She Got Rid of Her Purity Ring and Then Tried to Find Her First Partner

Arla Knudsen was a purity-ring-wearing Christian… until she realized she just didn’t feel that way anymore. She told the New York Times about how she shed her faith and subsequently tried to overcome her virginity, too:



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Here’s a Kind of “New Atheism” We Can All Get Behind

Skepticon — the annual free atheist conference in Springfield, Missouri — is doing something radical for their eighth time around: They’re not inviting any speakers who have been on their stage before.



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Man Who Hosted “Draw Muhammad” Event in Phoenix Wants $10 Million to Provide Security for His Family

Jon Ritzheimer (below) is the man who hosted the Draw Muhammad event in Phoenix a couple of nights ago.

And now he’s trying to capitalize on his notoriety, saying that he’s accepting donations for the safety of his family.

And for a hospital.

And for his future Senate campaign race.

All he needs is $10 million.

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Pittsylvania County Officials Lose Long-Running Fight to Pray to Jesus at Meetings

In 2012, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in Virginia began each meeting with a prayer to Jesus Christ.

An anonymous woman had sued the city in response — but a judge ruled that the only way for the lawsuit to proceed was if she revealed her identity.

In a country where atheists can get harassed for simply suggesting, “If people want to pray, they should do it privately, not on the taxpayers’ dime,” it’s no surprise the person wanted to keep her identity hidden.

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Unless Your Atheism Inspires You to Make This World a Better Place, What Good Is It?

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Molly Worthen highlights the Sunday Assembly (a.k.a. the “atheist church”) and what it suggests about the future of atheism:



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