Atheist Donates Millions to New York Catholic Schools

Atheist Robert W. Wilson made hundreds of millions of dollars in hedge funds. And he recently gave $5,600,000 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. “Most of what the Catholic schools teach are the three Rs,” said Wilson, 83, in a phone interview, referring to reading, writing and arithmetic. “And they do it better [Read More...]

American Christianity In Critical Condition

William Lobdell, the author of Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace, uses Anne Rice‘s recent defection from “Christianity” (at least in name) as a starting point to discuss how American Christianity is in big trouble. Pollsters — most notably evangelical George Barna — [Read More...]

The AFTAH Anti-Gay-Rights Academy: From the Perspective of Two Who Attended, Day 1 of 3

Two months ago, I posted that Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was holding a “Truth Academy” in order to train the next generation of anti-gay-rights activists. Attendees needed to pay a registration fee and get a “recommendation” from a pastor. I wrote that I would gladly pay the fee for anyone who wanted to go. [Read More...]

Judge OKs City Council Prayers

U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa has ruled that the Greece (New York) City Council can open its meetings with prayer: The judge signed an order Thursday tossing out a lawsuit filed by two residents of the town of Greece who had complained that prayers held at the start of town council meetings favored Christians and [Read More...]

JT Eberhard Presents The History of Skepticon

Of all the wonderful talks at the recent Secular Student Alliance conference, arguably the funniest (and certainly one of the most inspiring) came from JT Eberhard, Captain of the Missouri State University Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Watch it. Laugh. Go take action. Invite JT to speak to your group. Language is possibly NSFW. [Read More...]