The Federal Bureau of Prisons Doesn’t Consider ‘Humanism’ a Religion, but an Inmate is Suing Them to Change That

The Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon is a prison with nearly 2,000 inmates. Those inmates, upon arrival, can designate a religious preference — which is how we know the religious makeup of inmates who volunteer that information.

The list of available religions, as you can see, doesn’t include Humanism.

And now an inmate is suing to change that.

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Carroll County Officials Decide by the Narrowest of Margins to Follow Court Order & Stop Praying to Jesus at Meetings

After a judge told the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners that they needed to stop their prayers to Jesus at meetings, they decided they didn’t give a damn what the law said.

A day after the ruling, commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier said a religious prayer anyway (falsely attributing it to President George Washington).

After the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent the commissioners’ lawyers a warning letter threatening a contempt charge if there was another attempt to defy the ruling, the board went ahead and invited a speaker who also said a prayer to Jesus.

So the AHA demanded the court issue a heavy fine against the board — to the tune of $30,000 immediately and $10,000 for each additional violation of the court order.

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These Nonsensical Horoscopes Make Just as Much Sense as ‘Real’ Ones

It turns out when you replace the words in a typical horoscope with complete gibberish, it basically sounds the same… and happens to be equally true!

Jessica Hagy explores the concept in her series Jabberwocky Astrology:



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Why is a Creationist Giving a Commencement Address at a Top Science School?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how a Creationist will soon be giving a commencement address at a top engineering school:

You can learn more about this story here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

And if you like what you’re seeing, please consider supporting this site on Patreon.

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After Backlash from Muslim Groups, Brandeis University Will No Longer Be Giving an Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Last week, Brandeis University announced that it would be awarding honorary degrees to five notable figures, including atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali for her advocacy of women’s rights around the world:

Hirsi Ali, in her bestselling books Infidel and Nomad, made no secret of the fact that Islam, as interpreted by militants, extremists, and even (in some cases) casual believers, was not only untrue but harmful to the world. Between female genital mutilation, honor killings, the idea of martyrdom, and the murder of her friend Theo van Gogh, you can understand why she has courageously put her own life on the line to speak out against the horrors of the faith. In her mind (and many atheists agree), the problem isn’t radical Islam. It’s Islam, period. Much like how Sam Harris criticized religious moderates in The End of Faith for providing cover to the extremists, Hirsi Ali minced no words in a 2007 interview when describing her goal of trying to defeat Islam as a whole because she didn’t believe the religion of peace was capable of being saved in its current form.

Almost immediately after the announcement of her honorary degree, Muslim groups began to protest her selection.

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