Remembering When Satanic Verses Hit the Shelves

Andy Ross used to run a place called Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California. About twenty years ago, the store was firebombed after it carried and displayed copies of Salman Rushdie‘s Satanic Verses — a book that was deemed so offensive to Muslims that the Ayatollah issued a fatwa on Rushdie, calling for his death. Ross [Read More...]

Author Curious About Atheism in K-12 Education

Katherine is a writer who is working on a project about the Religious Right and their impact on public education (before college). Topics she is covering include: after-school evangelizing “clubs”; “student-led” prayer in high school athletics; distribution of religious literature on public school campuses; and debates over evolution, sex education, and the teaching of American [Read More...]

A Prisoner Reflects on Robert G. Ingersoll

Leslie Zukor runs the Freethought Book Project, which sends books about atheism to prisoners across the country. Recently, she received a letter from Michael L., a prisoner from Peoria, Illinois. She had sent him a book called American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll, about the Great Agnostic. Michael wrote a very moving letting back to her. [Read More...]

Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?

This is a guest post by Kris Komarnitsky, the author of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? … In January Hemant hosted Christian apologist Lee Strobel on this website. When Strobel was asked to provide some challenging questions to the audience here, the first question he provided was this one from fellow [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins’ Next Book

Richard Dawkins has been hinting for a while that his next book will be aimed at a younger crowd. We finally have more details about what that book will look like. Due out in autumn 2011, What is a Rainbow, Really? will take on topics including who the first man and first woman were, why [Read More...]