High School Student in Maine Remained Seated During the Pledge… and Got Sent to the Principal’s Office

Remember those three young ladies at South Portland High School in Maine who caused all sorts of chaos by reminding students during morning announcements that saying the Pledge of Allegiance was optional?

Apparently, they inspired a junior at Belfast Area High School (also in Maine) to remain seated during the Pledge… and he got sent to the principal’s office as a result.

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What Would a Secular God Look Like? An Atheist Searches for a Realistic Higher Power in This New Book

Is there any way atheists could believe in a god?

Not the one in the Bible, of course. Not one that answers prayers or created the universe. But what about one that gives us comfort and empowers us?

That’s the premise behind Nancy Abrams‘ new book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet (Beacon Press, 2015).

When Abrams, a philosopher of science and “lifelong atheist,” dealt with a personal struggle, she saw several others in her recovery group (one similar to Alcoholics Anonymous) improve because the steps they took involved giving themselves over to God, something that she couldn’t do as an atheist. She even asks: “… why should survival benefits go preferentially to those who don’t face reality?” That led her on a search for a secular version of that Higher Power.

In the excerpt below, Abrams talks about what that secular “Higher Power” could look like:

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What If I’m an Atheist? is a Teen’s Guide to Life Without Religion

There aren’t a lot of books about atheism out there directed specifically toward a young adult audience, but David Seidman has created a guide to godlessness just for them. It’s called What If I’m an Atheist?: A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2015) and it incorporates many of the stories you’ve seen online and dozens of interviews the author conducted with young atheists (some of whom read this site). Having written about a similar subject myself, I can tell you Seidman’s book is excellent, personal, and an incredibly useful resource. I hope libraries everywhere stock this one, because I have no doubt a lot of people will check it out.

In the excerpt below, Seidman talks about how becoming an atheist will change your life:

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This Kind of Vandalism on a German Pastafarian Sign is Just Annoying…

A few months ago, I posted about how a group of German Pastafarians were able to get the city of Templin to put up signs alerting people to their meetings:

Since that time, someone has been messing with the Pastafarians. It’s not full-on “vandalism,” per se, but someone has repeatedly (four times now) put what appears to be red “caution” tape over the symbol:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 45: Trevor McKendrick, Atheist Who Created Popular Spanish-Language Bible App

Our latest podcast guest is Trevor McKendrick, an atheist who created a very popular (and lucrative) Spanish-language Bible app.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to Alex Blumberg’s popular podcast StartUp which is all about his journey beginning his own podcasting company.

In one episode, he aired a conversation with Trevor, in which they talked about whether you can sell a product you don’t really believe in.

We spoke with Trevor about the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the story, how it publicized his atheism more than he expected (especially as an ex-Mormon), and what Bible-buying trends look like online.

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