Supreme Court Rejects American Atheists’ Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘God Protects Us From the Terrorists’ Law

In 2006, politicians in Kentucky passed a law requiring the state’s Department of Homeland Security to declare in its training materials that security was unattainable without reliance on “Almighty God.” It also required a plaque to be installed at the Department’s entrance saying as much. AA’s attorney Edwin Kagin called the law “one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I’ve ever seen.”

After a long, drawn-out court battle that involved a lower court victory, an appellate court loss, and a “we’re not getting involved” from the Kentucky Supreme Court, AA appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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A Simple Primer on How to Be Interesting

Jessica Hagy draws one of my favorite webcomics, Indexed, and she just released her newest book How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps):

The book presents excellent advice in Hagy’s simple, clever way — and some of them apply directly to skeptics: [Read more...]

I Was on The Thinking Atheist Podcast

I was a guest on The Thinking Atheist podcast last week and host Seth Andrews uploaded the audio online. Hope I didn’t embarrass myself too badly!

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The High School Performing a Play About ‘Adam and Steve’ Isn’t Being Anti-Christian

When I was in college, I performed in a play that offered a satirical look at the Bible. It was funny, there was no controversy, and when it came down to it, the play was actually pretty respectful of the underlying story.

You could say similar things about Paul Rudnick‘s 1998 play “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a play that features a female God and the characters “Adam and Steve” and “Jane and Mabel.” In the second part of the play, the same characters become real couples, living in New York City, coming to terms with their own beliefs.

When the play premiered years ago, the New York Times gave it a positive review: [Read more...]

The Introduction to Atheism for Dummies

Dale McGowan‘s new book Atheism for Dummies arrived at my house last week and I’ve been having a wonderful time leafing through it. The writing is extremely accessible and the book is a thorough, helpful introduction to atheism both as a philosophy and as a movement. If you read this book cover-to-cover, you’d have a very good idea of what sorts of issues atheists are dealing with in our society.

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