Could the Atheist Church Be Coming to the United States?

Sanderson Jones, one of the founders of the Sunday Assembly (a.k.a. Atheist Church) in London, is going to visit the U.S. this summer with the hopes of starting a few assemblies over here:

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In Response to Rep. Juan Mendez’s Godless Invocation in Arizona, His Colleague Delivered a Second Christian Prayer Today

Yesterday, Rep. Juan Mendez of Arizona gave a really beautiful godless invocation in the state House of Representatives.

Today, Republican Rep. Steve Smith — unable to deal with an invocation that looked inward to what we can do instead of outward to what an imaginary God could do — lashed out against Mendez:

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Ireland is Seeing a Rise in Godless Funerals

We talk a lot about humanist/secular celebrants who can officiate weddings, but not nearly as much about atheists who can preside over funerals. In Ireland, where atheism is on the rise and Catholicism is not, “civil funerals” (as opposed to religious ones) are becoming more commonplace. Paresh Dave of Religion News Service has the story:

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Remember When Penn Jillette Was the One Dishing Out Backhanded Compliments to Christians?

Hemant pointed out earlier today why it’s a backhanded compliment to profess delight at finding that an atheist is ethical. It happened to Penn Jillette, on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, and I certainly agree that it’s annoying — whether the insult was intended or not.

But it goes both ways. Did you ever see this video of Penn, in which he recounts his meeting with a Christian fan who gave him a Bible?

Penn seems to confirm his own original biases by repeated statements such as these, made in apparent awe and wonder:

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This May Be the Least Useful Oklahoma Fundraiser

The people in Moore, Oklahoma need a lot of things right now: Food, water, shelter, their families…

So this fundraiser is just mind-boggling:

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