Christian School Punishes Student for Wanting to Go to Prom

Last night was Prom for my high school students. I never sign up to chaperone the dances… partly because I have no desire to see any of my students skanking it up on the dance floor. That was the least of Tyler Frost‘s problems. He’s a senior at Heritage Christian School in Ohio, a fundamentalist [Read More…]

1 in 20 Atheists Prays Daily

I know we like messing with Internet polls… but real ones, too? Or is there an explanation for this? The Pew Research Center reports on what percentage of adherents to various religious faiths pray daily: Unaffiliated is at 22%. Specifically, among atheists, 5% of us pray daily. Stuart Bechman, president of Atheist Alliance International, gave [Read More…]

New Orleans’ “Day of Reason” a Success

I mentioned a couple days ago that New Orleans was planning a Citywide Day of Reason thanks to a local atheist group. You can see the city’s official proclamation here (PDF). Group president Harry Greenberger also delivered a secular invocation that day to open up the council meeting. Last year, this didn’t go so well, [Read More…]

God Helps Diaperless Little Boy

3-year-old Joshua Childers went missing earlier this week. Thankfully, he was found by a volunteer searcher on Wednesday afternoon. When found, Joshua was wet and covered in ticks. All he had on was a t-shirt and one shoe. He had lost his other shoe as well as his pull-up diaper. Somehow, he survived the two-day, [Read More…]

What Child Milestones Can an Atheist Contribute?

Reader Claudia‘s friends are married and they just had their first child. The mom is a “mild Catholic” — the kind who does weddings, First Communions, funerals, and not much else — and the dad is an atheist. They made an agreement I don’t think a lot of atheists would agree to: No church wedding, [Read More…]