Teen Atheist in Singapore Convicted on Charges of Obscenity and Wounding Religious Feelings

I’ll hand it to Amos Yee Pang Sang. The teenage YouTuber has some entertaining videos:

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How Chemical Evolution May Help Us Discover the Origins of Life

How might life have started on Earth?

The team at Stated Clearly has an excellent new video explaining chemical evolution, which could help us answer that question:

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Christian Evangelist Promotes New Children’s Book… All About Eternal Damnation

How do you teach children about Hell?

If you’re evangelist C. Matthew McMahon, you just scare the shit out of them by introducing the concept of eternal damnation at the age of 5 with your new children’s book:

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An Outdoor “Advance” for Atheists in the Smokey Mountains This July

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the FFRF-sponsored Lake Hypatia Freethought Advance (because atheists don’t “retreat,” dammit) in Talladega, Alabama. Between the softball game (atheists vs. Agnostics), picnic-like atmosphere, great talks, and moment of bedlam (because we need to stop being silent), it was a fantastic weekend.

So I’m sad to hear that, due to some personal matters, the organizers needed some time off this year — though they will hopefully be back in 2016. But the Rationalists of East Tennessee will be hosting an alternative event in its place with FFRF’s (secular) blessing.

It’ll take place in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Townsend, TN on Fourth of July weekend.

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Swedish Group Wants to Know Why Embassy Rejected Bangladeshi Blogger’s Visa Request Before He Was Killed

We learned early this morning that blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death with machetes as he walked to work:

While there’s a lot we don’t know, one piece of information that has come out since his death is that Das had been invited to Stockholm by the Swedish branch of PEN (the same group that recently gave a Courage award to Charlie Hebdo).

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