No More Atheist Bus Ads in Barcelona

Earlier this year, atheist bus ads went up in Barcelona, Spain, thanks to the country’s Union of Atheists and Freethinkers. It’s a good thing they got the ads in then. Because they won’t be able to do it anymore. Promedios, the company in charge of the advertising, has decided to ban all ads causing “social [Read More...]

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...]