Why the Christian Right’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ Campaign Makes No Sense, Even for Them

Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress explains why the “Naughty or Nice” list put out by the Christian group American Family Association and, by extension, the “Friend or Foe” list put out by Liberty Counsel make absolutely no sense, even from a Christian perspective. (Remember: These are the lists that reward you for using the word “Christmas” in your marketing campaigns and condemn you if you don’t.)



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Help Support a Free Student-Run Atheist Conference in Columbia, Missouri

Next Spring, the University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics (SASHA) will be hosting a free conference at the Columbia campus called SashaCon 2014:

I’m looking forward to speaking there — it’s always nice to be part of a student-run event!

They could use some help with funding, though. If you support these kinds of events, consider chipping in on their Indiegogo page! They need to raise about $3,000 and they have limited time in which to do it.

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What’s It Like to be an Atheist in Poland? This Movie Will Show You

I’d never heard of this guy until yesterday, but Casimir Liszinski (a.k.a. Kazimierz Łyszczyński) was a Polish soldier executed for the crime of atheism in 1689.

Zenon Kalafaticz created an English-language documentary about how atheism fares in Poland more than three centuries after Liszinski was killed. In it, he speaks with a number of Polish atheist leaders and describes why there’s so much pushback against the powerful Catholic Church.

I watched excerpts of it yesterday and it looks fascinating (though I can’t shake how the narrator’s voice sounds like one you’d hear in an episode of “South Park”). In any case, if you have some time, check out 324 Years After…:

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I Didn’t Realize the Freedom From Religion Foundation Was That Kind of Group…

Amazon runs a cool program called AmazonSmile where a small percentage of selected purchases will go to the non-profit group of your choice, something that really adds up when lots of supporters make purchases.

Naturally, reader Steve looked up the Freedom From Religion Foundation but he was a little surprised by the category it was in…



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Board of Education May Vote to Put ‘In God We Trust’ on an Elementary School’s Welcome Sign

If you were to visit Pine River Elementary School in Leroy, Michigan, you would see this sign in front of the building:

I have a couple of issues with that sign… do adults who work there also have a great day, or just the kids? And what exactly is the name of that book? It’s like they were trying to cram buzzwords on its spine. Idea! Think! Book! But those are minor issues. It’s a cute sign that I’m sure serves some purpose.

It actually went up earlier this year when the other two elementary schools in the district shut down and the remaining school was renamed and given a bit of a makeover. This sign helped inaugurate the new building.

But when LeRoy High School Class of 1943 graduate Carl Gustafson made the sign, the spine of the book had another phrase on it: “In God We Trust.

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