Invisible Atheists Keep Jesus Out of Pennsylvania House

No atheist or church/state separation group is directly involved in this story. But the fact that such groups exist is a major part of it. In the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Will Tallman asked his pastor Rev. Gerry Stoltzfoos to deliver a “non-denominational prayer” to open the House’s legislative session. Stoltzfoos submitted a draft [Read More...]

A Contest: Pick a Name for the “Convert-the-Atheist” Game Show

By now, you’ve heard of the Turkish game show where religious figures from different faiths (priest, rabbi, Imam, etc.) try to convert a group of atheists. The show is called Penitents Compete (Tovbekarlar Yarisiyor in Turkish). British magazine The Week is running a contest. They want you to answer the following question: If an American [Read More...]

Goodbye, Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt, the author of Angela’s Ashes, died today. He taught at Stuyvesant High School in New York. I know Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein went to school there, but I don’t know if he ever had McCourt as a teacher. One person who did have McCourt as a teacher was Daniel Radosh, the author [Read More...]

Jimmy Carter Severs Ties with Southern Baptists over Gender Equality Issues

***Update***: It’s old news. Australia’s just now catching up to the rest of the world … Former President Jimmy Carter may still be religious (despite the misleading headline in the linked piece), but he has left the Southern Baptist Convention after 60 years. His reason: the treatment of women in his denomination and beyond. It [Read More...]

Did Governor Mark Sanford Miss This Bible Verse?

Governor Mark Sanford says “God will make him better” after he had an affair with an Argentinian mistress. Apparently, God was missing when Sanford was secretly emailing the mistress, catching a flight to see her, and getting it on: It’s in the spirit of making good from bad that I am committing to you and [Read More...]