An Atheist Isn’t Allowed to Marry Anyone — Even in Las Vegas

In order to perform a wedding ceremony in Nevada, as in many other states, you must be part of some congregation. Humanist celebrants in American can get around this by saying they are part of The Humanist Society which has tax status as a religious group. But some atheists don’t want to go that route. [Read More...]

Tree of Knowledge Video Footage

Filmmaker Gregory Walsh shot the following video last week as the Tree of Knowledge went up in Philadelphia. Very well-made, I think. It’s part of his upcoming documentary on atheism. (Walsh also interviewed me for the film a while back.) [Read more...]

South Carolina “I Believe” Plates Halted

South Carolina’s “I Believe” license plates (shown in a mockup above) are not going to issued in the state, thanks to an injunction by a district judge. In a five-page order, [Judge Cameron McGowan] Currie said she issued the injunction because federal courts would likely find the law that created the plates a gross violation [Read More...]

Would You Help Restore a Nativity Scene?

Admit it: for a few minutes when you knew the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s atheist sign in Olympia, Washington was stolen, you were angry. People could disagree with it — maybe even get offended by it — but to the point that they would steal it? How “Christian” of them. Then the sign was recovered [Read More...]

There is Now a Christmas Tree at the UNC Library

Last week, I mentioned that the librarians at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill decided not to put up Christmas trees in its libraries. It was the right decision. I’ll admit having trees would be less egregious than a full-blown Nativity Scene, but the sentiment was a good one — let’s be inclusive to all [Read More...]