Community Pastafarian Blog

You’re all invited to contribute to the (currently experimental) Flying Spaghetti Monster blog! All you have to do is register (on the right side of the page) to post your thoughts. Just remember to follow the ground rules. [tags]atheist, atheism, Pastafarian, FSM[/tags] [Read more...]

International Humanist Youth

The latest Humanist Network News podcast features students who attended the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization conference in India last year. You can listen to it below; it’s episode #22. The episode features these segments: Segment 1: International Humanist Youth in India The Society for Humanism (SOCH) Nepal reports on the IHEYO Conference held [Read More...]

NPR Interview with Ellery Schempp

NPR ran a terrific interview today with Ellery Schempp (the man who helped put a stop to mandatory school prayer decades ago) and his biographer Stephen D. Solomon. They were promoting Solomon’s new book Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer. (via the Secular Student Alliance blog) [Read More...]

British Poll: Only 16% are Atheists, but 42% Say Religion is Harmful

A new poll by YouGov in Britain has some surprising results (emphases mine): Only 16% of those polled called themselves atheists; 28% believed in God; 26% believed in “something” but were not sure what; and 9% regarded themselves as agnostics – like [poll commissioner John] Humphrys himself, who had a religious upbringing in Wales but [Read More...]

There Goes My Weekend

I was all set to have a relaxing, uneventful long weekend. Grading students’ quizzes, watching the Cubs, reading… My best-laid plans have gone awry. The Exterminator has challenged me to solve his latest puzzle creation. And since no puzzle will defeat me, I have to accept. Unless you can beat me to it. Which you [Read More...]