Update on the FSM Church Vandalism

Yesterday, news broke that two churches in Bend, Oregon — Westside Church and Christian Life Center — had “Praise the FSM” (Flying Spaghetti Monster) graffiti painted on them. Many of you came together to pitch in over $2,500 to help with the cleanup. (And many of you have commented about what an awful idea this [Read More…]

Why Aren’t We a Bigger Political Force?

Adam Lee asks a great question at AlterNet: There Are 10 Times As Many Atheists as Mormons: When Will Non-Believers Become a Political Force? The answer’s pretty simple to me. For most Americans, Mormonism is pretty weird… but it’s their kind of weird. It’s religious weird. It’s someone who looks to a “higher power” for [Read More…]

Litigation Works!

After the Louisiana House voted unanimously to erect a 10 Commandments monument at the State Capitol building, a state Senate committee voted 5-2 to table the bill (effectively defeating it). Yay! And why did they oppose it? Some members of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee expressed concerns that House Bill 277 would lead to [Read More…]

What’s Happening with the Damon Fowler Money?

A lot of you want to know (and deserve to know) what’s going on with all the money you helped raise for Damon Fowler. If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, DarkMatter2525 created this helpful summary of Damon’s story: After asking for your support, you all raised over $31,000 for Damon: I want to [Read More…]

No Religious Texts on the 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books List

The Guardian has put out their list of the “100 greatest non-fiction books” of all-time. Forget the debate about the list for a moment. I just love this explanation of why no religious texts made the cut: … after some debate we decided that religious texts were a little too, well, fictional. Didn’t know a [Read More…]