Pushing Religious Indoctrination Into Public Schools

Katherine Stewart, author of the frightening and important book The Good News Club, recently did a couple of interviews with folks from the Richard Dawkins Foundation. The first, with Elisabeth Cornwell, talks about what Stewart discovered about the group’s parent organization, the Child Evangelism Fellowship: The second, a shorter video with Sean Faircloth, explores more [Read More…]

Fundamentalist Christian Textbook Uses Nessie To Disprove Evolution

Just when you think you’ve heard it all. I want everyone reading this to take a moment to compose yourself.  This is going to be an extremely serious discussion topic.  Because the Fundamentalists have seized the Loch Ness Monster. We’re all familiar with this photo of Nessie, right? Here she is in all of her [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Coming Out As Gay and Atheist to His Lebanese Family

Note: Letter writers’ names and some details might be changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, You may not have gotten a letter from someone quite in my situation. I’m a 39-year-old, ex-Catholic (now atheist), gay Lebanese man living in the West. I have resolved to come out either as gay and/or atheist to my [Read More…]

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Mt. Soledad Cross Case

Finally, some welcome news from the Supreme Court: The Mount Soledad cross in San Diego — a huge cross on public land — is still unconstitutional. The controversy has been going on since 1989 and it’s finally over now that the Court declined to hear a challenge to its unconstitutionality: It’s been a long wait [Read More…]

Were Non-Religious Australians Under-Reported in the 2012 Census? The Raw Data Suggests They Were

Last week, I mentioned that the results of the 2011 Australian census had come out and the percentage of people marking “No religion” had shot up to 22.3% of the population, making them the second largest demographic group. Sounded pretty awesome. But there may be good reason to doubt those numbers. In fact, non-religious Australians [Read More…]