Christian Minister Who Claimed Atheists Didn’t Help Victims of Oklahoma Tornado Apologizes… Kind Of

A few days ago, I posted about Minister David Brassfield of the Newalla Church of Christ in Oklahoma. Brassfield had given members of his church a handout proclaiming that no atheists were helping victims of the recent tornado… even though we know several atheist groups and individuals have done just that, with their money and their time.

Well, according to Kai Tancredi at Red Dirt Report, Brassfield is about to do what no one expected. Confronted with evidence of just how wrong he was, he’s issuing an apology to his church members this weekend… kind of:

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Indian Atheists Celebrate ‘Hug An Atheist Day’

Nirmukta, an organization promoting freethought in India, is celebratingHug an Atheist Day” today with all of the other atheist groups in the country:

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I Love the Changes to Reddit Atheism

If you visited Reddit Atheism in the past year or two, you undoubtedly came across a lot of memes like this:

But new changes to the site have virtually removed those items in favor of articles and discussions with more substance to them.

It’s a welcome change.

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Calling All Atheist Medical School Students

I’m working on a project and I’d like to bounce some ideas off of medical school students who are currently in (or finishing) their M1 year or anyone starting med school in the fall.

I guarantee anonymity. I won’t spam you or give your emails to anyone else. This is purely for me, so I can ask you all some questions.

If you wouldn’t mind being my sounding board, just send me an email with your name, year in med school, and where you go (or will go).

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Pennsylvania Could Finally Repeal Mandatory Bible-Reading Law… 50 Years After the Supreme Court Declared it Unconstitutional

June 17th will mark the 50th anniversary of Abington School District v. Schempp, the Supreme Court case that finally ended mandatory Bible readings in public schools.

Abington Senior High School, where a young Ellery Schempp took a stand against reading the Bible, is in Pennsylvania, which is why it might strike you as a little strange that the Public School Code of 1949 — the document explaining how the state’s public schools must operate and which gets amended when needed — still includes Section 1516, laying out how “at least ten verses from the Holy Bible shall be read, without comment, at the opening of each public school on each school day”:

Yes, it’s completely unenforceable. Yes, the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. But it’s still in the books.

But if Rep. Mark Cohen gets his way, Section 1516 will soon be eliminated.

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