Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. The event drew several hundred audience members to our mostly-commuter school and gave our group a lot of energy, momentum, and additional members. That was well over a decade ago and Edwin has been a friend to me ever since, most recently giving me permission to include his essay “Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation” in my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.

On Friday, American Atheists confirmed that Edwin had died at the age of 73.



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Why the Death of Fred Phelps Leaves Me with Mixed Feelings

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the legacy of Fred Phelps and whether he may have inadvertently helped the gay rights movement:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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A Few Interesting Things About Fred Phelps’ Death

Now that the news of Fred Phelps‘ passing has sunk in, there are a few last tidbits worth sharing:

1) Earlier this week, Westboro Baptist Church was calling any speculation about Fred Phelps‘ health “foolish.”

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Nate Phelps Issues Public Statement After His Father’s Death

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, broke the news over the weekend that the elder Phelps was on the “edge of death.” Now that Fred is dead, Nate has issued a public statement by way of Recovering From Religion, a group for which he serves on the board.



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When Fred Phelps Dies, Let’s Do Nothing

Apparently there is talk of some turnabout-is-fair-play picketing of Fred Phelps’ funeral when he finally dies. I think that’s a pretty ridiculous idea on its face. What would be the point? “That’ll show ‘em?” He’ll be dead, guys. And if he was looking down (or up) on the whole proceeding, can you imagine anything that would please him more than to see a throng of angry protestors at his funeral?

There’s another idea being floated that, yes, the funeral should be picketed, but “with love,” with a healing kind of demonstration in which Phelps would even be forgiven.

Look, doing any kind of pro-love and pro-forgiveness demonstration is well-intended, unlike the first option, which is just spite and emulating the very thing you’d be protesting. I get it; I applaud the motivation and the capacity for forgiveness, but in my opinion it’s still misguided.

Let’s take a step back.

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