The Illinois Science Council is sponsoring a Pi Day Pi K run — and I can’t resist posting about a run that’s not 3.1 miles like your typical 5K, but 3.14 miles instead!
After a Republican gay rights group had problems getting into CPAC, I was stunned that American Atheists managed to get a booth at the uber-conservative conference so easily… and it appears that CPAC finally realized what they had done.
Less than a day after AA made the announcement, CPAC has booted them from the conference. Why? Check out this reaction from Christian Right leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:
“CPAC’s mission is to be an umbrella for conservative organizations that advance liberty, traditional values and our national defense,” said Perkins, who spokes at CPAC in 2012. “Does the American Conservative Union really think the liberties and values they seek to preserve can be maintained when they partner with individuals and organizations that are undermining the understanding that our liberties come from God? Thomas Jefferson warned against such nonsense.”
The social conservative leader added: “If this is where the ACU is headed, they will have to pack up and put away the ‘C’ in CPAC!”
What Perkins wants, Perkins gets. So CPAC is now telling American Atheists they will not be allowed to attend:
Dan Merica of CNN has the updates on Twitter:
Breaking: Organizers plan to pull @AmericanAtheist booth from CPAC. Said group left them "with no choice but to return his money."
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 25, 2014
We often hear about how religious believers and their ideas and inventions shaped modern history, but less examined is how atheists — with their persistent questioning and challenging of orthodoxy — influenced the world in which we live.
Mitchell Stephens has written a new book exploring precisely that aspect of religion. (Call it the “Old Atheism,” if you will.) His book is Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
In the excerpt below, Stephens looks at unbelief in places where the written word wasn’t a part of society:
Over the past week, nearly all of the NFL’s top prospects have been in Indiana for the league’s Scouting Combine. It’s a chance for coaches, executives, and other decision-makers to check out what players have to offer in terms of speed and ability before the official NFL draft this coming May.
But Adam Muema, a running back from San Diego State University, didn’t stick around for the Combine. He arrived, but then left on Sunday (without working out) for an intriguing reason:
He said he was “following God,” who told him if he missed workouts, he’d play for the Seattle Seahawks.
Playing for Seattle is his “dream,” Muema said. NFL teams are aware of the decision.
“Can’t go wrong with God,” Muema said.
“(God) told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” he said.
Funny how God didn’t tell him to break any records while his future bosses were watching…
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, was created for a religious education class. The teacher sent me a bunch of questions posed by his students (who were approximately ten years old) and I attempted to answer all of them:
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!