Remembering When Satanic Verses Hit the Shelves

Andy Ross used to run a place called Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California. About twenty years ago, the store was firebombed after it carried and displayed copies of Salman Rushdie‘s Satanic Verses — a book that was deemed so offensive to Muslims that the Ayatollah issued a fatwa on Rushdie, calling for his death. Ross [Read More...]

What is Skeptical Love?

by Jesse Galef – What is love?  People often say that they “believe” in love, or swear that there’s more to it than a set of feelings. I was involved in a Q&A a couple years ago in which an audience member asked me whether I had ever been in love. As I was telling [Read More...]

Can We Get an Atheist on the Supreme Court?

The current Supreme Court consists of: 6 Catholics 2 Jews 1 Protestant And if Justice John Paul Stevens retires next year — he probably will — the sole Protestant would be gone. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate asks why it’s uncouth to talk about the religious makeup of the Supreme Court: … We talk about the [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Little Nephew is Being Brainwashed As a Christian

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Richard, Let me start by saying I have truly enjoyed your column. You give a lot of good advice I find myself agreeing with, and you provide a lot of food for [Read More...]

Atheist Bus Campaign in… New Zealand?

The New Zealand Atheist Bus Campaign wanted to raise $10,000 to put the classic ads on NZ buses — they surpassed that goal in 48 hours. Looks like these will soon be seen in the Land of the Kiwi: The campaign was launched here yesterday. New Zealand Atheist Bus Campaign spokesman Simon Fisher said it [Read More...]