David Bowie, Dead at 69, Was “Almost an Atheist”

Musician David Bowie has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.

The news comes only two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar.

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Pastor’s “Research” Into Near Death Experiences Affirms Biblical Account of Heaven

John Burke, the founding pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, has written a book all about “near death experiences” — and how they point to the truth of the Bible. And it’s totally scientific, you guys.

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How to Die With Love and Humor — and Without Gods

Breast cancer took the life of Heather McManamy this week. Aged only 36, the Wisconsin resident left behind her husband, Jeff, and a young daughter, Brianna. But oh hell, did she write them (and all her loved ones) a spectacular, inspiring letter.

At Heather’s request, Jeff shared it online.

So… I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead. Good news, if you’re reading this, is that you are most definitely not (unless they have wifi in the afterlife). Yes, this sucks. It sucks beyond words, but I’m just so damn glad I lived a life so full of love, joy and amazing friends. I am lucky to honestly say that I have zero regrets and I spent every ounce of energy I had living life to the fullest. I love you all and thank you for this awesome life.



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In Honor of Christopher Hitchens, Four Years Later

Four years after his death, the loss of Christopher Hitchens is still felt by many atheists.

In a time when Republican candidates will say damn near anything to get support from the toxic Religious Right, when fundamentalist Islam is creating havoc on an international scale, and when critical thinking is severely underrated, Hitchens’ take-no-prisoners approach to religion that seemed so radical at one time is sorely missed today.

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Man’s Death Sentence Overturned Because Prosecutors Told Jurors to Consider Biblical Law

In 1992, Rudolph Roybal was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and burglary. He had allegedly stabbed a woman (who had once employed him) 13 times, beaten her up, and slashed her neck before stealing her jewelry and heading to a different state. A jury found him guilty of the crime.

But when it came time to decide his penalty, the prosecutor urged the jury to consider something that had nothing to do with the evidence:

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