National Ask An Atheist Day This Thursday

A couple of years ago on National Ask An Atheist Day, a high school student’s mother was so offended that atheists were answering questions during lunch periods that she removed her kids from school that day… because nothing scares religious parents more than the thought of kids getting their questions about faith answered by people who aren’t going to feed them the standard church lines.

The annual event, taking place this Thursday, is great for giving atheists the opportunity to dispel stereotypes and answer honest questions without being combative or defensive — a scary thought for anyone who thrives on spreading rumors about who we are or what we believe:

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Dammit, I Want to Go To Wellesley Now

Seen on Wellesley College’s Facebook page:

Awesome :)

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The ‘What If’ Questions That Shape History

The legendary philosopher and promoter of Secular Humanism Paul Kurtz died last October. He was someone who always cared less about God’s existence and more about what we ought to do with our lives after we’d figured out that God didn’t exist.

His final book, published yesterday, is called The Turbulent Universe. In it, he lays out his vision of a global ethics based on universal human rights, free inquiry, and living with exuberance.

Below is an excerpt from the book in which he questions the improbable events in our life:

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How to Respond to the Anti-Gay ‘Day of Dialogue’

Thursday marks the annual anti-gay “Day of Dialogue” in which participants can tell their LGBT classmates why they’re going to hell. It’s the Christian response to Friday’s gay-friendly “Day of Silence.”

This is the card (PDF) participants will be handing out:

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High School Student Fights Back Against Abstinence Speaker at Assembly, so the Principal Threatens to Warn Her Future College About Her

It’s incredible that some public high school administrators still haven’t learned how to vet assembly speakers to make sure they’re not spouting religious-based nonsense.

In Charleston, West Virginia, George Washington High School recently brought in Pam Stenzel to speak about the importance of making good decisions.

Unfortunately, in Stenzel’s mind, abstinence is the only good decision when it comes to sex, and anyone who’s had any sort of sexual contact with someone they weren’t married to is going to pay the price for it.

Just check out what she says at the 3:10 mark in her promo video below:

If you have sex outside of one, permanent, monogamous… partner who has only been with you… If you have sex outside of that context, you will pay. No one has ever had more than one partner and not paid.

Bullshit. Sex, by itself, isn’t a bad thing. You have to be emotionally ready for it. You should know how to protect yourself. You should know that abstinence isn’t a dirty word if you choose to stay that way. But having sex doesn’t make you a bad person.

That’s not what Stenzel told the students, though:

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