Response to Westboro Baptist Church Protest

Glendale Community College in Arizona recently staged The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, in honor of the tenth anniversary of his murder. Guess who was there to protest? Westboro Baptist Church, of course. But more than 100 people from several organizations (including the Secular Freethought Society from Arizona State University and a local [Read More...]

Who Are You Thankful For?

Columnist Jim Griffith of The Times-Herald in Georgia doesn’t think atheists can have a wonderful Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving must be a terrible time for atheists. They have no God to thank. They do not have the privilege of gathering with family and friends to express gratitude by saying: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” An [Read More...]

Here We Go Again

I was notified by email from Atheists United in Los Angeles of the following incident: On November 20, 2008, the city of Rancho Cucamonga pressured General Outdoor Advertising to remove a controversial billboard with the message “Imagine No Religion” on it because some of its citizens were offended by it. The billboard, paid for by [Read More...]

An Atheist in Lynchburg Has a Dilemma

Do you have any advice for this atheist reader? I’m an atheist living in Lynchburg, Virginia: Home to the Falwells, Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church. Last year, I went (as a huge, huge, huge favor) with my mother to the church’s Christmas Show. Towards the end they started their pitch about how the [Read More...]

Why Is the Sarah Palin Video So Disturbing?

You’ve already seen the Sarah Palin video where chickens are slaughtered in the background: Everywhere I’ve seen, websites and TV stations offer disclaimers: It’s not for the weak of heart. Don’t watch this if you haven’t eaten lunch yet. Etc. I don’t get it. Maybe this is just my own ignorant, vegetarian self writing… but [Read More...]