasts with city resources:

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Generous Atheists Are About to Make a Major Donation to a Single Incredible Charity

When we launched Foundation Beyond Belief in 2010, the plan was to encourage atheists to give to a bunch of amazing charities — 10 of them each quarter, to be precise — and help make giving to others a habit for secular people (who usually have no formal way to do that).

In 2012, we decided to cut the number of beneficiaries from 10 to 5 in order to give larger donations to each organization. That, coupled with a rising donor base, took us from giving about $1,200 to each group at our launch… to about $12,000 per group today.

It’s just incredible what FBB’s members have accomplished.

Now, we want to take it to the next level. (I’m so freakin’ excited about this.)

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Religious Right Leader, Unable to Find Actual Examples of Christian Persecution, Cites Three Debunked Ones

At the Values Voter Summit yesterday, Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford explained how Christians were under attack in American… and offered three examples.

All three, as you might expect, have been thoroughly debunked.

Right Wing Watch explains:

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Pagan, Making the Most of His Opportunity, Delivers a Very Memorable Invocation in Escambia County, FL

For a while now, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) has been trying to deliver an invocation to the Escambia County School Board in Florida. It hasn’t happened yet, and his situation has only been made worse by one of the board members, Jeff Bergosh, saying that he would walk out if Suhor was ever allowed to give one.

While that situation is working itself out, Suhor delivered an invocation for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners last night, and it was the greatest thing you’ll ever see.

I don’t want to give it away. Just watch the video. Watch it now. You can skip to the 0:25 mark to get to the good stuff.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Questionable Quotations in His Presentations

About a week ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations. Having seen him in person, I felt he led the audience to believe they were direct quotations… even though there was no evidence of those exact statements ever being made.

Those two above are perfect examples. There are no citations, but the lines that are supposed to be indicative of our nation’s innumeracy are in quotation marks, and the way he brings them up (near the 1:38 mark below) makes you think they were actually said.

Keep in mind he often makes similar presentations, so this was hardly an isolated incident.

Last night, on Facebook, Tyson responded to Sean Davis of the Federalist — the guy who initially raised the suspicions. He explained that the quotations were not actual quotations, but that he also never intended for them to be seen in that way:

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