11 Incredible Atheist Billboards Just Went Up in Chicago

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Chicago chapter just put up 11 billboards throughout the city urging other atheists to come out of the closet (and I’m on one of them):



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Taliban Kill At Least 132 Children in Pakistan School Siege, Reportedly Burn Female Teacher Alive

In an act of terror reminiscent of the 2004 Beslan massacre and the handiwork of Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Taliban fighters attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan today, killing at least 132 pupils and nine teachers, including a female instructor who was alive when the attackers doused her in gasoline and set her alight in front of her class.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) has claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in revenge for an anti-terrorist military offensive. Spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said it was “just the trailer” to further attacks.



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Once Again, Florida’s Capitol Building Will Be Home to a Festivus Pole

Once again, Florida’s Capitol Building (already home to a Nativity scene, an FFRF banner, and a display from The Satanic Temple) will be home to a Festivus Pole, courtesy of atheist activist Chaz Stevens:



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Some Christians Love To Stuff Used Books With Godly Propaganda

Redditor Ilyushin bought a copy of Christopher HitchensGod Is Not Great and found the following Bible-based bookmark inside, apparently placed there by the seller:



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Why Progressives Must Oppose Anti-Intellectualism

A couple of years ago, David Niose, a past President of both the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America, wrote a wonderful book called Nonbeliever Nation. It was all about the growing demographic of “Nones” and what that meant for the country.

His latest book is all about how to harness those numbers to achieve political and social gains. It’s called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Niose talks about how the Religious Right powerfully blended together faith and politics, and why progressives must oppose anti-intellectualism:

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