Wife of Slain Freethinker Dr. Avijit Roy Issues First Public Statement

A couple of weeks ago, atheist author Dr. Avijit Roy (below) and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they were promoting Roy’s latest work, when assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”

Roy died shortly afterwards and Ahmed remains in critical condition. Suspects have been arrested.

Meanwhile, Ahmed issued her first public statement yesterday to the Center For Inquiry:

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Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Will Return to Michigan Park… Alongside a Useless Disclaimer

For most of the past 50 years, if you walked into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

It’s an Old Testament verse, Psalm 19:1:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

Obviously, that sign has no business in a public park…

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Judge Dismisses American Atheists’ Lawsuit Against Ten Commandments Monument on Oklahoma Capitol Grounds

Oklahoma officials decided to put a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds in 2012 and the decision has been coming back to bite them ever since.



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Texas Superintendent Defends Principal Who Reads Bible Verses During Announcements, Calling His Actions “Neutral”

Last week, I posted a few recordings of White Oak High School (Texas) Principal Dan Noll reading Bible verses during morning announcements.

That’s obviously illegal. And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught violating church/state separation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter last October concerning prayers said over the loudspeakers during football games and coach-led prayers before the game. The district denied both charges.

They can’t deny the recordings, though. What’s amazing is how they haven’t even bothered to try.

Yesterday, Superintendent Michael Gilbert wrote this on his district blog:

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Remember When Those QVC Hosts Debated Whether the Moon Was a Star or a Planet? Now, Watch This Animated Version

Remember that recent clip from QVC in which the hosts (Jane Treacy and Isaac Mizrahi) argued over whether the moon was a star or a planet? (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.)

Then see that same silly argument set to animation by Zeke Iddon. He took something absurd and made it even more hilarious:



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