Can We Get an Atheist on the Supreme Court?

The current Supreme Court consists of: 6 Catholics 2 Jews 1 Protestant And if Justice John Paul Stevens retires next year — he probably will — the sole Protestant would be gone. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate asks why it’s uncouth to talk about the religious makeup of the Supreme Court: … We talk about the [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Little Nephew is Being Brainwashed As a Christian

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Richard, Let me start by saying I have truly enjoyed your column. You give a lot of good advice I find myself agreeing with, and you provide a lot of food for [Read More...]

Atheist Bus Campaign in… New Zealand?

The New Zealand Atheist Bus Campaign wanted to raise $10,000 to put the classic ads on NZ buses — they surpassed that goal in 48 hours. Looks like these will soon be seen in the Land of the Kiwi: The campaign was launched here yesterday. New Zealand Atheist Bus Campaign spokesman Simon Fisher said it [Read More...]

Clergy Ratings Hit 30-Year Low, But…

This makes me sick: Americans’ views of the “honesty and ethics” of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating their moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions survey. Wait, that’s a good thing, right? Half the people don’t think Catholic Church clergy [Read More...]

The Community Holiday Party

A lot of you must have seen Thursday night’s episode of Community on NBC because I got several messages about it. The full episode isn’t available on Hulu yet, but this trailer gives you an idea of what to expect (sorry, non-Americans!): And elsewhere in the episode…: Shirley: You think religion is stupid. Jeff: No, [Read More...]