A. Philip Randolph, the Organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Was an Atheist

The American Humanist Association has, on its website, a nice remembrance of A. Philip Randolph, the union organizer who was central to organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of today.

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An Arrest is Made in the Assassination of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

Eight days ago, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated by extremists in Pune, India presumably because his debunking of supernatural claims angered a few too many people…

Today, an arrest was finally made in the murder:

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Dave Silverman Will Get His ATHE1ST License Plate After All

Well, that was fast.

Yesterday, American Atheists President Dave Silverman tweeted this:

Terry Firma gave more details on what happened on this site earlier today.

Today, Silverman posted his letter to appeal the decision on AA’s website.

And just moments ago, he tweeted this:

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Blue Ridge Christian Academy, the School That Gave Fourth Graders a Creationism Quiz, Has Closed Down

Remember the infamous fourth grade “science” quiz that was circulating online?

Turns out God isn’t a big fan of their school. While they ended up raising about $15,000, it was a long way from the $200,000 or so that they needed to keep the place open.

This month, Blue Ridge Christian Academy announced that they would be closed for the school year.

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Introducing the Secular Safe Zone

In the past few years, even though surveys have shown that more young people are losing their religion, there are still many young atheists who choose to remain in the closet. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to lose their friends, or they want to hide the secret from their parents, or they’re worried about getting bullied and harassed by other students (it’s happened before).

In any case, it has a chilling effect.

Students are afraid to start secular groups where they can meet other atheists and explore their own (non-)religious identities.

Students stay silent even as they see illegal promotion of Christianity around them because they don’t want to rock the boat and draw any negative attention.

Students stop themselves from thinking too critically about religion out of fear that they may not like where the answers lead them.

Students are unable to help fix the untrue and unfair stereotypes about atheists — that we’re not trustworthy or electable. While things are getting better overall, there are still many pockets of America where it’s neither easy nor safe to publicly proclaim your atheism.

So taking a page from the LGBT playbook, the Secular Student Alliance has launched a project intended to help curb that problem. It’s called the Secular Safe Zone:

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