The Two Largest Producers of Atheist Audiobooks Have Merged

In news that will interest the handful of people who care about such things, the two major sellers of audiobooks for atheist audiences have announced a merger.

Before today, there were only two companies that produced and distributed audiobooks specifically by atheist authors. As opposed to major publishers, who might take that step for a mainstream book written by someone like Richard Dawkins, Atheist Audiobooks and Pitchstone Publishing have been producing that content for years now for atheist authors (myself included) who weren’t making audio versions of their content for whatever reason.

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It Looks Like a Nasty Case of The Donald

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This VICE News Segment Documents the Difficulties of Escaping Islam

When you decide to leave Islam, bad things can happen, as a number of ex-Muslims can tell you. Apostasy is considered a crime deserving of death in some circles.

In this gripping video, VICE News followed a London-based network that helps rescue former Muslims.

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The Pledge of Allegiance Is Well Past Its Expiration Date

At Salon, the American Humanist Association’s David Niose has a wonderful article about why the Pledge of Allegiance is a bad ritual not only for the “Under God” bit, but also because it’s contrary to the very ideals our country claims to hold so dear:

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9 Basic Bible Facts That Atheists Should Know

Three favorite expressions that saturate the pious language of Christian fundamentalists are “biblical values,” “biblical principles,” and “biblical worldview.” For example, the stridently anti-marriage-equality restaurant chain Chick-fil-A asserts that their operation is based on Biblical values because they condemn birth control, divorce, and same-sex marriage — plus they’re closed on Sundays. Similarly, Dave Ramsey’s franchised Financial Peace University purports to be a “biblically-based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way.”

Thousands of other so-called Christian businesses derive their values, principles, and world-views from a highly selective and thoroughly misleading reading of scripture, disregarding all of the terrible material that predominates in holy writ. One common theme stresses the “biblical three Rs”: repentance, redemption, and reconciliation. But the true overarching theme is actually punishment, punishment, punishment.

To be effective defenders of the secular perspective, Atheists must be prepared to attack the Christian perspective at its point of greatest vulnerability, which is the Bible itself. Rather than just playing defense against the endless assaults by fundamentalist zealots, it is essential to go on the offense, armed with knowledge about the errors, terrors, and contradictions that permeate “God’s word.”

This article summarizes nine categories of basic facts that should be useful to Atheists who find themselves entangled in Bible discussions. Of course, there is no substitute for actually reading the so-called “good book,” which is exactly what many Christians do not do. “Good book” is a monstrous misnomer for this detestable compilation of holy horrors. These nine categories are roughly ordered chronologically, from the beginning to the end of the scriptural story.

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