Atheists of the Puget Sound Shave Their Heads for Cancer Research

Rebecca Vitsmun, whom you all know from her memorable post-tornado interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, teamed up with members of the Atheists of the Puget Sound (in Washington state) on Friday as part of an event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They all had their heads shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer victims, raising money for the cause along the way.

Here’s the before shot, with Bob Garcia (left), Rebecca, and Robert Ray:

And here’s the after:

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Louis CK’s Hilarious Monologue from Saturday Night Live Covered Heaven, Atheism, and God as an Abusive Husband

Last night, during Louis CK‘s Saturday Night Live opening monologue, he did an extended riff on religion that was just fantastic.

Check it out (sorry, non-Hulu people!) (Edit: Here’s a YouTube link while it lasts!):



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These Musicians Got Around Their Town’s Anti-Street-Performance Law by Forming the ‘Church of the Holy Kazoo’

Last fall, the Camden Council (London) considered a law, in response to a handful of complaints, that would make it all but impossible for street musicians to play their instruments:

… the council wants to restrict performances to between 10:00 and 21:00.

Under the proposals, anyone who wants to play a wind instrument — apart from the flute and the recorder — would need a special licence, as would all percussion instruments. Any form of amplification would be banned.

That proposed law led to a lot of understandably upset musicians, but it was passed last week.

Now, a few kazoo players think they’ve found a way around the law: They just created their own church:



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The War on Christmas is On! These Christians Are Angry That a School District Renamed Christmas Break ‘Winter Recess’

The War on Christmas (2014 edition) has begun!

Years ago, the Norwood Public Schools decided to change the name of “Christmas Recess” to “Winter Recess” since, you know, not everyone believes in Jesus.

Theresa McNulty is still pissed off about that:



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Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. The event drew several hundred audience members to our mostly-commuter school and gave our group a lot of energy, momentum, and additional members. That was well over a decade ago and Edwin has been a friend to me ever since, most recently giving me permission to include his essay “Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation” in my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.

On Friday, American Atheists confirmed that Edwin had died at the age of 73.



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