Catholic Official Sentenced to Prison for Covering Up Child Abuse by Church Leaders

Monsignor William J. Lynn — a Catholic official who covered up sexual abuse in the Church, “shielded predatory priests, sometimes transferring them to unwary new parishes.” and lied to the public about it — was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison today. It’s not enough to make up for the damage he’s caused — hell, [Read More…]

There’s No Angel In This Picture of the Aurora Victims’ Vigil

Quick: What do you see in this picture of the sky above the site for the Aurora tragedy victims’ vigil? If you said “Clouds,” you would be correct. If you said “An angel,” then, um, you would be Crystal Fuller: Crystal Fuller took the photo after the vigil was finished Sunday night, but said she [Read More…]

Instead of Thanking God, Let’s Hear it for the Doctors

This is a guest post by Ryne P. Smith. Ryne lives in Chicago and is currently working on his undergrad in biology. He previous wrote for this site here. … In the wake of the Aurora theater shooting, we have heard a good deal about the 12 people who were killed. We have also heard [Read More…]

Can Atheists Become a Political Force in Tennessee?

Bob Smietana‘s article in today’s edition of The Tennessean tackles two big issues for atheism-at-large: Is Secular Humanism a religion? And can atheists achieve any type of political power? (My answers: No… and not anytime soon, but we have to try.) The article comes a week after the Secular Coalition for America held a conference [Read More…]

Camp Quest Awesomeness

Last night I had the great pleasure of donating my dinosaur presentation to Camp Quest West, Southern California, in the beautiful Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood, CA. I was so impressed by the 57 kids attending. They are bright, upbeat, eager, curious, and earnest. This was just the first evening, and I could already see [Read More…]