American Atheists Won’t Be at CPAC This Weekend

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how American Atheists was booted from the CPAC conference taking place this weekend:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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God Just Needs to Open Up His Mind a Little More…

Zach Weinersmith sets us up for a very interesting philosophical question

You’ll have to go to his site for the rest of it!

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How a Local Humanist Group Emerged in a Very Conservative Area

Rachael Berman shares a fascinating story about how an Idaho community with virtually no (public) Humanists became a community with an active group consisting of 120 members (and counting):

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British Government Allows Religious Schools to Censor Questions About Evolution on Standardized Tests

Last fall, the Yesodey Hatorah Jewish Voluntary Aided girls’ secondary school in England — an ultra-orthodox school that encourages young women to become mothers instead of attending college — gave students an unusual GCSE science examination: While the questions weren’t altered, some of them were redacted

That put the girls at a disadvantage since they couldn’t read, and therefore couldn’t answer, those questions.

What was it about those questions that made school officials black them out? At the time, it wasn’t clear, but there were clues:

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The Birth Control Case That Infuriated the Religious Right

After more than 25 years working at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rob Boston knows a thing or two about the Religious Right, their motivations and tactics, and what the future appears to have in store for them. His latest book gets to the heart of the religious freedom we’re guaranteed in the Constitution and how conservatives have tried to eliminate them in a variety of areas. It’s called Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do (Prometheus Books, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Boston discusses a historic Supreme Court case involving birth control:

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