In New Book, the President of American Atheists Says We Must Break Religious Rules

In 2013, American Atheists President David Silverman announced that he would be writing a book called I, Atheist. But a few months later, that book was off the table. What happened? Silverman explained in a now-deleted Facebook post that there had been a disagreement with his publisher: “We parted ways amicable over a smiley face, labeled ‘Muhammad of Islam’, which I refused to remove.”

Now, a different version of that book is finally seeing the light of day. (And the smiley face is in it.)

It’s called Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015). And if you thought Richard Dawkins was “aggressive” in The God Delusion, just wait till you read this. Unlike Dawkins, who wanted readers to shed their faith, Silverman wants those of us who are already atheists to be much more vocal about it.

In the excerpt below, Silverman discusses the idea of “Islamophobia” and why we must push back against the faith-based rules others demand we follow. (I have removed footnotes for ease of reading.)

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Donald Trump Met with Pastor Who Believes Starbucks Lattes Contain the “Semen of Sodomites”

Yesterday, Donald Trump held a highly-publicized/total-flameout meeting with several black ministers in an effort to show how much their community supports him.

In a revelation that will surprise absolutely none of you, one of those pastors was James David Manning, better known as the guy who thinks Starbucks’ lattes contain the “semen of sodomites.” Manning also uses anti-gay slurs when referring to people in the LGBT community. Because that’s what Christ would do.



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Judge Says World War I Memorial in the Shape of a Giant Cross Does Not Promote Christianity

If you visit Bladensburg, Maryland, you’ll see a 40-foot-tall World War I memorial called “Peace Cross.” Not only is it clearly a Christian symbol, it’s on public property, maintained by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

In 2012, the American Humanist Association asked the Commission to take down the monument. It was perfectly fine to honor veterans, but not with a symbol that elevates one religion over all others and implies that only Christian soldiers fought in the war.

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Alabama Legislator: Don’t Buy Goods from Non-Christian Store Owners Because It’ll Fund Terrorism

Alabama State Rep. Alan Harper made a sensible plea to his constituents on Monday, telling them to buy “American” when they go shopping or get gas this holiday season. He wouldn’t be the only politician saying something like that, but he may be the only one who followed it up with a helpful hint for where people shouldn’t spend their money:



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Joshua Feuerstein Tries and Fails to Rationalize His Video Calling for Attacks on Planned Parenthood

The other day, I posted a video clip in which Christian evangelist
Joshua Feuerstein told his followers to go after doctors who provide abortion services.

This wasn’t metaphorical, either. He said very clearly in the clip: “I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life.”



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