A Connection Between Shawshank Redemption and Atheism

Shawshank Redemption is my favorite movie ever. I’ve seen it several times and could quote entire scenes to you. And yet, I never noticed the connection between Brooks (the elderly inmate) and atheism until I read it at Talking Liberty: Forget Brooks’ age. Forget his gender. Forget the literal setting. Brooks is a metaphor of [Read More…]

School Tries (and Fails) to Take ‘God’ Out of ‘God Bless the USA’

Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Massachusetts recently decided to change the way they sing Lee Greenwood‘s “God Bless the USA” at their pep assemblies. First thought: Good! What an awful song. First, there’s the bad grammar… And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. Greenwood apparently lives in [Read More…]

‘Are You An Atheist?’ Billboard Goes Up in Tallahassee

Check out the new billboard up in Tallahassee, Florida: The Tallahassee Atheists meet every Sunday morning in case you’d like to attend a meeting. More information is on their Facebook page! No press coverage for the ad yet, but I’m sure that’ll come soon… (via @TallyAtheists) [Read more…]

Weapons-Grade Bigotry from My Alma Mater

When I attended Purdue University, I did my best to avoid The Exponent, the student newspaper. The reporting seemed (more than) a little lacking, the articles were frequently riddled with spelling and grammar errors, and I always tended to be more interested in U.S. politics and world affairs than the latest updates on the ice [Read More…]

Christian Bus Ad Advises Child with Druggie Parents to Pray, Not Call for Help

This bus ad, sponsored by Bus Stop Bible Studies, was seen in Toronto last week: Dear Jesus, My mom and dad do drugs at home and it scares me. Will you help them stop? Thank you for hearing my prayer. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank [Read More…]