After Being Denied “8THEIST” License Plate, New Jersey Woman is Suing State’s Motor Vehicle Commission

New Jersey does not have a good track record when it comes to handling vanity license plates requests from atheists.

In August, American Atheists’ President David Silverman requested a plate reading “ATHE1ST” (with a 1) only to have it rejected for being “offensive.” He appealed that decision and the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission quickly reversed course. (Or, as they called it, fixed a “clerical error.”)

In November, New Jersey resident Shannon Morgan, unaware of what Silverman had been through, attempted to get her own vanity plate reading “8theist.” Again, it was rejected on grounds of being “objectionable.”

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American Atheists Will Hold Regional Conference in Puerto Rico

We talk a lot about the need for more diversity in the movement and here’s a good way to make it happen: Go to the people you want to reach out to instead of waiting for them to come to you.

American Atheists just announced (via email) that they will hold a conference in Puerto Rico in August of 2015:

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Fox News Analyst Repeatedly Sides with Atheist During Church/State Separation Discussion

Last night, when Sean Hannity‘s guest host Eric Bolling wanted to talk about Clemson University’s preaching football coach and crosses on an Ohio municipal building, maybe he thought he’d have an ally in Fox News analyst and evangelical Christian Kirsten Powers. They would gang up on American Atheists’ Nick Fish, right?

That’s not at all what happened.

Powers repeatedly sided with Fish, maintaining the idea that there needed to be a separation between church and state.

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A Center for Atheism Opens Up in Turkey: “No Atheists Will Be Alone Anymore”

Good Friday, indeed. Tolga İnci and Ahmet Balyemez have opened the first physical building dedicated to atheism in Turkey:

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Generation Atheist is Free on Amazon Through Easter Sunday

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.

For the rest of the week (through Easter Sunday), the book is free on Kindle! I urge you to get your copy now if you haven’t already!

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