Illinois House Introduces Bill to Repeal Moment of Silence and Prayer

I’ve written before about how the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer time is back in Illinois. After several wasted “moments” in the classroom, some legislators are finally trying to put a stop to this nonsense. House Bill 0273 (HB0273) was introduced by Republican (!!!) Jim Durkin and has since picked up co-sponsors Karen May and [Read More…]

Doctor and Mrs. Christian

I read this in the middle of an article in the latest issue of Wired (19.03) and had to check it out for myself. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that when you give money to a Christian charity and they ask you who’s donating, “Mr. & Mr.” is not an option for “Title.” They don’t support [Read More…]

Ask Richard: New Unbeliever Distracted by Anger Toward Preacher

Dear Mr. Richard, How are you? After reading your posts on Friendly Atheist I decided to contact you with a problem of my own. First a little history leading up to my dilemma. It has been a long, hard slog to were I am at now. I started as a somewhat skeptical, but otherwise convinced, [Read More…]

He Should Have Fought the Female Wrestler

There’s a story making the rounds about a Christian high school wrestler who forfeited his chance to win a state title because he would’ve had to fight a female wrestler along the way: Joel Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High School this season, praised his first-round opponent, Cedar Falls freshman [Read More…]

The Reason Project’s 2011 Video Contest

Sam Harris‘ The Reason Project is having its annual video contest — first prize gets $10,000. Check out the videos and vote for your favorite. Voting ends on February 21st. My money’s on “The New Tithe” by Tony Wann & Justin Wilson: Taxing the churches: There’s an idea that needs to spread. … Side note: [Read More…]