CNN Covers Godless Congregation in Massachusetts

They’re popping up everywhere. Dan Merica at CNN covers Greg Epstein‘s congregation, part of the Humanist Community at Harvard University (HCH):

A longtime advocate for community building, Epstein and his group of atheists have begun to build their Cambridge community and solemnize its Sunday meetings to resemble a traditional religious service.

To Epstein, religion is not all bad, and there is no reason to reject its helpful aspects.

“My point to my fellow atheists is, why do we need to paint things with such a broad brush? We can learn from the positive while learning how to get rid of the negative,” he said.

For Epstein, who started community-building at Harvard nearly 10 years ago, the idea of a godless congregation is not an oxymoron.

“We decided recently that we want to use the word congregation more and more often because that is a word that strongly evokes a certain kind of community — a really close knit, strong community that can make strong change happen in the world,” he said.

“It doesn’t require and it doesn’t even imply a specific set of beliefs about anything.”

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FFRF Plans to Run ‘Celebrate Our Godless Constitution’ Ad on July 4th

Every Independence Day since 2008, the Christian chain Hobby Lobby has run newspaper ads celebrating the “Christianity” of our Founding Fathers and how they supposedly wanted this to be a “Christian Nation.”

This year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking a page from their book and running a counter-ad-campaign celebrating our “godless Constitution” and how our Founding Fathers actually supported separation of church and state. The ad also says “In Reason We Trust”:

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The (Abstinence) Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates

Earlier this year, I posted a live clip of the hilarious duo Garfunkel and Oates singing about a loophole to abstinence that Jesus would undoubtedly approve of…

Well, the official video is out today (needless to say, the lyrics and video are NSFW):

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Joe Klein Offers a Pathetic Rebuttal in Response to Criticism of His Attack on Atheists in TIME Cover Story

A couple of days ago, I posted about the cover story in this week’s TIME magazine, written by Joe Klein:

… there was an occupying army of relief workers, led by local first responders, exhausted but still humping it a week after the storm, church groups from all over the country — funny how you don’t see organized groups of secular humanists giving out hot meals — and there in the middle of it all, with a purposeful military swagger, were the volunteers from Team Rubicon.

I argued that that statement was not just a lie; it perpetuated a nasty stereotype often leveled against atheists: that we’re immoral people, incapable of doing good things for other people.

After I posted about the article, a *lot* of you wrote letters to TIME magazine and sent tweets to the magazine and Klein. No word yet on whether TIME will issue an apology or retraction, but today, Klein issued a statement of his own.

In short, he tries to get off on a technicality… and still gets it wrong:

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Noah’s Arks Around the World

Christianity Today has a nice graphic about the various Noah’s Ark exhibits around the world — at least the attempted exhibits — and whether they’re funded or not. Here’s just a part of it (PDF):

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