Why the Faith-Based Initiative Needs to Be Sacrificed

Last month, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison held their second annual Freethought Festival. Videos of the event are now going up and they’re definitely worth your time to watch.

In the following video, American Atheists’ Managing Director Amanda Knief talks about why the Faith-Based Initiative needs to be sacrificed:

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Mental Illness Cannot Be Ignored and Rick Warren Can Help Change That

Over the weekend, Pastor Rick Warren‘s son Matthew committed suicide. In an email to his congregation, Warren explained what few people outside the church might have known:

But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.

My heart sincerely goes out to the family. Differences aside, Matthew’s struggle was one so many people share and we have no idea what life was like for him or his family.

One question that may be asked in the wake of this tragedy is how the Warrens will respond to the tragedy: will they do it privately or publicly? I hope they respond publicly, in a specific way, and I want to explain why.

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Penn & Teller Receive Star on the Walk of Fame

Over the weekend, magicians Penn & Teller were presented with a star on the Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce… because, for some reason unknown to me, they didn’t already have one.

David Copperfield and South Park’s Trey Parker were on hand to present them with the honor:

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A Debate on God’s Existence at Liberty University

Last week, Virginia Tech philosophy grad student Dan Linford went to Liberty University to take part in a debate on God’s existence.

Talk about walking into a lion’s den…

I haven’t had a chance to watch the exchange yet, but the video just got posted:

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A Possible Member of The Clergy Project?

Seen on PostSecret:

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