50 More Academics Talk About Religion

More than two years ago, Dr. Jonathan Pararajasingham created a short film featuring notable academics talking about religion — and often, why they don’t believe in God. He released the second part months later. (To clear up any confusion, these videos are all compilations from other sources.)

Yesterday, Pararajasingham released the third episode in the series, featuring scientists like Brian Greene, Elizabeth Loftus, Lisa Randall, and Jared Diamond:



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Whatever Happened to John T. Scopes (of Monkey Trial Fame)?

Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education sheds light on what became of teacher John T. Scopes after his infamous trial came to an end:

As for John T. Scopes, he wasn’t fired. Far from it. In fact, the president of the Dayton school board offered to renew his employment after the trial. But Scopes never planned to continue teaching in Dayton indefinitely. His original plan was to teach in Dayton until he had enough money to enable him to study law. In the wake of the trial, he was inundated with offers to capitalize on his fame…

The most eye-opening part for me was this:

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He Moves Like an Angel

No one ever told me until now that this was a real book:

That pose… it looks so… familiar….

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College Atheist Group’s ‘Smut for Smut’ Campaign, Where Bibles Could be Traded in for Porn, Is No More

For years now, I’ve commented on one of the big events held by the Atheist Agenda campus group at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Every year since 2005, members of the group would set up a table on a well-traveled part of campus and offer pornography in exchange for holy books. They called it “Smut for Smut”:



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Two Young Women Are (Still) Suing Their Public School District for Making Students Attend a Christian Assembly

A lot of you sent me a link to this report of a high school student, Magdalene Bedi, who is suing the Rankin County School District in Mississippi because they told students to attend an assembly that turned out to be all about Jesus.

WAPT News in Jackson even claims to have “exclusive video” of the assembly.

While I’m very interested in the case, this isn’t news.

Everything that’s being reported happened back in April and May. The “exclusive video” was publicly available on YouTube in April, and the American Humanist Association posted a copy of the lawsuit online in May:



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