For National Politicians, Atheists Are Still Too Toxic To Speak To or Hang Out With

If the non-religious are the largest “religious” demographic in the country, why are so few politicians trying to win our votes?

The Reason Rally will take place in June of 2016 in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of The Reason Rally

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Times Editorial Board Calls Exclusive Pool Hours For Women “Capitulation to a Theocratic View”

A day after a Friendly Atheist post about faith-based, gender-segregated public-pool hours drew an unusually high number of comments, the New York Times weighed in with a muscular editorial condemning the practice (not that I’m claiming a causal effect).


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Ken Starr, After Demotion, Abandons Reins at Baylor U. in the Wake of Campus Rape Scandal

A week ago we learned of rumors that Ken Starr, then the president of Baylor University, the biggest Baptist school in the world, was going to lose his job over campus rapes that he had looked into with little enthusiasm, in an effort to protect Baylor’s popular football program. Two days later, Baylor’s board of regents announced that Starr would merely be demoted, from president to chancellor.

Now it’s time for act three. The embattled Starr will be leaving Baylor’s executive offices altogether, he told ESPN.


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Turkish President Erdoğan Has Filed Almost 2,000 Personal Defamation Cases in 21 Months

Everybody needs a hobby. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s passion appears to be harassing critics with a mountain of defamation lawsuits that I reckon is unprecedented in the history of the world.


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Bible-Loving Dad Is Accused of Shackling Teen Daughter in Basement, With a Bucket For a Toilet

Today’s story of God’s love and forgiveness comes to you via the Toledo Blade:

“A 13-year-old girl [was] rescued from a North Toledo home where she said she was kept shackled in a basement for as long as a year.”


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