In the Wake of the Boston Bombings, a Petition to Remind Political Leaders That Healing is for Everyone

Atheists were excluded from last week’s “interfaith” service for the victims of the Boston bombing, as if we had no one to mourn or no stake in the matter, and despite the fact that Boston is home to a large non-religious population.

It’s likely that decision was made without ill intent but it’s not because we didn’t make an effort to be included. Governor Deval Patrick and Melissa Rogers (Director of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships) need to know that we’re not taking this snub lightly.

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That Religion Doesn’t Make Sense (A Song for Children)

The little girl is wise beyond her years… and the ending cracked me up :)

There’s a worry that some atheist parents won’t teach their children about religious beliefs at all, but this video offers a different approach: Just teach your children all the beliefs! Who needs fairy tales when there are so many holy books just lying around?

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Humanist Living Made Simpler

Jen Hancock, the author of the Handy Humanism Handbook, is working on a project called “Humanist Learning Systems” in which she will teach a number of online courses about applied Humanism, so to speak. The first course is “Living Made Simpler” and it begins May 1st.

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A Project to Help Homeschooling Humanists

Guess what?

(Are you sitting for this?)

Not all parents who homeschool their children are Christian.

(I’ll give you a minute to digest that.)

It’s true! There are a lot of atheist parents who homeschool their children (for any number of reasons) but there’s a major problem with that: A lot of the material made for homeschooled kids is written from a Young Earth Creationist, the-Bible-must-be-true perspective, such as books from A Beka or BJU Press.

KellyAnne Kitchin and Jenn Gauthier have both dealt with that situation in their own lives and they want to make things easier for other parents like them. It’s true that secular textbook writers are out there, but their books can be expensive and, to quote KellyAnne, “used copies often command a much higher price” than used Christian textbooks.

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Challenge to Christians: Wear an Atheist T-Shirt and Gauge Reactions

The Atheist Advocate proposes a challenge to Christians:

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