The Telegraph Covers Atheism in a Virginia Town

Given that I write about American atheism all the time, it’s always interesting to read how other publications from outside the country cover the same topic. So I’m grateful that The Telegraph (UK) shined a spotlight on atheists in one Virginia town and the difficulties of being non-religious in a religious environment no matter how the demographics are shifting:



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Ohio Christian University, Whose President’s on the State School Board, Gets Taxpayer Money to Teach ‘Biblical Truth’

If you’re a high school student in Ohio, you may be enrolled in a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program where you can take courses that’ll earn you college credit (similar to Advanced Placement classes).

But there are rules about the kinds of classes that are offered under this program:

Public and nonpublic high school students may enroll in nonsectarian, college-level courses and receive college credit and/or credit toward graduation from high school.

So let’s say you’re a college willing to take on some high school students. The publicly-funded school districts will help reimburse the cost of tuition. Good deal!

That brings us to the shenanigans taking place at Ohio Christian University, exposed by Carol Biliczky of the Akron Beacon Journal.



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150 Questions for Creationists: A Response to Buzzfeed’s Column

After seeing Buzzfeed’s list of questions from Creationists following the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate, YouTube-r Jaclyn Glenn asked her viewers to take pictures of their own questions for Creationists and she compiled them in this lovely video:



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10 Things I Didn’t Know About Neil deGrasse Tyson Until After Reading His Profile in the New Yorker

The upcoming issue of the New Yorker includes a lengthy profile by Rebecca Mead of astrophysicist and host of the upcoming “Cosmos” reboot Neil deGrasse Tyson. Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall, but here are some of the more interesting nuggets of information I didn’t know (or didn’t think about) before reading the piece:



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Fox News’ Todd Starnes Reacts to Openly Gay Football Player

Within hours of University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, an NFL prospect, coming out as gay, Fox News’ Todd Starnes had an apology for his readers:



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