Dancing for a Good Cause

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…]

Baby Jesus Was Hiding in a Tree All This Time…

What is this?

If you guessed “A Dementor holding a Pikachu,” you’d be right… same for all of you who said it was the guy from The Scream exploding from the inside.

A Utah man begs to disagree, though. He says it’s the Holy Mother holding the baby Jesus: [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…]

The Explosion of Christian Conspiracy Theories in Obama’s America

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…]

Christian Refuses to Drive Bus because of Pro-Gay Ad on Side

Late this week, a Yorkshire (UK) bus driver refused to drive his bus because it had an ad on the side promoting the LGBT-friendly charity Stonewall: [Read more…]