Crash the Poll: Do You Support Obama’s Opening Prayers?

U.S. News & World Report is running this poll on their site (in the sidebar): President Obama is opening many of his public events with prayers from local community leaders. Do you support this new White House tradition? So far, the results don’t look right…: Can we fix this? [Read more...]

Another Way To Stage a Counter-Protest Against Westboro Baptist Church

When Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church come to your town to protest outside a funeral or near some site of tragedy, there are many ways to counter-protest. At the University of Chicago last month, some students had clever signs: They also staged a fundraiser while they were at it. But I’m thinking this [Read More...]

Don’t Be That Open-Minded

To paraphrase the old saying: It’s good to be open-minded, but don’t be so open-minded that your brain falls out. QualiaSoup explains this well: (via Atheist Media Blog) [Read more...]

Are You Qualified to Teach Abstinence-Only Sex-Education?

This is troubling. On a couple levels. Stacie Murphy, a policy associate at Population Connection, decided to take an online test to become a “Certified Abstinence Educator.” I have no medical background, no public health training and no teaching certification, but according to the Abstinence Clearinghouse I am now qualified to go into schools across [Read More...]

Powell’s Books’ Atheism Section

This is pretty cool. Powell’s Books, an independent bookstore much smaller than any Barnes & Noble or Borders, has quite the impressive section on atheism — at least at this store in Portland: There are books there I’ve never even heard of… A Second Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism on the bottom shelf?! Who knew [Read More...]