After Putting His Initials on a Lawsuit Against a Preaching Teacher, a Young Atheist Outs Himself and Explains Why

Last week, we learned about a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association against Fayette High School’s district in Missouri.

The problem was pretty clear: Gwen Pope, a math teacher at the school, led Christian devotional prayers in her classroom every Friday morning, prayers that were announced over the loudspeaker.

In addition to all that, Pope’s husband Michael would attend the meetings and Pope was quoted as telling her math students that “God will punish them if they are not good.”

The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff was a student at the school, G.H.:

Now, that student — a junior this year — has outed himself. His name is Gavin Hunt and he explains in Humanist Network News why he decided to step into the spotlight:

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Seven Years Later, Ted Haggard and His Old Church Are Fine, but What About the Man Who Exposed Haggard’s Hypocrisy?

In a cover story for December’s Christianity Today, Patton Dodd explores how New Life Church in Colorado Springs is doing several years after founding pastor Ted Haggard had a dramatic fall from power:

Over the first weekend of November 2006, New Life’s meteoric rise came to a crashing halt. Haggard resigned from his church and the [National Association of Evangelicals] in the wake of accusations of drug use and a sexual relationship with a man in Denver.

New Life was left with $26 million in debt, dwindling resources, and uncertainty at every turn. More accusers came forward. In the coming months, reports of Haggard’s recovery and restoration popped up, usually putting both church and former pastor in a bad light…

The Haggard revelations were like catnip for so many of us since he was arguably the most influential evangelical leader of the time and a key voice for the anti-gay-rights movement.

Dodd writes that, while the church is bouncing back, it’s still trying to reclaim its identity:

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Comedian Pete Holmes to Pastor Rob Bell: ‘Do You Think Jesus Ever Surfed or Was Definitely a Real Person?’

Comedian Pete Holmes interviewed hipster Christian author Rob Bell — while surfing — for his new late-night show. The clip is mostly lackluster, but it’s not often you hear someone ask a Christian pastor to do shrooms with him or try to recreate the gag-inducing “Footprints” poem.

The highlight, though, is when Holmes asks Bell at the 0:47 mark: “Do you think Jesus ever surfed or was definitely a real person?”

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Foundation Beyond Belief Seeks Spring Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for a few interns for the spring:

Experience in the nonprofit sector is not a requirement but is certainly a plus, as are experience working with local groups, research skills, and writing experience. Foundation Beyond Belief is happy to work with students who are participating in internship credit programs through their school.

Although interns often have tasks that overlap several areas of Foundation operations, each intern is primarily focused on one specific program area. Candidates should apply to only one internship position, but may indicate interest in other roles.

It’s a great organization and our volunteers do a wonderful job. More information is right here. The deadline is Sunday night, so apply soon!

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Massachusetts Governor Issues Proclamation Declaring This Sunday ‘Humanist Community Day’

In conjunction with this weekend’s opening of the Humanist Hub, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday to be Humanist Community Day: Whereas December 8, 2013 marks the first-ever public event at the Humanist Hub, a center supporting community life for Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious in Cambridge and beyond; and [Read More...]


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