Pastor Running an Online Church for the Deaf Comes Out as an Atheist

For a few years now, Pastor Justin Vollmar has been releasing YouTube videos in which he explains biblical concepts and answers theological questions — all in sign language — as part of his “Virtual Deaf Church.”

But his latest video came as a shock because of the secret he revealed: He’s now an atheist.



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How Should Atheists Eulogize Religious Family Members?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: How should atheists eulogize religious family members?:

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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The Man Behind the Viral #CreationDebate Cartoon

During Tuesday night’s debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, the most popular image of the night — at least on Twitter and Reddit, where the debate was a major topic of discussion — may have been this cartoon:

I thought it perfectly encapsulated what many of us saw as the major theme of the debate: Bill Nye talking about the heaps of evidence supporting evolution and Ken Ham making constant references to what the Bible said.

The cartoonist behind that image is James MacLeod, a political cartoonist for the Evansville Courier and Press (in Indiana) since 2010. MacLeod told me he has drawn some popular cartoons, especially during election seasons, but that this image was probably his biggest hit to date.

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Nashville’s ‘Atheist Church’ Brings in ‘Super Size Me’ Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to Lead Services

The Sunday Assembly (a.k.a. “atheist church”) in Nashville, Tennessee will have a special guest leading their upcoming services: Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind the movie “Super Size Me.” Spurlock and Assembly co-founder Sanderson Jones recently spoke with The Tennessean:



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Finally, a New Kind of Debate About ‘Under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance

In Utah, just as we saw in New York, state legislators are introducing a resolution to recognize the 60th anniversary of “under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

But Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 didn’t come without a discussion about a lesser-known controversy involving the phrase:

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, rose to support the legislation but only after another senator, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, observed that Valentine’s cadence of reciting the pledge each day in the Senate was different from the other lawmakers.

Weiler said he has found that Valentine does not pause when stating “under God” in the pledge like many traditionally do. He said he felt that all members in the Senate should follow Valentine’s lead.

“There is no comma,” Valentine said. “We are one nation under God. We are not multiple nations, not multiple parts, but one nation under God.”



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