Every year, members of the Alliance of Happy Atheists at the University of Oregon participate in a 12-hour Dance Marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. (Last year, students raised nearly $30,000!) [Read more…]
After Refusing to Write About Minor Pledge of Allegiance Conflict at City Council Meeting, Reporter Gets Fired
This is a story about not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance… and it has little to do with atheism.
Last week, Tom Casey, a reporter for the Hudson (NY) Register-Star, attended a city council meeting and wrote up a report on what happened. Lots of budget stuff. Nothing most of us outside of Hudson (and probably many inside of Hudson) really care about. [Read more…]
Conspiracy theories have always been popular in America to one degree or another. Way back when, they proliferated by word of mouth. Fast-forward to the late 20th century and the preferred mode of dissemination became fax machines. Today, the Internet.
Scanning the post-election comment threads at Breitbart.com has been instructive. The mindset of hateful conspiracy theorists who flood that site on a regular basis (its influence continues to expand) is worthwhile for the skeptically-minded to grok, because they provide insight into how the fundamentalist religious mind functions. (Many of these commenters are themselves Christian fundamentalists.) [Read more…]