Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Message

This post is by Jesse Galef – We humans are so intent on finding meaning in things that we have a tendency to find it even where none was intended.  It’s what we call a false positive and it happens all the time.  We often hear about people seeing the Jesus or the virgin Mary [Read More...]

The Secular Student Alliance Draws Closer to the $50,000 Match

You’ll all be happy to know that this conversation took place in my classroom yesterday: Me: …and that’s how you do a Geometry proof. Any questions? [Male student raises hand] Me: Yes…? Student How does a tampon work? I can’t figure it out! Me: FML… Good times. On top of that, I was at school [Read More...]

The Second Annual Texas Freethought Convention

For the second year in a row, atheists in Texas are organizing a Texas Freethought Convention. This year, it’ll take place on November 14th in San Antonio. Speakers include Victor Stenger and Dan Barker. Also noteworthy: the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will be on hand conducting a blood drive. Next year, I say [Read More...]

Jails for Jesus?

A privately-run prison that will only hire Christian staffers is getting a lot of support from Wakita, Oklahoma officials. It could be up and running in 16 months. “The staff, being all born-again believers, will see this as a mission,” [founder of Corrections Concepts Inc. Bill Robinson] says. That, he says, is “about changing criminals [Read More...]

No Crucifixes in Italian Public Schools Anymore

After decades in which Christian crosses were placed in public school classrooms in Italy, it looks like they’ll finally be taken down. The decision was handed down by a panel of seven judges at the court in Strasbourg. They said that the display of crucifixes, which is common but not mandatory in Italian schools, violated [Read More...]