If You Can Create a Likable Atheist Character, You Could Win Up to $25,000

Last year, I posted an image created by reader Nick Pisca all about how fictional atheists on television seemed to always be so damn unlikeable:

To be fair, there are some atheists on TV who are genuinely likable, but you could probably count them all on one hand.

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Center For Inquiry are trying to alleviate that problem. They’re sponsoring a contest in which someone who creates a fictional, likable atheist could win a *lot* of money:

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After 2,800 Entries, Here’s a Secular Version of the Ten Commandments

To promote their new book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, authors Lex Bayer (a Silicon Valley entrepreneur) and John Figdor (the Humanist chaplain at Stanford University) held a contest in which atheists could suggest their own Commandments. Each winner would receive $1,000. (Disclosure: I was one of the judges.)

After 2,800 entries, the final list of Commandments is now out. What do you think?

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Win a Secular-Themed Art Print for the Holiday Season

If you’re still looking for a gift to get that special heathen this holiday season, these art prints featuring the quotations of people like Carl Sagan, Sam Harris, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are pretty sweet:

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There’s a Creationist Vending Machine in a Massachusetts Mall

Reader Brian was visiting the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts when he came across the strangest vending machine you’ll ever see…

It was selling books about Creationism written by Ken Ham:

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Contest Will Reward Atheists Who Remove Their Mask

Openly Secular, the campaign to get atheists to come out of the closet, is running a contest that’s pretty simple to enter:

All you have to do is make a video explaining who you are, why you’re open about your non-theism, and how it’s affected your life — and you could be in the running to win $1,000!

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