CNN Publishes a Lengthy, Positive Profile of an Atheist Family

You know, it’s not often you see a positive story about an atheist…

But this long feature by CNN’s Daniel Burke is just a wonderful look at a family of atheists from North Carolina.



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How Meaningful Can a Relationship with God Be If There’s a Threat Involved?

DarkMatter2525 explains how God’s worst idea may have been to use Heaven and Hell as a threat over people in order to inspire “meaningful” relationships with them.

(It may help to watch the first two episodes in this trilogy beforehand, though it’s not necessary.)



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CNN Will Air a Special on Atheists This Tuesday

Since a lot of you may be interested, CNN will be airing a special on atheists Tuesday night: “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers.”



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Congressman Introduces Legislation to Prevent “So Help Me God” from Becoming Optional Part of Military Oaths

Until late 2013, if you were a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, you would have concluded your Basic Cadet Training by reciting this Honor Oath:

“We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”

It’s that last clause that Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation fought to remove for so long and they eventually got their wish:



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Arizona Bill Exempting Churches from Paying Property Taxes on Buildings They Rent Awaits the Governor’s Signature

Earlier this year, Arizona legislators introduced a bill that would allow churches to claim a property tax exemption on buildings they rent rather than just own. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer last year, but there’s no telling if the same thing will happen under new Governor Doug Ducey.

House Bill 2128, which was passed by the House in February and passed by the Senate this week, already exempts property “owned by an educational, religious or charitable organization… from taxation.”

However, if a church rents space from, say, a public school, they can now claim an exemption on it, too. That rule would not apply to secular non-profit groups that rent the same space.



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