Teresa MacBain: From Methodist Minister to Atheist Advocate

It would be fun to say that if Teresa hadn’t come along, we would have had to invent her. But American Atheists isn’t an organization that needs to invent beings who are too good to be true. Real people, with real stories and faith in reason, are more than enough.

The reaction by news organizations to her coming out is proof of that. She made headlines at many levels. Her local news station treated it like a scandal. National reports were objective for the most part, yet they presented her as a curiosity more than anything. Here, in her own words, she demonstrates that coming out of the Atheist closet is not the end of the world. It’s the end of just one of many possible worlds. She may not believe in life after death anymore, but she’s a firm believer in life after faith. [Read more...]

Campus Preacher Argues In Lawsuit That He Wasn’t Trying to Convert Anyone

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (a public school) has a policy when it comes to outsiders on their campus. If people want to sell something to students (say, a credit card or test-prep course), they have to pay a $50 fee and remain within a certain area.

Mark Gavin, a preacher who proselytizes on campus, thinks those rules don’t apply to him. He doesn’t think he should have to pay the $50 fee or remain situated in one space. So the Center for Religious Expression filed a lawsuit on his behalf… and their justification for why he shouldn’t have to pay anything gets a little weird: [Read more...]

An Internet Troll Explains Why He Loves Going After Atheists

Like a lot of other public atheists, I’m used to getting random emails, comments, and tweets from people wanting to challenge me on my atheism. I only respond to a small fraction of them — the people who I think are genuine, who probably wrote the message themselves (instead of copy/pasting it from some Christian website), and who seem to really want an answer.

Everybody else? I ignore them or delete their emails.

Brian Limond is one of those people I wouldn’t respond to in the first place. He just wrote a piece for The Guardian about how he’s an Internet Troll and proud of it. He’s one of those people who gets off on making otherwise decent people frustrated. He has nothing to contribute himself so he just tries to disrupt everyone else.

And atheists are among his favorite targets: [Read more...]

BREAKING: Kyrsten Sinema Is Not an Atheist

Back in the summer, I put up a post about how Kyrsten Sinema was poised to win her Democratic primary in the race for Congress. At the time, I described her as a bisexual nontheist because, well, that’s what I had heard. [Read more...]

Humanist Community at Stanford Launches

As of today, the Humanist Community at Stanford is up and running with Chaplain John Figdor at its helm:

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