Five Atheism-Related Stories from the Past Week That Left Me Shaking My Head…

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses five stories from the past week that left me shaking my head:

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‘Hug An Atheist Week’ Fundraiser Will Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This is a guest post by Sam Shore. Sam is the Light the Night Team Coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief (on which I serve on the board).

In 2012, Foundation Beyond Belief raised a record-shattering $430,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by encouraging nonreligious communities to get involved with their local chapters’ Light the Night cancer walks. This year, FBB is taking it a step further by organizing Hug an Atheist Week.

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Forget the Pale Blue Dot; Check Out the Tiny Little Sliver

The team at Wait But Why put together this amazing snapshot of our lives right now… and then keeps pulling back to reveal where our lives are with respect to the past week, the past year, the past century, the past millennium, etc.

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Americans United Files Brief Against Sectarian Prayers at City Council Meetings with Supreme Court

On November 6, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that could decide the fate of invocation prayers at city council meetings. (My summary of the case, the people involved, and the arguments they’ll likely make can be read here.)

Earlier today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed its official brief with the Court — all 78 pages of it — and they responded to the right-wing talking points right up front:

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Project Reason Will Match All Donations to the Secular Student Alliance Over the Next Month, Up to $30,000

I’ve written a couple of times about the need for the Secular Safe Zone and why we need to make sure young atheists feel safe and comfortable in their non-religious identities:

Just a day after the Atlantic published a story on how some students were bullied for not believing in God, Sam Harris came through with a very exciting announcement: Project Reason, the non-profit group run by Harris and his wife, will be matching all donations to the Secular Student Alliance over the next month, up to $30,000.

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