Prayuth Chan-ocha (below), the Thai army officer who led a military coup against the government earlier this year, handpicked his legislature, and was (surprise!) unanimously chosen by them to be the country’s new Prime Minister last month, isn’t exactly a great role model.
You Have to Hear This Atheist’s Off-the-Cuff Speech Urging Missouri Officials to Reject “In God We Trust” Signs
A few weeks ago, I posted about how the members of the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri were thinking about putting up “In God We Trust” displays on all city-owned buildings. The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to make that happen.
During the “Citizen Comments” portion of the Board’s meeting last night, atheist Nikki Moungo felt compelled to speak. She didn’t have much prepared — just a few notes — but her off-the-cuff, impassioned plea for the aldermen to reconsider the idea was absolutely incredible to watch. The transcript is below. (You may need to turn up the volume on the video. I promise you it’s worth it.)
Moungo outed herself as an atheist to the crowd before explaining why she was fighting this battle on behalf of her children. And there was even a surprise at the end of her impromptu speech.
The Problem with the Fine-Tuning Argument: An Excerpt from Victor Stenger’s Last Book God and the Multiverse
His final book (as far as we know) is officially released today. It’s called God and the Multiverse: Humanity’s Expanding View of the Cosmos and Stenger, as always, makes difficult concepts accessible to those of us without strong science backgrounds.
Reading a book about how to write sounds downright awful, but if Steven Pinker‘s the author, I’ll finish the whole thing the day it’s released like it’s a magical eighth Harry Potter book. The Sense of Style comes out at the end of the month and Pinker explains the premise in the video below: