Secular Student Alliance Urges Catholic Universities to Say Yes to Atheist Groups on Campus

The other day, the online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society posted about how Catholic universities should say no to atheist groups on campus.

I was frustrated by the piece because those groups do a lot for students at those schools. Among other things, they provide a safe space to question faith and encourage open discussion on religious matters. Cutting off atheist groups would probably do more to push people away from the faith than keeping them there.

Today, the Secular Student Alliance issued a press release (via email) urging Catholic schools to allow atheist groups to form:

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Anti-Gay, Affair-Having Christian Lawmaker Says His Actions Are Just a “Showcase” for God’s Powers

You all know Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser by now because he’s the anti-gay rights legislators who thinks “traditional marriage” means having an affair with also-married colleague Rep. Cindy Gamrat and then distributing a fake email alleging that he fucked a male prostitute in order to throw people off the real story.

It’s what Jesus would have wanted.



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So That’s Why the Pastor Tried on Atheism for a Year…

Remember Ryan Bell, the former pastor who decided to “try on” atheism for a year, only to announce afterwards that he no longer believed in God?

I guess he was just infiltrating our world on Mr. Deity‘s behalf in order to expose our secrets:



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John Oliver’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” Church Exposes Faith-Based Fraud

I know it’s a cliché at this point to say John Oliver and his staff at Last Week Tonight are amazing, but screw it: What they did last night was incredible.

In a twenty-minute segment, Oliver exposed the ridiculous IRS rules that allow tax-exempt churches to form all too easily, the televangelists who use that opportunity to take advantage of gullible followers, and the fact that you can count on less than one hand how often the IRS has audited churches over the past couple of years.

If nothing else, watch the bit involving the (very real) seven-month correspondence with Christian huckster Robert Tilton around the 10:30 mark. That gives you an idea of how long this segment has been incubating:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 68: Neil Carter, Writer at Godless in Dixie

Our latest podcast guest is Neil Carter, a blogger at Godless in Dixie, where he writes about being an atheist in the Deep South. He’s a teacher, a personal trainer, and a father.

I spoke with Neil about what it’s like being non-religious in Mississippi, the “evandelism” that followed his coming out, and the importance of having someone to talk to when you have religious doubts.

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